Black Waters (Book 1 in the Songstress Trilogy)

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought her secret was under control. But when she witnesses a murder off the coast of Cape Cod, everything changes. Hiding in the water is a must. Getting seen by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling for him. Soon, Abby is pulled into a world of shades and monsters, and the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves. More
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About Maija Barnett

I live in New England and enjoy reading and writing whenever I get a spare moment. My favorite authors are J.D. Salinger, J.K. Rowling, Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. Also, I'm into the classics-- especially Charles Dickens and Jane Austin. The best book I ever read was Hard Times by Charles Dickens, but I also really loved Ender's Game and the Twilight series. Check out my blog at

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Reviews of Black Waters (Book 1 in the Songstress Trilogy) by Maija Barnett

Witchmag reviewed on Dec. 16, 2012

This book took off with a very strong start: Abby discovers a girl drowning in the water, but is unable to save her. It’s a really good way to put someone right in the middle of the story. Unfortunately those first pages were also the best in the whole book. The further I went, the more downhill it got. Till I had to struggle to finish the last chapters. That’s why I decided to not do my usual summary / introduction. I just don’t feel like it after reading this book, I’ve had enough.

Then what was the reason that made this book go from a good book to something I don’t want to read anymore? It’s not something that I can explain in words. The excitement and suspense just went away, right after the start. And I didn’t like what was left. It also was hard for me to see story as a whole, it felt more like you watched different scenes without any connection between them, no transition from one scene to the other.

I also had problems bonding with Abby and Brian. Abby acted a little bit too dependent and she wasn’t the kind of person that knows what to do and what not in certain situations. Like a normal person would. Brian on the other hand is too pessimistic. There isn’t a page where he forgets to mention how dangerous he thinks Abby is and that this time she will kill him for sure. And he keeps thinking such things, even after he knows that it’s not something Abby has control over and she has no intention at all of killing him. With no other funny or lovable characters in the book, it became a bore to read about the latest Abby action or pessimistic thoughts.

I know I’ve put Romance as a tag, but in reality it’s hard to find in the book. Although there is a certain pull that Brian experiences. Abby is no doubt the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, but that is because of the mermaid genes. And Abby seems to like Brian just fine, too. And then they are suddenly a couple? What did I miss? Where is the slowly budding relationship? Where are the kisses? The emotions they have to experience? There isn’t even a confession? And no they don’t have the ability to read their minds. So this was a bit of a disappointment for me.

Conclusion: 1 heart. The start of the book was intriguing, but it failed to keep my attention. I had a hard time bonding with Abby and Brian, who aren’t very likable to me. Furthermore the romance was very hard to find and not the best to read about. Such a shame for a book with such a good start!
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Chrissie Thorsvig reviewed on Nov. 22, 2011

This book is awesome! Such a great story line that i could not stop reading it! I will be willing to pay for the next one. This is an Author to keep on your radar.
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