By: Shana Norris
Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.
But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.
As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.
Confession, I wasn't sure if I would actually like this one or not since I haven't read a whole lot of mermaid stories. But I picked it up anyways if for no other reason than to see how many times I would want to break into a rendition of "Under the Sea." Thankfully, it was not simply a retelling of The Little Mermaid. There was a great story there!
Mara's mother just died and she is forced to live with her estranged father. So she's 16, dealing with the loss of the only real parent that she has ever known, dealing with typical 16 year old drama at school, and trying to make a life in a new town. Of course everyone in this new town seems to already know her as soon as she arrives. But why are so many people against her and her father?
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