I bought this as part of an anthology but it is now available by itself.
Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.”
The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will she suffer exile for the rest of her life?
Buy on Amazon Available May 26th
We have been a mermaid mood lately. I blame it on the girls and H2O Just add Water and Mako Mermaids, two shows we watch a lot on Netflix so when I saw this I had to read it. Add the fact that I will read ANYTHING Pauline Creeden writes. I know I can let my daughters read her books too. They are YA but keep me engrossed the entire time.
I loved the concept of bottom feeders. They are the low of the low. Not quite smart enough, not quite pretty enough, and oh… those pesky emotions. Verona must endure the Reckoning to prove she is good enough for her clan. She must go on land to get ‘marks’ (freckles) and stay there among the land people for awhile before she can come back. She can’t come back until she does this.
Everything about this novella was perfect. The author built a great world, the pacing was fantastic, I felt satisfied and you know there is more to the story but it wasn’t a crazy cliffhanger. One of my favorite parts was Verona’s interactions with another mermaid who felt sorry for her.
The author gives you a peek into the next installment and I can’t wait!
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.