Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Format: Paperback, Won
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...
Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
I was told by my wonderful bestie, Kristalyn, that Anna Banks was doing a signing at the local library that I live by. I knew of her books but I wasn't able to get around to them yet. I still HAD to go to the library to meet her. I was shocked that she was from around her, I had no idea. I was even more shocked when I won the first two books in the trilogy. I bought the third book, Of Neptune earlier that day just to have something for her to sign since the local book store was out of the other books of hers.
I was finally able to get around to her books. Review books really held me back for a while but I am finally working on my TBR shelf a bit. I knew this one was that I needed to pick up immediately. I am glad that I did.
I loved this book. I felt the characters to have lots of depth in them. You could feel all of Rayna's animosity towards pretty much everything. You could feel Emma's sarcasm and wit. It was great.
One of the favorite things about this book though is where part of it is written. The book starts with Emma staying in Destin, FL. To most that won't mean much, but that is where I live. I knew exactly what the author was saying because well I drive past pretty much all of it everyday. I have been to the Gulfarium more times than I can count, I have been to Baytowne Wharf, and I know what the sand and water look like. I also know that Bull Sharks are evil, though the author makes them even more evil in the book. I had a sense of pride of knowing all of it. I hear of so many books picking big cities for their books, so it was nice to read one of a small town and one that I actually know very well.
I really liked Galen. I liked how he was trying to hold himself back but you still got glimpses into his emotions and how he feels. He is a strong character personality and physically but he is such a softy as well. He tries to act like he isn't, but I definitely sense it in him.
Emma was hilarious. The things that she would come up with to either be a comeback to Galen as well as the things she said about herself cracked me up. She even starts out the story saying she is like an intoxicated walrus when it comes to how clumsy she is. I have never heard that reference but it made so much sense. I also love how strong she is too. She takes all the news very well and doesn't seem to freaked out about it. Most would run for the hills but she holds her own. She doesn't seem to feel fear in was others usually do.
There are also the side characters of the Doctor that helps check her out to test her against Galen, as well as Toraf, Rayna, Rachel, and Emma's Mom. They all had a sense of personality as well that was very nice to add to the story. They weren't just random characters, they all played their part and some seem to have very big roles to come.
This was a refreshing book to the usual mermaid book. They have shark fins instead of a goldfish look and they don't have the usual scales. The world is set on land quite a bit, but there is also times that you get to see in the water as well. The detail the author accomplishes is wonderful.
The romance in this story is also well drawn out. It is heartwarming and blazing with love as well as a slow love. It is one that takes time for anything to come of it no matter the two feel before that. They both have their reservations and it all ends up working out in a believable and engaging way. It isn't the typical love at first sight.
This book was great and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy to come. I spent all morning devouring this one and I have a feeling my night will revolve around getting book 2 finished off as well!!