For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
I rather liked this soft, romantic book. Its main focus is Esmerine's search for her sister in the world on the land. But in the process she grows up, matures, find romance and finds herself.
I really liked the aspect of the romance between a siren and a winged boy. How she learned to trust him to carry her while he flew, how they both had to compromise in order to fit into each other's lives and worlds.
They are a bit of star-crossed lovers, too, in the way of the saying "a bird and a fish can't fall in love because where will they live?"
The depth of the story is about accepting people who are different from ourselves, and I found that a very important message to pass to young readers.
The truth is, this book is in my opinion targeted at a younger audience, because it was very fluffy and a bit simplistic in its writing style.
However, it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to bying it, because I read it via the NetGalley.
It is out now.