The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie Schickel

Posted August 3, 2016 by Minx

The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie Schickel The Mermaid's Secret by Katie Schickel
Genres: Fantasy
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Forge Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 285
ISBN: 0765381311
Purchase at: Amazon
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From Katie Schickel, one of Booklist's Top 10 Women's fiction of 2015, comes The Mermaid's Secret, an original, fresh, and absolutely captivating beach read.

Life on land is suffocating for Jess Creary, who wastes her summers flipping burgers for tourists on a fishing boat off her quaint resort island home off the coast of Maine. After all, her older sister Kay died in a boating accident two years ago, her mother has disappeared, and her father isn't exactly dealing with things so well. Surfing and the handsome Captain Matthew are about the only bright spots in her life.

Then, on her twenty-third birthday, Jess catches the perfect wave--a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, a startlingly beautiful, dark place, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength --finally she is someone to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, back on land, Jess's relationship with Captain Matthew heats up, and so does her search for justice for Kay.

Jess has thirty days to choose between land and sea; legs and fins; her humanity and her freedom. Who could ignore the freedom of the sea? Yet, the ocean is a dark, wild, lonely place. Is this a gift or a curse? Will Jess choose family and love, forgiveness and truth, or will she be seduced by the wild call of the sparkling sea forever?


Another one of the novels to hit my Terrific Tuesday’s posting was The Mermaid’s Secret by Katie Schickel. This book came on my radar because I have a weakness for stories about mermaids and mermen. What makes that weakness hilarious is that I do not go into oceans, no day dreaming while on a ship for me. Nonetheless I have a fascination and literature always provides for me, ha ha, it’s my dealer. 🙂

Today, I’m twenty-three and getting older every day. Kay will be twenty-three forever. From this day forward, I will be older than my older sister. From here on out, I’m the first. I’m the one who gets to experience adulthood, marriage, childbirth, and old age. I’m the one with my whole life in front of me, with all the shimmering hope that implies.

I felt that this book was descriptive and emotionally provoking at times. To me it is mainly about loss and the timeless “should I stay or should I go” scenario. I felt that the main protagonist Jess was everything you would expect out of a self-centered young woman and she did not truly develop as the story went on. I would say that she did make choices and those choices led her in different directions but that is not the same as growth. There were other characters in this story but they were basically along for the ride. It was all about Jess.

For me this was not a gripping story that transfixed me until the end. What type of story is it? It is a girl that is stuck between two worlds. A world with expectations that she will do more with her life or a world where “she does what she wants, whatever.” What will she choose? In a nutshell, there you go, but it was not a bad book by any means.

I sink lower and lower into the water. My chin goes under. My mouth and nose goes under. My forehead. I close my eyes and try the dead man’s float, but my body sinks. Feeling the last desperate need for air, I inhale.

Cold water rushes into my mouth, down my throat, into my lungs. I feel a sharp pain and then I feel my lungs fill with…Air? I inhale again, open my eyes. I’m completely submerged, but the water is like air. I suck it in and feel it surge through my lungs.

I loved the writing itself it is detailed and expressive. It was very realistic and had none of the typical mermaid whimsy. The parts of the book written while she was a mermaid were very cool! For me I just did not get into the parts of the book that took place on land. There is also a big influence from surfing that comes through in the writing. I believe that if you love surfing and mermaids or can really identify with the love of surfing and mermaids that this book would be a great read for you.

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