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Blurb (from Goodreads):
"Life at the surface isn’t a decision that can be made. It’s something you have to be chosen to receive. What mermaids lack that humans possess, isn't legs. It’s a soul.”
Gwendolyn and Emma were best friends.
Until Emma vanished.
Since then, Gwendolyn’s life has been flipped upside down. She is being troubled by a past that has no answers, a crumbling relationship with her longtime boyfriend, Ryan, and a set of paranoid parents who are afraid to let her go. Curfews and locked windows can keep out harm.
But nothing can stop the urges.
Sudden, overpowering, unnatural--Gwendolyn is drawn to ocean’s hypnotic shore like a moth to the flame. It’s where she thinks Emma disappeared.
It’s where she meets Marcus.
A mysterious stranger with eyes that pierce her soul, his presence is an irresistible distraction. But there are things about Marcus that she can’t explain. And there are reasons he’s appeared that go beyond fate. The more she discovers the truth behind the man, the more she discovers he isn't a man at all.
Gwendolyn’s relationships are filled with dark secrets that she’s determined to uncover. She will go to any length to get the answers that she seeks. And what she finds will reveal the ultimate fate of her soul.
Amy Astorga’s thrilling novel is the first in the Waters of Change trilogy, an urban fantasy series filled with compelling symbolism, depth, and mermaids.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA fantasy story featuring mermaids.
I felt quite sorry for Gwendolyn in this story as she went through quite a lot, losing her best friend and then having to go through so much else. It was also hard for her to go through the problems she was having with her boyfriend, who she’d been with for several years.
The storyline in this was about Gwendolyn’s life changing; her best friend disappearing, her relationship suddenly being on shaky ground, as well as the appearance of a handsome stranger. The pace in this was okay, although it did seem to take a long time for the mermaid storyline to really come to the surface. I did think that the mermaid thing was done pretty well though, and it wasn’t your typical YA mermaid story.
The ending to this was quite surprising, and a bit of a cliff-hanger.
6.25 out of 10