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PRETTY IN PEARLS is a standalone novels that can be read without diving into the entire series! It follows series main character Lily's best friend Peri. Lily makes various appearances, of course, being Peri's best friend, but make no mistake: This is Peri's story. There are a couple of blink-and-you-miss-them spoilers referring to books one and three, but you don't need to know the series for this fun read!
Peri has had a crush on Riatus since guppihood. He's been away for a year, but now he's back and working in the market at his family's pearl booth. Peri thinks she's finally gotten him to see her and notice that she's grown up, but he's giving her mixed signals. To uncover his secrets, Peri must discover what he's hiding. But will finding out the truth put her in danger? Or will it help Peri find the courage to tell Riatus the truth about her feelings for him?
I forgot just how much fun I always had with Tera Lynn Childs' mermaids until I picked up this novella. By the time it was over, I wished it had been a full novel in and of itself. I would love a full-length novel about Peri and Riatus. My favorite book in the series is FORGIVE MY FINS and I'd love to fall in love for the first time again with another mer-couple falling in love for the first time!
One thing I really loved that pulled me into the story was all the creative underwater slang. Things like "guppihood crush," and telling someone, "Don't go all great white on me" or "I'll bubble message you." There are also some creative alternatives to cursing such as "Kiss my tail fin" and "What the clamshell." Then, of course, you have terms of endearment such as "angelfish" or angrily calling a bully "jerkfish."
It's just a fun series, and I'd love to see Childs continue writing in this world, even if only through novellas!