Author: Anna Banks
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Rating: 2.5
**notice: From now on I won’t be posting an actual rating of the books I read. Personally it is very hard for me to give a straight rating because so many factors go into why I like or don’t like books. Another reason is if I was an author I would get a little sad if someone gave me a bad rating. So from now on I will just point out what I like and what I don’t like. Though I have decided I will post a rating of what I think of covers. If any authors see these ratings, it has nothing to do with you. It actually takes a lot to wow me on a cover.
Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.
Spoiler Free Review:
Recently I have been getting into mermaid books because they intrigue me. The thing that I like about them is that they are constantly changing. By changing I mean that facts about them are different from book to book. In one book a mermaids kiss will turn you and the next there is no way to become one. These little details help define what a good mermaid book is to me.
One thing that I really like about the book was that there were multiple perspectives throughout the novel. I always think that it really helps guide a reader though actually getting to know the characters on a deeper level. It is sometimes hard to gauge a book based on just one point of view from one character. That is why I typically don’t like books that are in third person because I don’t think you can really understand a book very well.
If you like mermaids, romance, and mystery I would suggest this book for you. It is honestly one of my favorite mermaid books that I have read. It has a certain aspect in it that I have never read in another novel that I have never seen in another book before and it really pulled me in. Romance comes into play with the two main characters. Then mystery connects with the reason that pulled me into this book.
The book starts off with Emma and her best friend Chloe. Emma literally runs into Galen on the board walk. At this point you think well she literally ran into this hot guy we all know what that means, love interest! Then the friends notice that this hottie has the same intriguing eye color that Emma has. Galen and his twin separate from them because they decide they are going to go surfing.
Things take a very surprising turn that I was definitely not expecting. They are on their surfboards and a shark comes up and takes hold of her leg, the suspense! At this point Galen jumps into the water because he noticed the shark coming. He turns invisible so Emma can’t see her since she jumps into the water to help Chloe. Though Emma tells the shark to stop and it does. At this point I was thinking whawhawhatttt because I have never seen this type of thing in any mermaid book that I have read. Galen is stunned because he sees her talk to the shark, something he has never seen any human ever do. Even though Emma got the shark to leave Chloe she ends up dying.
After that Galen talks to her sister about Emma possibly being Syrena (mermaid), but she says it’s not possible since she is blonde. All Syrena are dark skin and dark hair with the weird eyes. Even after their talk Galen has a feeling that he needs to get some answer. He decides to follow her back to her home and enroll in her school to discover how she has their eyes and could control the shark.
Emma is set into a depression because her best friend who was her whole world dies. She shows up to school and is sticking to herself when she runs into Galen and is shocked to find him there. I mean what are the actual odds that the hot guy that you met across the country shows up to your school. I am guessing not very good in my opinion.
After some deduction Galen comes to the conclusion that the only option is that Emma is a Syrena. He tells her what she is and she is shocked. I mean if someone told me I was a mermaid I wouldn’t believe it without some proof either. After some persuasion he finally convinces her what he is.
Emma begins trying to practice and hopefully push herself to the point where her body will change. They are now spending everyday together working up the amount she can stay underwater, increasing it everyday. Sure beats my one minute that I can hold my breath. Since they are always together her mother seems to think they are dating and they go along with it since she won’t be convinced otherwise. While Galen talks to her mother he looks at her, hoping to notice if she looks Syrena, but she has regular colored eyes. Everything else about her mother looks Syrena, but the fact that she doesn’t have the eyes that they have.
Galen gets Emma to talk to sea animals again and he then tells her about how she has this gift. It is called the gift of poseidon. This gift is very rare and allows you to speak to any sea animals. Seems like a pretty cool gift if you ask me. It is very mysterious that she has this gift because you have to from a certain type of Syrena. Galen is from Triton and she would be from Poseidon, it is very odd how she was born though. The most recent person that would be a candidate is the princess from poseidon, but she supposedly died awhile ago in a mine when she was promised to be married to Galen’s brother.
Galen and Emma take a trip to the doctor that Galen trusts and lets run tests on him. While there Emma gets some tests done on her to hopefully get some more answers. The doctor comes to the conclusion that Emma is half Syrena. He figures this out because the reason Syrena live so long is that they have a slower heart rate than humans that makes them age slower. She has a heart rate in between a human and Syrena.
They get home and Emma decides to confront her mom. Galen says that she is the missing princess. He discovered that when a Syrena is on land for a prolonged amount of time their eyes change to a more normal color. This is how her mom looked Syrena, but with a normal hair color. Her mom then ties everyone up and drugs them so she can take Emma and go on the run.
I finished this and my mind was a bit blown. Throughout pretty much the whole book I never could have guessed that her mom was the missing princess. I mean now looking back on it I can see the hints that were there. I think that the author did a very good job of using slight hints, but not giving it away until the very end. This book honestly surprised me, I bought it form book outlet for a couple dollars not expecting much. The author included a good amount of fantasy, romance, and mystery without having too much.
I really liked the half mermaid aspect because I had never read anything like that before.In every other book that I have read they are always a full mermaid, even if they didn’t know they were a mermaid. So I thought that it was very inventive of the author to not only think of this, but also use medical aspects how she is different from both humans and mermaids. Overall I think this was a great book and I would read it again.
**Side note: I finished the whole series in less than a week!
Hope you liked this. Let me know what you think in the comments!!
From your local bibliophile, see you next time 🙂