Book Review: Mera: Tidebreaker

Gyaaaahhhhh can someone please cure my procrastination

I just opened up Goodreads to get the image for the cover when I saw the beautiful promo Goodreads put for tidebreaker; there’s a sea-green background and some banners which are GORGE.

wait holy hell its a GIF i just REALIZED

it’s not doing its GIF thing over on Goodreads but it is HERE


Name: Mera: Tidebreaker
Author: Danielle Paige
Illustrator: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: April 2, 2019


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.

Book Cover Comments

The seafoam green is everything to live for, and the strong stare that Mera gives you as her head slightly peaks out of the water surface? YES. Stunningly gorgeous.

The Actual Review

So I had to get this book because I was a big supporter of Danielle Paige’s recent works. I got into her Stealing Snow series (you can check out the review of book one HERE) and when I heard that she was doing a collaboration with DC, I got excited, especially since I’ve been getting some DC collab YA books myself, with Wonder Woman and Catwoman.

I definitely wasn’t expecting a graphic novel, nor was I expecting DC Ink to be a full-blown YA graphic novel project. That is definitely really cool, and a new step forward to attract customers like me who has zero clue about the DC Universe, or just about superheroes in general.

Disclaimer, I had no idea who Mera was, all I knew was that she has some ties with Aquaman.

Mera is a fantastic character that is super brave in this story as she figures out her place among the ocean kingdoms, her place as the legendary Queen’s daughter, her place as a princess, her place as someone to be married off to a neighboring kingdom’s prince. The struggles she goes through with internally, the struggles she goes through with after meeting Arthur, after spending a little time on land, I could definitely see “The Little Mermaid” coming through ;)

This is Mera’s side of the story when she first encounters innocent and I-know-nothing Arthur Curry before he becomes THE Aquaman. Though I did find it kind of hard to wrap around the idea that the Arthur Curry, this innocent sixteen-year-old boy in the graphic novel, is AQUAMAN as depicted in illustrations by DC or the movie. One’s cutesy, and the other one’s just straight up, you know, Aquaman?

Now I didn’t watch the movie, but I felt like Mera didn’t have as much character development whatsoever just from watching CinemaSins sin AQUAMAN (2018). She just kind of felt, pushed of to the side, you know what I mean? But with the graphic novel, we get the full force of Mera and Mera only while listening to the paths she desires to choose, and what shall happen to her legacy with decisions and choices needed to be made.

The love story, while really short, between Mera and Arthur, was honestly so cute. I personally am highly affiliated with water and the ocean, so seeing Mera and Arthur have some underwater moments, both good and bad, was excitingly thrilling.

Though I’m not sure I really like the monotone, green hue to the illustrations; but I suppose it is difficult to have full blown colouring for all 200 pages of the graphic novel. This is literally the reason why I don’t really read manga lol (even though I love anime) because its monotone.

But personally, I would have loved to see DC Ink use this label as a chance for not MORE graphic novels (maybe excerpts but). DC is based upon graphic novels and the DC Icons 4 book series published by Penguin Random opened a whole new door. I felt like in combination with Danielle’s exciting and beautiful writing, Mera: Tidebreaker could be so much more in written form, slowly breaking down the movements, moments and words and thoughts instead of having them compressed because of the graphic novel format.

An exciting wave of emotions wash up to shore as Mera needs to decide her legacy and her place between Xebel, Atlantis, her father and her newfound love, Arthur, as she becomes a Tidebreaker to break off the chains binding her.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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