I don't want to hear any shit about how this book is a MERMAID book. Or that it's PARANORMAL or SUPERNATURAL.
It's just straight BEAUTIFUL. One of my favorite passages is after the jump. Note: this excerpt contains violence and rape.
He heard her cries too late. He pulled away from her and onto his knees, wheezing. His eyes were wide. He quickly buttoned the front of his trousers, hands shaking. As if he could erase what he had done by setting his clothing right.
"Kill me," Syrenka said. Her voice was gravelly and dry. She was motionless now, with her arms behind her back.
Olaf realized with shame that she had been bound the whole time. He wanted to erase that, too.
He rushed to cut away the netting from her tail.
"Kill me," she said again.
He cut the rope on her arms, intending to push her back in the bay. He would accept her oath to stay away from shore. She would disappear into the depths forever. He could forget what he had done. He could repent in his heart, for the rest of his days. Eleanor would never know. God would forgive him.
As soon as the rope snapped, Syrenka struck, seizing him around the neck with her left arm.
"You should have killed me," she said into his ear.
She forced his chin up and slashed his throat with the fin on her right wrist.
She laid him at the bottom of the boat, with a pool of dark blood growing beneath him. She had to make her decision now, while his heart still quivered in his chest and his life ebbed away. She peered out over the black ocean, hoping that Ezra was alive.
She would take the chance. She might never have another. To give herself human form, she ripped open the fisherman's chest, broke his rib cage, and ate his warm, moist lungs.
from p. 57 of Elizabeth Fama's Monstrous Beauty, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.