- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (July 21, 2011)
Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?
This was not at all what I expected for some reason I was under the impression that this was a mermaid book. While it is not a mermaid book I wasn't disappointed! This was a great story. Lexi was a fantastic character, she just wanted to be a normal teenager, but all that gets taken away the night Steven dies. Lexi isolates herself from all her friends, trys to blend into the background. After 2 years of people ignoring her, or being nasty, Cole starts talking to her. Lexi slowly starts rebuilding the life she use to have while trying to keep everyone around her safe. Lexi happens to be hiding a huge secret... Just as Lexi and Cole seem to be getting closer, enters Erik, the new hot kid in school. From there it is an emotional roller coaster watching Lexi fight against her secret, take back the life she lost, and try to improve her future. I really enjoyed these characters. Lexi was pretty nifty she tried so hard to do what she needed to do to keep people safe. I was rooting for her from the start. I fell for Cole, he was just great in ways I can't describe. Erik seemed to rub me the wrong way for a while, then I was hoping that things would work out for him, but in the end I ended up really really disliking him. The ending really caught me off guard, nothing quite turned out the way I thought it would. I flew through this book, I didn't want to put it down! I give this one 5 stars and glowing recommendations.