- Goodreads Synopsis -
When Callie Pierce turns 18 she has three very simple goals: avoid her stepfather, escape to an Ivy League university of her dreams, and party with her friends. But on a night like any other, when the moon is full over the ocean, her life changes in a way that no one could have ever seen coming. On the sandy beaches of San Diego she meets Orion, a man from whom she cannot stay away and to whom her return becomes as inevitable as the tide kissing the shore. If that isn't enough, a kiss which changes everything plunges Callie head first into a world of mythic responsibility, epic danger, and heart stopping romance. The mer, an ancient race of warriors brought forth to defend the seas, show her wonders beyond what is humanly possible, forcing her into an archaic chain of events that bring together power, seduction, violence, and beauty in a terrifying, yet exhilarating mix. Then there’s the Banished to contend with, a group of Psirens corrupted by the ocean's abyss that stand to destroy the eternity Callie has been promised. Will she sacrifice herself for the greater good, or is the gravity that pulls her to Orion just too great to bear?
"I smile at the gorgeous pastel of the aqua scales that coat her lower half. I always knew she would be beautiful, that belief confirmed within me as soon as I met her, sitting, singing softly to herself in he sand, but I did not expect the mer blood within her to transform her to such a transcendently stunning creature."
I have never read anything by Kristy Nicolle before. I have been dying to read her Tidal Kiss Trilogy for a while now, and I can honestly say that it did not disappoint! This series is one of the best mermaid series I have read so far, and that means a lot because I have read a LOT of mermaid books. Mermaids are kind of my thing, but most of you all know that by now.
The Kiss That Killed Me is the first book in the trilogy. We are introduced to Callie, a young girl who lives in San Diego, CA. Callie is your normal teenage girl. She has many friends, likes to party, doesn't like her stepdad, and is worrying about college and her future. Everything changes when Callie meets a mysteriously attractive young man. Who is this guy? Where did he come from? Why is he so mysterious? Callie is soon thrown into a whole new world where she knows nothing and no one. She isn't even sure how she got there herself. The only thing she knows and recognizes is the mysterious man, Orion. Orion will forever change Callie's world.
"Someone like you.. like us, when we die.. we return to the sea. Once we come into contact with salt water a transformation begins, one that changes us into our destined self, one that turns us into warriors, defenders of the sea."
I absolutely loved the characters and the story! Kristy Nicolle has the most incredible mind and imagination I have ever seen. Nicolle takes you into this beautifully magic underwater world full of mermaids, evil, love, and betrayal! I can not believe that this book came from a human mind. The story line is so perfect and I feel like us, humans, never get anything perfect! Nicolle is doing something right! One major thing that I loved about this book is all the background history. Nicolle gives us so much information on Poseidon, Atargatis, psirens, mermaids, sailors, and so much more! This book absolutely blew my mind!
Kristy Nicolle writes in such a beautiful way! Once I start one of her books, I absolutely can not stop. Her words hypnotize me and I am not free until the last word is read. I have said this already, but I will say it again.... I LOVE MERMAIDS!!!! Nicolle picks out perfect mermaid names for all her characters! She also has a gift for making the details in her book pop out at the readers. Her characters and settings were so descriptive and real. I pictured everything in my head as I read through this book. Nicolle really gave this book her all and with that in mind, each book does in fact get better and better! Nicolle is proving to us that she is capable of GREAT things! I am now a forever and ever and ever fan of Kristy Nicolle! You guys definitely need to add this book and the rest in the series to your TBR lists!
"I reach up to the place above my heart where scales line the scar left by the event that had changed my life forever, the kiss that killed me."