Book #1 in the Songstress Trilogy
The Story...

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.

Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Water Mirror-- A Must Read!!!!

I just finished reading Kai Meyer's The Water Mirror, and it was amazing! I stumbled across it at the library and was immediately drawn in by the mermaids on its cover. (Of course these aren't typical mermaids at all. They have enormous, gaping mouths with several rows of razor sharp teeth!) The book centers on fourteen-year-old Merle, who is taken from a Venetian orphanage and sent to apprentice for a mirror maker who is rumored to build magical mirrors.

There is so much magic and intrigue in this book that I found it nearly impossible to put down. Merle is a strong and likable character, someone easy to root for as the story unfolds. Early in the book, we find out that Merle possesses a mirror of her own. It's the water mirror, the story's namesake, and though its surface looks like glass, Merle can actually stick her whole arm into it without her hand coming out the back end.

One of the things I really love about this book is its wild imagery. There are flying lions made of stone. Hell, it turns out, is a real place full of freakish ghouls that try and bargain with the Venetians. And the canals that wind their way through the city harbor mermaids and the Flowing Queen, a mysterious essence that protects the Venetians as well as their waterways.

Of course, as always, there's a love interest. Merle meets Serafin, a master thief who works for a weaver in the same district at Merle. Through happenstance, Merle and Serafin overhear a plot to destroy the Flowing Queen. This knowledge thrusts them into danger as they fight to save their city's protector from enemy forces.

I'm going to stop writing now because I don't want to give anything away, but this book was great.  I read it in a night.  It's part of the Dark Refections trilogy, and I'm planning on reading the other two installments as soon as I possible can!

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