Hardcover published 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Arc received through ARCycling/Purchased finished copy
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...Thoughts:
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 went to the local Fierce Reads tour stop when this book was being publicized, and being soon after the Festival of Books and a lack of reviews from trusted sources, I couldn't fit it into my budget. But everyone, Anna in particular were hilarious. She has this great, deadpan humor. So when I came across an arc on offer for ARCycling, I jumped at it.
Anna's humor most definitely comes through in Emma's character. Very funny, Emma's first encounter with Galen is quite memorable. From the description of the novel, I worried that it would be too much of a romance swing, but those fears were unfounded. As with nearly all YA, romance is a strong plot point, but Emma is not a sort to sit and moon over a boy, or forget about her life prior to meeting with some guy who pays attention to her. I found Emma to be a good, strong character, with lots of humor throughout the book. I ended up really enjoying the book, and had to check with the bookstore which hosted the event as to if they still had signed copies left (which they did) as soon as I finished. The worst thing I could say is, since it is a trilogy, it ends with a cliff hanger.
Verdict: Read It