Emily Windsnap is no ordinary girl. Sure, she has problems with her parents and often has to deal with a mean girl at school, but neither of those troubles makes her any different from other girls. What makes Emily’s adventures exciting to follow is her ability to change into a mermaid when she gets into water, and afterwards, all kinds of crazy things happen, like fights with krakens and the discovery of a mysterious castle – along with the cute boy inside!
This title is the fourth in the Emily Windsnap series, and as the author explains on the book jacket, a surprise story to her because she thought she was finished writing about Emily when the third book was complete. So many readers wanted more of Emily that she had to write another tale – and we are so glad she did! In this adventure, Emily and her friend Shona, who is obsessed with becoming a siren, learn the hard way (and then some!) that being a siren isn’t what it is all cracked up to be, especially if you end up trapped by a curse for years and years, unable to sing, which is what sirens do best. In the middle of siren trouble, there are problems at Brightport, Emily’s hometown, which threaten the existence of a mermaid city that the humans know nothing about, of course, because they don’t know that mermaids are real. Emily and her friends, including Shona, her first and best mermaid friend, Aaron, who is fast becoming her boyfriend, and Mandy, the former cause of much distress at school, team up to tackle the siren situation as well as the rescue of the mermaid town.
The ending is definitely a happy one, while very stressful for Emily, and it is safe to say that this is probably the last book in the series. This has been a fun ride for me and my ten year old daughter, since we adore mermaids and enjoy not only this storyline but also the cute sketches of sea life scattered throughout the books.