Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mermaids, Young Adult
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.
There aren’t enough books about mermaids, people of the deep, or, in this case, Syrena. This is the second time that I’ve read this book and enjoyed my time with Galen (oh, the sass) and Emma. Knowing how it was going to end, like any of my other rereads, made it more stressful and interesting. After reading a book for the first time, the story tends to stick together as a whole, so it’s always interesting to dissect it for a second time and wait for the best scenes to happen. I didn’t think it was possible to find more hilarious moments and lovely jokes, but I had to pull out my sticky notes for the second time.
The cover was originally what drew me in. Every book in this series has wonderful artwork that practically begs for your attention. Once you start the book, it only picks up the pace. A lot of major things happened in the first couple of chapters that set the tone for the entire novel. There was a little romance, a splash of mystery, and a reincarnation of the sea creatures of the deep.
Emma was a fierce main character. Sarcasm always makes a story that much more enjoyable, and Emma had plenty to spare. Galen only increased the sass associated with this book and brought out many laugh-out-loud moments. Banks did a good job of having Emma balance precariously on the edge of growing up and asserting herself and still being a teenager who had common arguments with her mom. She did get on my nerves a little, but like any real person, she had her flaws that made her a better lead.
I had forgotten how hilarious Rayna, Galen’s sister, could be. Rayna was that girl that you probably would have either had as a best friend or a worst enemy. I got the itch to reread this book after reading some of the short stories from this series on Wattpad (if you need a reason to get a Wattpad account, here you go). Now that I know more background on her character, the scenes between, the parts where I had to fill in the blank, were sweeter and spunkier.
Galen: tall, dark, and handsome…plus he had a fin. For all the girls that obsess over mermaids, mermen, or sea creatures, you now have someone daydream about. I loved him the first time through the series, and he only got better this time around. He had his flaws, too, like his occasional chauvinistic attitude, but he cared for Emma. Their story was a little slow going, which is something that I enjoyed about this book. Though they did have a mutual attraction, and Emma does have dreamy thoughts about the sea prince, she wasn’t jumping into his arms like her life depended on it.
In desperate need of some snarky comebacks? Possibly heavy doses of sarcasm? Look no further! The ocean never did look so appealing—dive into the Emma and Galen’s story and learn all the (possible) secrets of what really goes on beneath the waves.