SYNOPSIS: From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.
Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?
Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.
my rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars
first off, i want to thank DC Ink for sending me an early copy for review!
so first i’ll talk about what i did enjoy. i like the vibes of the artwork this gave me, how metas hair was the only thing that was red and vibrant and everything else was blue and similar tones, i though that was interesting and a bit eye catching. i enjoy the story behind it, mera wanting to take a stand for xebel and take the crown, i like the thought. she seems edgy and fierce, until she gets on land.. overall it was a quick read and i did have enjoyment in reading this.
at first i was really excited to receive this, i loved the idea of a YA author writing for a DC comic, but was a bit disappointed by the story. it was choppy and cheesy for my liking, and i felt like the romance was just thrown in there and too forced. as for the artwork, it seemed sloppy, as i mentioned, i thought it was cool at first because mera’s hair and lips was the only vibrant thing and it was “moody ocean vibes”, but the characters faces weren’t consistent enough, not when the characters are in the shadow of far away because i understand their faces are distorted then.
the story has some promise to it, i’m not sure if there will be a second volume or not but if so, i’d like to read it to see where danielle paige takes the story. will arthur finally be prince of atlantis? will he and mera reunite? what about the xebellians, will they declare war?
thanks for reading my review, i hope you enjoyed it! if so, make sure to comment your opinions if you’ve read this book or will be picking it up! happy reading lovely bibliophiles!