Author: Joelle Sellner and Abby Boeh (artist)
Release date: 2nd May 2017
Reading Time: 1-2 Hours
After the death of their mother, Aryn and her family move to a new town, where she makes new friends and catches the eye of the hottest guy in school. It all seems to be going well for Aryn, until she discovers that her new crush, Adrian, may not actually be human, and that their lives are in danger.
I picked up Mer because I’m a sucker for mermaid stories… And as a graphic novel, I was looking forward to seeing as well as reading about these mythical creatures, but Mer is a disappointment, visually and story wise. Then again, I guess it’s my fault for picking up something marketed as “Twilight meets Atlantis” (I have nothing against Atlantis).
Whilst the colouring is pretty, the actual art work didn’t do it for me. It looks too sloppy and amateurish, and the layouts are confusing at times. The story is weak and the flow is choppy. We jump from plot point to plot point too quickly without any actual development. As a result, the characters come across bland and underdeveloped, and the action has no weight behind it. The dialogue also leaves much to be desired. There are quite a few ‘eye-roll’ inducing lines, mostly from Aryn and Adrian. And speaking of those two, don’t get me started on the insta-love thing, it made me groan out loud. I almost stopped reading at page 23, but I didn’t, because mama didn’t raise no quitter.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind Mer is interesting, and if it had been executed correctly, it would have been enjoyable. As it is, Mer is a struggle to get through. If you’re looking for visually engaging art, strong plot and relatable characters, Mer is not for you.
TL,DR: A graphic novel with an interesting premise that is sadly poorly executed.
*I received this ARC free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*