With my recent move to South Carolina, I have found that there are mermaids everywhere. Each store has mermaid signs about the mermaids habits for drinking and loving pirates.
Maybe they just love the beach...but so many girls have wanted to be mermaids- myself included.
Whether you were exposed to mermaids through the movie- Splash or Little Mermaid... girls everywhere wanted to be one. The water is seen as a glamorous place to live, with abundance.
But in Vanessa Garden's latest, Miranda has to decide if she wants to live underwater or walk away from true love.
In a glittering underwater world, where danger lurks behind beauty and power, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun must decide between her freedom and the love her heart ultimately yearns for.
When Miranda Sun returns to Marin on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, this time of her own free will, she quickly learns that her worst fears have been realized. The glittering underwater city is not as she had left it, nor too is Marko, the young king who has dominated her thoughts and heart for the last twelve months.
To make matters worse, Miranda has not made the journey to Marin alone, and now must contend with not only Marko’s evil brother Damir, but more surprisingly her sister Lauren who has an agenda of her own.
With Marko’s power beginning to wane, and with cracks beginning to show in the domed Utopian city, and veiled danger lurking everywhere, she quickly learns that in this dazzling city full of beautiful people she can trust no one but herself.
When I burst back into Marko’s room, he was seated at the dining table, bent over a pile of documents before him. Instead of leaping to his feet and accusing me of trespassing or getting excited about me being able to open the door, he just raised his head and stared at me, his blue eyes wide. The door whooshed shut behind me.
“I can open your secret door,” I said, half smiling with nerves, as he stood.
“I see that.” He rubbed the back of his neck and laughed, and added, in a tired voice, “I don’t know whether to shake you or kiss you.”
“I think I’d much prefer the kiss,” I said, as I took hesitant steps towards him.
He just kept staring at me. “I’d half hoped you would be able to open it, but I also hoped you wouldn’t.”
“Why is that?” He closed the distance between us, grabbed my hand, and tugged me into his arms.
“Because now I have to worry that you’ll one day open the door to the dungeons and get yourself killed.”
Confession time. I winced. This wasn’t going to be easy. “Um, don’t get angry or anything, but I’ve already been.”
He shrugged me away from him. “What do you mean? Just now?”
I nodded. “And I overheard a conversation between Damir and one of your guards.” When he started to protest, I raised a hand.
“You need to hear this. You’re in serious danger, Marko. They’re planning something — Sylvia and Damir.” Marko stared at me, his eyes never leaving mine. “What exactly are they planning?”
About the Author:
A bookseller and Young Adult author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not sharing her favorite reads with customers, or mentally casting actors to play the characters in her next novel, she enjoys hanging out with those she loves most.
Musings from Michigan