Published By: Egmont USA
Year of Publication: July 13 2010
Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Review: This was my first siren/mermaid book, so I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it, but I really did.
Although I did like Vanessa, the female main character, and the one whose view the book is written from, she wasn’t my favorite character.There wasn’t anything wrong with her or that hit me the wrong way, I just liked another character more.
That character was Simon. He was awesome! If I ever met him in real life, I would definitely like him. He’s smart, does well in school, is an all around good guy, with a little nerd around the edges. I think it’s the slightly nerdy side to him that makes him interesting and irresistible to me. I found his character to be different from a lot of male characters in YA lately – it was refreshing actually. (Maybe I have a thing for nerds – one of my favorite shows right now is The Big Bang Theory.)
The plot was great up until the end. I thought it was a little too rushed, and the reader was expected to make connections that weren’t quite there. I think it would have made a world of difference if there had been another chapter or two to tie up the lose ends. I would have felt more “finished” with the book I think.
This is the first book in a trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next one. On Goodreads, it says the second one is going to be published sometime in 2011.
Disclosure: I got this book from the library.