Hannah (Daughters of the Sea #1)
You know, for all the questions the author brings up and doesn't bother to answer, the plot is spread thinly. There...more
Hannah is different from the other orphans. She feels an inexplicable pull towards the sea. She can't explain it and discusses it with no one.
Because Hannah is deemed unfit for service, she is turned out of the Boston Home for Little Wanderers. She is sent west on the orphan train. Hannah becomes deathly ill the further away she gets from the ocean. Thankfully, Hannah is sent back to Boston, and finds placement with a prominent family.
The Hawleys are extre...more
Hannah was a whole lot of not much. From the get go Hannah knows she's not normal. When she's sent on an orphan train to Kansas that suspicion pans out as she gets horribly sick. There's something attaching her to the sea and when she's away from it her body gives out. To try to stay by the ocean she gets a job working as a scullery maid in a rich family. There she meets a boy, makes friends, and learns more about herself. The story takes place around the turn of the 20th century.
The story has its charm, but there is not much suspense in the plot. For a plotwise reader like me, there isn’t much to discover, and I felt slightly disappointed by this notion. The storytelling has a faraway tone to it – it’s boundless, e...more
The main character Hannah is 15 years old when the ophanage that she has called home fo all those years doesn't want to place her in a "suitable" job because the head lady, Mrs. Larkin feels Hannah is just "different", unable to handle working in a home or at a s...more
As an older AND more critical reader, I was frequently annoyed. The author has a habit of setting up a compelling sub-plot, only to fail on the follow-through....more
This Book is about a girl named Hannah, who is an orphan. She spent all of her life in an orphanage up until she turns 14—or 15, I think. Anyway, she starts working as a scullery maid in the house of this really rich family. There are things happening to Hannah, things that have to do with the sea. She’s inexplicably drawn to it, and some things happen that end up making her discover who she really is. And the...more
In short though, this book is really slow and dull. The characters lacked any luster for me and the most unique ones were introduced at the end. The main character, Hannah, was boring, too innocent, and just not easy to relate to. Plot wise, it was awful. I knew the ending before I even read the book, simply based on the description. There's no guessing involved at all. The only interesting part is the younger girl in the house that H...more
The middle of the book talked about or had...more
This book was so odd-kind of like Upstairs, Downstairs with mermaids. Which could be really cool, if the plot had lived up to the world-building. Instead, it felt like the author wanted to show off the research she had done on the life of domestic servants in the late 19th century, and leave the supernatural elements as an afterthought. The result is a book that doesn't feel at all driven...more
The first in a new series that will definitely get some buzz as it seems to play into the public's fascination with mystical and fantasy creatures. Set in the 1920's, a young orphan girl finds herself working for a wealthy family in Boston. The family has three daughters and decide to hire a talented young painter to capture their portrait. Sarah, the orphan girl, feels a mysterious connection to the painter - and inexplicably to the sea...more
Hannah was getting too old to stay at Miss Pringle’s orphanage, The Boston Home for Little Wanderers. Miss Pringle sends Hannah to the Hawley’s family. There she will work as a...more
Desperate, Hannah returns to Boston and finds a job as a scullery maid with the wealthy Hawley fa...more
I didn't feel like the whole mermaid thing was too cliche, which was a good thing since that's really easy to do. I do not read a lot of paranormal, so I was a bit put off by Lila and her cat. I still have no idea why they were so crazy and why Jade wanted Hannah's pouch so badly. Those two were downright creepy.
The main thing that is confusing about this book is the painter. I liked him as a character, but he and Hannah got together WAY too fa...more
This book was too short- you...more
There's romance, drama, and a couple of boring interactions or details that could have been left out but over all it's a good book
I will pick up the seri...more
While I found Hannah to be a really quick and solid read, but not necessarily one that I would add to my (ever growing) list of all-time favorites. While Hannah is marketed as a YA title, it comes across as more of an upper MG read.
I loved how vividly Kathryn Lasky described everything, especially the descriptions of the raging sea dur...more
This book is about a young orphan girl named Hannah. At the age of sixteen, she is sent to work as a scullery maid for a rich family in Boston. She discovers a lot about herself when the family’s prized vases arrive after a family trip across the Atlantic. Hannah finds a strange tail painted on the vases and she feels connected to them without knowing why. Complicating things, the family’s daughter makes a mysterious rivalry with her.
This is a charming story with...more
The story is heartfelt, with sprinkles of sensual descriptions of the water, but often the author's research gets in the way of her writing. Histo...more