It’s #Mermay! That time of year when artists start flooding Twitter and other social media with gorgeous drawings of mermaids, mermen, and merpals of all genders and even species. (Myself included this year!) So I thought, what better topic to give book recs for than merfolk? Unfortunately I haven’t read a ton of mer books, despite them being one of my favorite supernatural creatures. I’ve got a few recommendations though, so here they are!
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
This YA book has a surprisingly gritty, dark, very unromanticized take on merfolk, or at least one particular merboy. It’s a standalone, but one that could potentially allow for more books, and I really liked it. I also love the cover!
Drown by Esther Dalseno
This is a retelling of the original Little Mermaid story with some small twists and a more in-depth story. It still keeps that fairy tale feel though. And talk about a gorgeous cover!
Tempest by Cari Z
I admittedly don’t remember this one very well since I read it over three years ago, but I know I enjoyed it at the time! It’s another one with a unique and somewhat dark take on merfolk, but it’s still a nice M/M romance.
Underneath by M.N. Arzu
In this book, an injured merman is discovered by humans, exposing merfolk to the world. I love the premise for this one—and the author’s take feels so realistic— but I love the story and the characters even more! These merfolk don’t spend much time in the ocean, but I adore this series nonetheless.
Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen
I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I’ve enjoyed this author’s other books and hope to enjoy this M/M merman book too!