Review: Updrift by Errin Stevens


For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

My Review:

Updrift by Errin Stevens is a captivating spin on the typical mermaid story.

When Kate and her mother move to a new seaside town, Kate befriends Gabe. Kate and her mother grow close with Gabe and his family over the years, and, eventually, Kate and Gabe start to see each other as more than friends.

But Gabe is keeping a huge family secret. A secret he can’t tell Kate even though he desperately wants to. You’ll never guess….

Kate knows that Gabe is hiding something, and she is determined to find out what…

This is an interesting story about love, secrets, and the bonds of family. I especially like the magical underwater world that the author created. This story, from the setting to the characters to the plot, is original, unique and captivating.


Favorite Parts:

  • strong female protagonist
  • really creative underwater world
  • the slow burning love story


This is a mer-tastic coming-of-age novel for readers who like fantasy and romance.

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