Age Range: 12 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 4, 2012)
Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.
Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.
This wasn't your typical mermaid story, but yet it was an amazing story. The story of Syrenka and Ezra will wrap itself around you and hold you close until the end. This wasn't a happy tale, it was a tale of love, betrayal, heartbreak and loss. Yet with all this sadness it was beautiful.
Syrenka and Ezra had a rough time of it, he was a human and she was a mermaid. Through unhappy circumstance Syrenka became a human and for a while they were happy. When her past catches up with her tragedy strikes and sets in motion a curse that will last for generations.
Hester lives a kind of lonely life she has friends but will never get closer. She doesn't want to fall in love or have children, for if she does she fears she will die a few days later like her mother and grandmother and so on. There is so much that goes into this that to say much more might spoil something. Just know that this is a beautifully written tale that will suck you in.
I would recommend this to everyone even if you don't like mermaids, for this isn't your typical mermaid tale. I give this one 5 stars!