This story is great but hard to listen to in some parts. It's about abused children that turn into Mermaids, need I say more. Their stories are sad bu..Show More »t it sends a good message. I really felt the pain of the main character Luce and can't wait for the sequel. If you have a hard time with stories of abuse though I wouldn't recommend this one for you. It's quite depressing all the way through. Thumbs up from me though.
It's been over a year since I read the first book in this trilogy (where did that time go?!). When I did my initial review, I remarked that the YA ma..Show More »rket is overcrowded with generic books dealing with mermaids (and vampires, and angels, and zombies...), and that anything that stood out would be genuinely welcome. With mermaids especially, it's almost like the subject matter leaves every writer and reader with more essence than substance. Such was the case with the first book, but... since then, the siren song started calling.
As with the first book, the lyrical writing style sets this one apart from others in its class. And just as in the first book, teenage angst is set aside in favor of real tragedy, hope, and actual story. If not for the fact the lead characters are teens, I'd believe this was more than a YA novel. Sarah Porter has tapped something dark and primal with this trilogy. The standard and expected tropes are there for the asking, but this story has pushed the boundaries of the mermaid concept about as far as anyone ever has, insofar as I'm aware. I'm pleased to say that whatever inspired me to pick up book 2 after all this time ensured that I won't wait nearly as long for book 3.