Good afternoon, Arrowheads! This week’s book review is for Denver Evan’s debut release, Shallows! Shallows 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! 🙂