The sirens of Falkeld, by Julie Tuovi
I received this book as an ARC from the author :)
This book is such a nice read! It follows an 18-year-old, Kade, during war-time Scotland, on an island where <i> mhara </i>, or mermaids, are very real, and are often the stuff of nightmares.
I loved the characters so much! Cora/Bonnie is an awesome mermaid, because she's not like the others, because of Kade, who is a firm believer of the <i> mhara </i> tales, will go to all ends to help his Gaffer (grandpa), and who is a genuinely good friend!
The admiral is a GREAT villain! His constant quest for power and treasure during such a time really makes him good at being bad!
One thing that I liked about the story, and please let me know if you thought the same, but it kinda reminded me of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie! I really appreciated that aspect of it, actually! :D (saying how would be really spoiler-ish ^-^)
The rhythm of the writing was also beautiful, and flashbacks, memories and prices of information came in and out like steady waves, with a storm at the end.
Kade and Cora are so sweet together!!! :3
The epilogue was both happy and very heart-wrenching!
Overall, this book was an amazing, magical debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer in the YA universe! (I'm thinking that his dad's story as a side novel could be very interesting!!)
I gave this book a 5/5 stars on Goodreads! :D