I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.
No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.
Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.
When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.
We meet Emma. She is literally caught between two worlds. The one she wishes to remain in, and the one that she’s being forced to go into. In this instance her own body is against her as well. You see, she’s a changeling. And for Merfolk, that means she must spend the first part of her life on land. Eventually though, she’ll have to return to the sea. It’s a slow transition, at first, it’s just an innate need to play in the ocean, until eventually she can’t breathe on land. Emma is an outcast at school because of something beyond her control, and with having to deal with that day in and day out. As well as, dealing with her transition into a mermaid that she doesn’t want, she’s also dealing with her special needs brother and those that would take advantage of him. This is a lot of stress for a girl of only 17. To top that off, she has a Merman named Merrick who’s determined to be her intended in Atlantis and she can’t stand him. Then she meets James. James is everything she needs and wants, but due to her situation, she refuses to have anything to do with. But the heart loves who it loves and it will reach out for that one. And thus we have the tumultuous love story of James and Emma.
Ms. Giles writes an interesting story. I do believe this is my first mermaid tale, other than the Little Mermaid. At first, I just could not get into her story. It was really hard, but by the end, I was knee-deep in the muck. I will say that this is a cliff hanger story. Kind of. There IS resolution, BUT I will tell you that you WILL want to read the next book. Because as it stands now, I REALLY like James. I’m not overly fond of Emma (though I DO understand where she’s coming from), I can’t STAND Merrick (though he MIGHT redeem himself), and I positively LOVE Keith. I will read the second book in this series. So the question is, would I recommend it? I would. This is a clean read. And though nookie is mentioned, it’s not blatant and it isn’t an important part of the story. So this is a good read for all.
About the Author
Nichole Giles, the author of DESCENDANT, BIRTHRIGHT, and WATER SO DEEP, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She is a huge fan of all things paranormal and magical. Her dreams include owning a garden full of fairies, riding a unicorn, and taming the pet dragon she adopted at a recent local ComiCon. His name is Zane. She also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.