A Blogger’s Guide To Mermaid Tales

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

I haven’t read this yet but it’s next on my to read list and how could it not be? The cover is stunning and reimaginings, especially creepy feminist ones, are highly my thing.


Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

I also thought I read a snippet where it mentioned masturbation 👀 I’m also for self love in all ways.

Add this to your next great read: The Surface Breaks

The Little Mermaid of Death by Kevin Richey

I feel this is pretty self explanatory. She’s the little mermaid and she’s dead.

Kevin Richey’s collection of morbid fairy tales isn’t the first of a grimm retelling nor will it be the last to delight the horror fanatic in me. It starts with a plague that spreads all throughout the magical kingdom and turns our beloved princesses into…beasts.

I love it.


Tired of her life with the other swamp hags, Ariel strikes a bargain to obtain a mask so realistic she could pass for human. But can she trick anyone into marrying her before the mask deteriorates—and all without saying a word?

Add this to your next deathly great read: The Little Mermaid of Death

Coral by Sara Ella

This is a novel that doesn’t come out until November 12th 2019 but I am so excited for it. The author herself has put trigger warnings and has stated that this book talks a lot about mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. As somebody who suffers from both and navigates her life fighting the two I cant wait to see this play out in the life of a mermaid.

Depression is a lot like drowning and anxiety feels as though you can never draw enough air.


Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

Add Coral to your next favorite read here: Coral

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I’ve reviewed this book for you! This is not so much a book about sirens, no. For me, it’s a book about heartbreak and curses. Loss and blood. I think of a time when women were killed for no reason and honestly…has that even changed?

Three sisters, three sirens of the sea who possess bodies and drag their victims to the sea year after year.


Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself. 

Read my review here: Ae Lily presents The Wicked Deep

Add this to your next favorite read: The Wicked Deep

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Last but not least of this very long post (thanks for sticking through it!!) I saw this on Goodreads due to one of my friends and knew I had to get it for my daughter and myself. Mermaids are real and this next generation of kids are going to show us how to set this world right.


While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Add this amazing book to your next read:Julian is a Mermaid

Thanks for joining me on this mermaid laden adventure!! It was fun writing this when I was supposed to be working for sure lmao. 🧜🏾‍♀️🌊

(for that extra spice listen to the sirens song by parkway drive *chef’s kiss*)

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