When her father died, Luce was forced to live with her alcoholic uncle. When he crossed the line too many times, beating her and punishing this poor 1When her father died, Luce was forced to live with her alcoholic uncle. When he crossed the line too many times, beating her and punishing this poor 14 year old, Luce transformed into a mermaid.
I haven’t read many mermaid books so I was very grateful I heard about this one. I had some expectations concerning this novel when I first saw the lovely cover, but I was very much disappointed. Just before I get ranting on about this book, I want to say how great Sarah Porter’s voice is. She’s like one of the sirens from Lost Voices. She lured me in and if it wasn’t for her beautiful diction and syntax I would have no desire to finish this novel. This book should be targeted to 12-14 year olds, a younger YA age group rather than for older readers. However the intended audience is a bit difficult to decipher because of certain scenes that seem a bit graphic for younger readers.
The mermaids in this novel are like sirens; they sing and lure humans off their ships. The characters were unique but I thought it strange that Luce accepted her own transformation so quickly. Normally children wish to be older but Luce’s messed up and childlike vision of the world twisted her opinion more like Peter Pan and Neverland. Caterina, the queen of the mermaid tribe, seemed to change her mood every ten seconds. It kept the whole thing interesting like waiting to see what she would do next but by the end it was completely annoying.
The plot was slow. I couldn’t fully get into to it. It seemed to revolve around this tribe of mermaids who made the whole book into a day of high school. It was all about fitting in or being an outcast.
The ending seemed bland. It didn’t really end for me. It seemed that there should be more to it and I’m sure there will be more in the next installments. Overall this book was not for me. ...more
The government plans to keep this very hush hush. A scientist was working on a breakthrough experiment that might have changed the world if only he haThe government plans to keep this very hush hush. A scientist was working on a breakthrough experiment that might have changed the world if only he hadn’t died in a freak accident. The military gathers a camp full of children born around the same time try to gather data that leads to the first experiment. But is that the real reason that they’re there? Something is definitely fishy here at Camp Solidity.
This book was fantastic! I was so glad I was given the opportunity to read it. The sequel, Settling, was released today, July 4, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that one. Workinger is an amazing author. Her voice works well with her story and her characters.
Clio, the main character, was such an outstanding, prefect character. She was relatable and at times I felt that I was the one at Camp Solidity in Clio’s stead. She was determined and headstrong as well, which is a plus because I’m all about the awesome girl power. Jack was mysterious. I loved the relationship he had with Clio; it was so cute. However, Jack was a character that I didn’t know how to place him in my mind. He didn’t belong to any one group of the camp and he seemed to know more than he let on at times. It was strange and something I’m sure that will be touched upon in later books in the series. Garrett was your typical jock, but didn’t come off as clichéd. It seemed that there was more to him that met the eye. Miranda was a pain, at first she was annoying which was why I really didn’t like her that much. She did get better by the end, but I still couldn’t get rid of the annoying Miranda from the beginning from my mind. Bliss was the best friend. She was forgettable, but loyal. She was shy and not very confident which I found I liked in her character. It worked well and it was relatable.
Solid is truly something special; it is action-packed and never one dull moment. As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked and couldn’t stop until finished. The climax of the story was shocking and beautifully written. If this story had a soundtrack, the music would surely make your heart thump as it did mine and take you on a fantastic journey. If you haven’t read this one yet, you are definitely missing out. Solid has a little bit for everyone and I highly recommend it! ...more
Isaiah Marshall lives on the streets with his gang of four, the Red rovers, rashly fighting any man who comes in their path. When this pompous boy insIsaiah Marshall lives on the streets with his gang of four, the Red rovers, rashly fighting any man who comes in their path. When this pompous boy insults the gang, they follow him to his rich school to finish him. In their search for the boy, the vice principal discovers the mischievous boys and tests Isaiah’s leadership by getting in the way of his gang. He brings the gang to the principal where punishment may be the last thing on the principal’s mind. He offers the boys a chance to attend school. This leads Isaiah, the leader of the Red rovers, to discover that he is the son of Zeus. He must train to become the best he can be to take revenge on the man who murdered his mother.
I loved this book. I was a little spectacle in the beginning because there was so much to take in, at first, but I quickly caught on and enjoyed it. After the small introduction, it became an action-filled adventure that grabbed my attention at every page.
There were so many characters that I have difficulty remembering them all. Isaiah Marshall, the protagonist, was so relatable and I loved knowing what the boy was thinking. He was very interesting and not your generic boy from the streets. Isaiah was a gentleman and really surprised me, in the end. Sam, an automaton, seemed so real that sometimes I even forgot that she was just a robot. I can’t really choose a favorite god or goddess. I liked how Demeter went about fighting and I want to know more about the shy Lugh and his tattoo.
Dabel’s voice seeped through much of the writing in the book. The dialogue gave life to the characters. I feel like I know a lot of the characters by their attitude. Isaiah couldn’t pronounce the letter s, which made some people misjudge him. While reading, I usually am influenced by some part of the book and a lot of Pantheons was Isaiah speaking like that; I had to catch myself to pronounce the letter s sometimes. This pronunciation shows that Isaiah may have trouble speaking but is relatable to any reader. Pantheons really is an adventure that no one should miss.
The ending took me by surprise. I thought the book was going to end with everyone dead, but Isaiah is very much alive. In the tournament, I was surprised how Isaiah decided to present himself; he decided to follow his rules even if he was fighting for his life. I want to know what happens next. The ending left me wanting more. But I, not only, want to know what happens to Isaiah but to Jeremy, Hera, and Sam. Dabel left a lot of things open, and I hope that means there will be a sequel.
Pantheons takes you to Isaiah’s world and captures the essence of a boy discovering who he is for the first time. Lovers of Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games series will find a new favorite with this action-packed read. ...more