By Anna Banks
Feweil & Friends, 2012. 326 pgs. Young Adult
Galen, one of the Syrena princes, gets word that there's a girl living on land who displays characteristics of the Syrena--except the Syrena aren't supposed to live on land. It breaks the laws of their people and has a physical toll on them as well, so she shouldn't be there, and yet, when Galen goes to investigate, there she is. Emma definitely has traits of the Syrena, but she also has very human traits as well. Still, Galen becomes convinced that she is one of them--but he has to convince her of that as well. And when he becomes convinced that she has a special gift, not seen often in the Syrena, he knows that, according to the laws of his people, that Emma is going to have to marry his brother, who is to be the next ruler of their kingdom. However, he doesn't know how to tell Emma that, or how to let that happen, since the idea of Emma with his brother is driving him crazy.
Teen fantasy fans will love this book; Galen and Emma's romance is sure to draw in lots of readers, and Galen is going to have readers wishing they could have a merman of their own. Emma is a spirited but still vulnerable protagonist, trying to figure out who she really is and where she really fits in the world. With a cliffhanger ending, readers are going to be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.