Evenly, S.H. Iridescent. 2021.
About the book
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S. H. EverlyFor 17-year-old Katrina Peterson, life is never the same after she finds out she’s moving back to California. Upon arrival, Katrina learns that the town has secrets, and at the heart of them is the mysterious and popular Jared, who’s been dreaming about her long before she came to Santa Cruz. Only one thing seems to have all the answers: a map given to her by her mother. But Katrina wonders how long she can keep her own secret from Jared. Will he ever accept her for who she truly is? But, more importantly, can she? A story filled with friendship, family, love, and even faith, Iridescent will take you away to the beaches and ocean waters of Central California, and on a magical journey in this coming of age book.
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S.H. Everly is a new-to-me author. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about mermaids where scripture is quoted. Definitely a new twist for me.
Kate is a teen who lives with her aunt Jan because she is an orphan. Jan moves her from Chicago to California (where they had lived when Kate was little) with little warning. She is forced to leave behind her only friend who for some reason cuts off all communication after she leaves. Kate reconnects with a friend from her childhood and makes new friends in her new school.
One thing that bothers me about this plot is that Jan is virtually non-existent for large sections of the story. If the two are as close as the interactions indicate (when present) it seems like Kate would have been connecting with Jan during some of the difficult situations she faces.
I was also bothered that, while Kate claims to have a deep faith, there is very little reference to participation in church activities. Kate also doesn’t rely on/recall many scripture references or biblical values. To me it is almost as though the faith aspect was an “added feature” to the story – faith really doesn’t play much of a part in the plot in spite of references to Kate having a deep faith.
In spite of these issues I did find the plot enjoyable. Everly did an excellent job of developing the characters and plot. There are surprises scattered throughout the story which adds to the enjoyment of reading it. I look forward to reading more in this series.
I encourage librarians to read Iridescent before placing it in their K-12 Christian school library. I would place in the secondary section, possibly labeling it for high school only.
I received a complimentary copy of Iridescent. This is my honest review.
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