Legend of Mermaid Cliff

The Awakening Trilogy Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
361 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2022
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Author Biography

Young adult author Brandon Rohrbaugh daydreamed as a child of creating his own fictitious worlds like the ones from his favorite movies. With his urban magical realism title, Legend of Mermaid Cliff, he achieves this by combining reality and fantasy in a way that immerses the reader in its dark world.

Writing his novels involves a lot of research to create ideas for a story. Some of his best writing happens when it’s raining outside, its sound having an entrancing effect on him. Brandon believes a great book is one that captures the reader’s attention, staying with them long after the book is closed. He hopes his readers feel a connection to his characters and what they experience in the book, allowing them to escape their own world for a time.

When he’s not writing young adult thrillers, Brandon runs an online book resale business, likely a contributing factor in inspiring him to write his own book. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children and their two dogs.

Legend of Mermaid Cliff is his debut novel, the first in The Awakening trilogy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Legend of Mermaid Cliff, the first book of The Awakening Trilogy by Brandon Rohrbaugh, raises its curtain over a foggy morning in the seaside town of Rockport. Sixteen-year-old Mark Parker, while jogging near Mermaid Cliff, stumbles upon a crime scene. The body of his high school crush, Veronica, lies at the bottom. Mark was the last person to see her the previous night, but unfortunately, the events are a complete blur to him. In the face of his classmates’ accusations, he struggles to assemble clues to identify the killer. His desperation grows as the body count rises, but every adult in the town warns him not to go deeper into the matter. Why do suicides occur every twenty-five years in an otherwise peaceful town? What secrets is the little town hiding?

Brandon Rohrbaugh's vivid descriptions of the misty cliff, shadowy forests, and chilly nights created an uncanny atmosphere that perfectly suited the plot. The creepy storyline made me scared while keeping me glued to the pages. Rohrbaugh executed an authentic portrayal of the high school kids, with their cliques and hierarchies delineated. The use of Mark’s perspective made me privy to his innermost thoughts and emotions, from trepidation to fear to hope. As he uncovered the devastating truth the town kept secret, I felt myself to be a part of his adventures. Legend of Mermaid Cliff is an impressive start to what I expect to be a breath-taking urban fantasy trilogy. With a group of plucky kids trying to confront ancient horrors, this would be a perfect choice for those who enjoyed Stephen King’s It.