Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
In the beginning, when I picked up the book, I thought to myself, “ugh, another magical creature book?” But the second I cracked the spine and began to read the novel, I was captivated by how Pearce used the relationship between two people, both of totally different backgrounds, one of which didn’t even know her own past, and retold the story of the beloved children’s tale, “The Little Mermaid”
I enjoyed the mix of action, emotion, consequence, and the thrill factor in this story and how the events in the novel formed the characters, especially using young women instead of actual mermaids in the water. The antagonists in the story gave the horror aspect that kept my heart racing throughout the novel and the heroic actions done by both Celia and Lo in order to save and protect both the boy they love and the girls in the ocean urged me to continue reading.
This novel also showed the connection between sisters and gave the theme “Family should always stick together” and that theme played out all throughout the novel.
All in all, I give this novel a five star rating for organization, rich character development, and the fact that it was a beautiful retelling of a world renowned children’s masterpiece. Jackson Pearce? Great job!
About The Author:
Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn’t want her). Other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.
In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school; she’s taught over four hundred students since starting seven years ago. Coaching provides the greatest “research” for writing YA that she could ever ask for and has introduced her to some of the most unique characters she’s ever met.
Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.