By Juliana Gray (Fic Gray)
Scotland, 1906. A mysterious object discovered inside an ancient castle calls Maximilian Haywood and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove north to the remote Orkney Islands. No stranger to the study of anachronisms in archeological digs, Haywood is nevertheless puzzled by the artifact: a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea and married the castle’s first laird. But Haywood and Truelove soon realize they’re not the only ones interested in the selkie’s strange hide. (Book Two of the Emmeline Truelove Series)
By Mira Grant (SF Gran)
Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
By Allie Larkin (Fic Lark)
Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. While she figures out what to do next, she heads back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan.
But Katie quickly learns there’s a lot she doesn’t know about Nan—like the fact that in her youth Nan was a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show, swimming and dancing underwater with a close-knit cast of talented women.
By Joanne M. Harris (Fic Harr)
A stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, set against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man. Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.
By Christina Henry (Fic Henr)
Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land. Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life.
By Imogen Hermes Gowar (Fic Gowa, Q Gowa)
Imogen Hermes Gowar, Britain’s most-heralded new literary talent, makes her debut with this spellbinding novel of a merchant, a mermaid, and a madam—an unforgettable confection that explores obsession, wonder, and the deepest desires of the heart with bawdy wit, intrigue, and a touch of magic.
By Carolyn Turgeon (398.21 Turg)
Answer the enchanting siren call of the mermaid with this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and intricately designed one-of-a-kind lifestyle compendium, packed with lore, legends, facts and trivia, beautiful illustrations, and numerous step-by-step projects and recipes.
By Jo Baker (Fic Bake, PLAY Fic Bake)
Malin has always been different, and when her father dies, leaving her alone, her choice is clear: stay, and remain an outsider forever, or leave in search of the mythical inheritance she is certain awaits her. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a grueling journey that crosses oceans and continents—from the high seas to desert plains—and leads to a discovery that she could never have expected.
By Ann Claycomb (Fic Clay)
A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family. Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?
By Katie Schickel (Fic Schi)
Life on land is suffocating for Jess Creary, who wastes her summers flipping burgers for tourists on a fishing boat off her quaint resort island home. Surfing and the handsome Captain Matthew are about the only bright spots in her life. Then, she catches the perfect wave--a wave that transforms her into a mermaid. Under the sea, Jess is reborn into a confident, powerful predator with superhuman strength. She has thirty days to choose between land and sea; legs and fins; her humanity and her freedom. Will she choose family and love, forgiveness and truth, or will she be seduced by the wild call of the sparkling sea forever?
By Alice Hoffman (Fic Hoff, Q Hoff, CD Fic Hoff)
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum.” One night Coralie stumbles upon Eddie Cohen, striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. Alice Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender and moving story of young love in tumultuous times.
By Melissa Broder (Fic Brod)
Bottoming out after a dramatic breakup, doctoral student Lucy accepts her sister's invitation to dog-sit at her home on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.
By Elisabeth Gifford (Fic Giff)
In 1860, Alexander Ferguson hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies—mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for hundreds of years.
More than a century later, Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated Sea House and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs are fused together—a mermaid child.
By Kiera Cass (YA Cass)
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
By Seanan McGuire (Fic McGu)
Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many people assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong. (Book Thirteen of the October Daye Series)