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.
There are some events that you really want to try to forget in life. Ones that you would like to block out for an eternity. But no matter where you turn, it seems like they are still there. Such is the case for Emma, a high school student with a whole lot going on. Boyfriend trouble, center of conversation troubles among peers and the biggest one of all, her future and life in general. Emma is on her way of transforming to a magical creature. One that survives with water alone. It’s not an immediate transformation. It comes with great stresses and trials along the way and big decisions that have to be made, however Emma, has to be up for the challenge, as her future depends on it.
Ms. Giles has created a very fast pace and easy read in the Young Adult genre. She does a nice job with character and setting development. The reader is truly given the opportunity to create images for themselves when reading. I personally like that. Not too much, not too little. Just enough to get my own creative juices flowing. The cover of this novel stands out. It provides the element of intrigue about what lies ahead.
Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She 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.