This book started out really well. Emma is a sassy, strong, confident female lead that doesn't let anyone push her around. The witty dialog between Emma, Galen, and the other characters in the story is really well done. I especially loved Toraf. Here is one of my favorite Toraf moments:
“Emma this is not a joke. Look at your hands! They're... they're... wrinkled!"
"Yes that's because-"
"No way. I'm not going down for this. This isn't my fault."
"Galen will find some way to blame me though. He always does. 'You wouldn't have gotten caught if you didn't swim so close to that boat, tadpole.' No it couldn't be the humans fault for fishing in the first place-"
"Or how about. 'Maybe if you'd stop trying to kiss my sister, she'd stop bashing your head with a rock.' How does my kissing her have anything to do with her bashing my head with a rock? If you ask me, it's just a result of poor parenting-"
"Oh and my favorite: 'If you play with a lionfish, you're going to get pricked.' I wasn't playing with it! I was just helping it swim faster by grabbing its fins-"
He stops pacing along the water, even seems to remember that I exist. "Yes, Emma? What were you saying?”
If you enjoy mermaid novels and love paranormal romance, you will adore this book. Since I am not very fond of romance novels, I personally wanted a little more focus on the "mystery" portion of the story. Overall though, the writing was solid, the dialog was very clever and well-written, and I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series to find out what happens next.