Mermaid’s Song by Stacy Claflin

Mermaid’s Song

Mara is a teen mermaid who has grown up on land but is forced to return to the sea when her banished family is beckoned back as king, queen, and princess. Threats to their family stability, their throne, and their lives ensue as Mara navigates the Dark Seas Academy and a budding romance.


  • The plot follows proper story structure.
  • Other readers may enjoy this romance-forward fantasy novel.

Least Favorites:

  • The story is full of tropes and cliches: forbidden love, enemies become lovers, hot girl who doesn’t realize she’s hot or good at singing, and the cheesiest of “love”-at-first-sight lines.
  • The fact that Dark Seas Academy functions like a school on land takes away from the world. Seems like a missed opportunity.
  • The protagonist’s constant back and forth about every decision made her sound whiney and indecisive even when she had big decisions to make.
  • The resolution confirmed that the romance wasn’t the B plot, and I found the B plot to be a cliched unhealthy teen obsession.
  • Plot holes included the voice lessons that she supposedly never had and the rematch that never happened.

Rating: ⭐⭐

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