(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve read (and seen) quite a lot of fiction about mermaids, so with reading a new book about mermaids, it’s always interesting to see where the author might take it.
When I read the blurb of this book originally, I thought it was going to be much less serious and more of a spoof book about mermaids. I was pleasantly surprised that there were actually quite a few serious moments in this.
The characters were interesting, as were the glimpses of the society that Sirena and her daughters were from. I would have liked to know a bit more about them, such as why they only had female children and had to use male humans to procreate. I also would have liked to know a bit more about what the mermaids looked like and how they differed to humans. That wasn’t very clear.
I was quite intrigued about Sirena’s history with the humans and I liked her and Joe’s relationship. There were some moments that made me smile when I was reading the book, especially when there was the conversation about dolphins throwing things back at humans.
I wasn’t that keen on the multiple first person POVs. It’s a style choice I struggle with, especially when the chapters are so short, I’m only in one character’s head for a short while before being pulled into the next one’s.
Generally, I did feel that the characters were interesting and well-written. It was good to read the interactions between them and even though I would have liked to see more of the world, the glimpses I did get were intriguing and made me want to see the rest of the world and more of its characters. I’ll probably read the sequel to this book at some point in the near future.