Book Review: Shallows by Denver Evans

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! This week’s book review is for Denver Evan’s debut release, ShallowsShallows is a young adult fantasy novel centering around a boy named Emerson who discovers the truth behind his village’s corrupt leadership. So, without further delay, let’s dive into Shallows!


Shallows proved to be the perfect beachy summer read I was hoping for, complete with an island atmosphere, a quirky and adorable main character, and plenty of time in the water!


  • Emerson: Or, as his mother calls him, Emrie. Gah, his characterization was amazing! I loved the way the author portrayed Emrie’s timid and socially awkward personality. His character arc makes this debut series shine, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for him (and what inventions he has up his sleeve).
  • The Mermaid Element: Okay, so when I first realized this book would have mermaids in it, I tried to keep an open mind. Fantasy creatures like mermaids, werewolves, and vampires (unpopular opinion alert!) are overused in literature, especially within the last ten years. I began reading hoping this wouldn’t be a cliche mermaid book… and it wasn’t! The author’s take on these mermaids was unique and well thought out. As someone who is usually dissuaded by fantasy creatures, I highly enjoyed this element and its backstory.

The Iffy Things:

  • The Time Period: I loved the setting, but was unsure about what time period the story takes place in. If I had to guess, it seemed like possibly the 1800s, though some of the tools and technology seemed advanced for that period.
  • Easily Resolved Conflict: I felt like a couple of the conflicts toward the end were resolved too easily and there was a need for more tension for the reader.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading its sequel! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

What has been your favorite summer/beach read this year? Feel free to share in the comments! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,


Posted by

As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Shallows by Denver Evans

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s