Amalie Howard’s Waterfell was such a pleasant surprise. Being on the constant search for the perfect YA mermaid story, I almost overlooked this one....more Amalie Howard’s Waterfell was such a pleasant surprise. Being on the constant search for the perfect YA mermaid story, I almost overlooked this one. Waterfell is a fantastically-written page turner with a unique spin on the YA mermaid genre. Offering us a strong protagonist, a genuine and likeable BFF relationship and a dash of sci-fi Waterfell is one of my favourite reads so far this year!
I hired this one out at the library because I’d heard some mixed things about it from other readers. While Waterfell had an intriguing premise, I worried that it would adhere to the overused YA plotline of ‘Supernatural Girl Falls For Mortal Boy While Attending High School’. There were some aspects of the book I groaned at slightly (more on that later), but for the most part Waterfell managed to stand on its own two feet and prove a page-turning read.
I really liked our main character, Nerissa. I’m not quite sure why she got me on board so quickly (she’s not exactly the NICEST protagonist), but she was such an honest and raw leading lady. Nerissa didn’t care what others thought about her or how she came across, she just did what was necessary. She’s a queen in training, after all!
Her friendship with Jenna was fantastic, too. I usually loathe the ‘BFF’ side relationships in YA novels, finding the best friend to be merely a throwaway secondary character, but the friendship between these two girls made the story a lot more interesting and genuine. It was also a central part of the book, which was a great change from the norm. Although there was a love interest, Nerissa and Jenna’s friendship came first.
Lo, the aforementioned love interest, was an interesting character, too. I wasn’t completely sold on him for a lot of the book (and I’m still not sure where I stand regarding him) but I think he and Nerissa work. Although she seems to hold the power in their relationship, Lo seems to bring her back down to earth. I am interested to see how the revelation in book one changes their relationship in book two, Oceanborn.
Nerissa’s fake/’sort-of’ brother, Speio, makes me feel some mixed emotions. I’m still trying to figure out just what he contributed to the story that made him an integral character. I felt that the last few chapters regarding him were an afterthought – in an effort to MAKE him ‘integral’. His relationship with Cara was just plain weird, too. I couldn’t figure out if he was really invested in it or was just trying to get back at Nerissa. That being said, I think he has the potential to add a lot to the future books in the series.
The Aquarathi (seriously, coolest name ever?) world and lore was fantastic. I went into this book thinking it was just going to be your run-of-the-mill mermaid/human story… but instead I got sea monsters from another planet. I was not expecting the alien side of things at all. The Aquarathi information wasn’t shoved down our throats all at once, either. Nerissa was a great narrator and let us learn about her world pieces at a time. There were no info-dumps within Amalie Howard’s Waterfell, which was great because they are such a pet peeve of mine.
Yes, this book is set on land and within the human world for 95% of its pages… and yes, the ‘villain’ doesn’t appear until the final few chapters… but the Aquarathi world and Nerissa’s heritage is at the forefront of the book 100%. By no means does Amalie Howard let you forget as a reader that this is a fantasy book. The ‘high school’ aspect of the book isn’t too heavy, either.
There wasn’t much I disliked about Waterfell, but I would be lying if I said it was a perfect read. For one thing, I felt that the ending was extremely rushed. There were a few times where I had to pause and re-read certain paragraphs or sentences to really get a grip on what was happening in the final showdown. Some things were easily explained away, too, such as the half-breeds being on the beach for Speio and not Nerissa. I felt that things like that were just unnecessary. Even though my copy of Waterfell is now closed and on my bedside, I’m trying to understand and process just how some of the plotlines were tied up.
I will be picking up Oceanborn when it comes out in July. I am eager to get back into Nerissa’s world and witness her transformation from Princess to Queen. I want to see how things with Lo evolve, see her reunited with Jenna and understand more about the genetic splicing and breeding experiments going on between Aquarathi and humans.
Recommended to: I’ve never read an Amalie Howard book before, and this was a great one to start with. Fans of mermaid stories will appreciate the unique twist she brings to the genre. I'll be buying a copy of my own to keep!(less)
Deep Blue marks the first book in the 'Waterfire Saga'. Though I had a few problems getting into the story, I was able to immensely enjoy the world...more Deep Blue marks the first book in the 'Waterfire Saga'. Though I had a few problems getting into the story, I was able to immensely enjoy the world both Disney and Jennifer Donnelly have endeavoured to create. Rich in fantasy and originality, this book is one of the better mermaid reads on offer.
I was so torn on what to rate Deep Blue. On one hand I immensely enjoyed the evolution of the characters and the world in which was created within the 'Waterfire Saga' - but on the other hand I found myself almost overwhelmed by the amount of information and lore we were saddled with. The first and second halves of the book are almost unrecognisable as one, which also impeded on my rating.
For some reason, the fact that Jennifer Donnelly didn't come up with the ideas and world within Deep Blue rubs me the wrong way. I realise that this method (publishers concocting a story and finding an author to write it) isn't new, but it just doesn't sit well with me. From my understanding, I gather that this book was devised by Disney and they hand-picked Jennifer Donnelly to write it for them, gifting her with a tome of 'lore' - a 'Waterfire Saga Bible' if you will - and then basically let her run wild with it.
That being said, I don't think an author other than Jennifer Donnelly would have been able to make a story as intricate and character-packed as this as enjoyable as it actually was. Although I was completely overwhelmed while reading the first few chapters, something made me press on.
From the get-go we are bombarded - 'info-dumped' - with descriptions, slang and other mermaid-paraphernalia and expected to understand what it all means. I felt that the descriptions were entirely too heavy for such simple sequences (such as our heroine Serafina lounging on her sea anemone bed, etc.) but as I got used to the book, things sat a little better.
Our main character Serafina was likeable, and her transformation from the start to the end of the first 'Waterfire Saga' chapter was so tremendous. Her best friend Neela was likeable enough, too, but I didn't fall in love with her or any of the other characters especially. This brings me to one of my main problems with this book - the overload of characters.
Characters are tossed around here, there and everywhere. While it certainly adds colour to Deep Blue, it also draws attention away from what really matters. Early on we are introduced to Serafina's betrothed and Neela's brother, and you get the impression that they're going to be sticking around. The same goes for Serafina's ladies maids, who she has a love/hate relationship with. I could be wrong - as this is only the first book in a four-book series - but these characters were built up so much only to be dropped from the story completely a few chapters later.
We're then introduced to slew after slew of characters; Blue and the gang, the sea witches, Lana the crazy catfish lady... and then the biggest cast of all, the other four chosen mermaids. I would have liked our introductions to these characters (particularly the other four girls) to be more staggered as to get to know them better, but we can't have everything.
There is also barely a glimmer of a romance in this story, and for once I'm not sad about that. There's some back-story and brief longing around Sera and her betrothed and some slight flirting between her and Blu, but that's it. Deep Blue manages to tell a story about some six or more independent female mermaids who don't need a guy to pine over in order to succeed. If you're looking for a mermaid romance, this book may not be the one for you.
What it does offer is some great fantasy.
Deep Blue is so plot-driven, it's intense. There's no dallying about for Sera and Neela. Action scene after action scene is thrust upon us, so much so that we as readers are wondering when the two princesses are ever going to catch a break!
I also really enjoyed the mythology and the whole 'Atlantis' spin on the mermaid roots. As the story progresses we get to know more about Sera's family and its origins and their ties to the first rulers of Atlantis. Above everything, Jennifer Donnelly has managed to weave a really good story around what Disney's given her as a base. Although the characters appear in hordes, I feel they all offer something to the story in some small way. I am also able to envision Sera's world quite vividly and appreciate the detail in which even the underwater languages have been crafted. The mermaids aren't your usual run of the mill mermaids, either. There are 'mermaids' with crab bodies, octopus tentacles and the list goes on.
So much thought has gone into this series and you can't help but appreciate it.
Is it the next huge thing? I don't think so. But it's really enjoyable and one of the better mermaid books I've read lately. You can't help but think Disney's overreaching itself with the huge promotional push behind this series, but that doesn't matter. At least it's worthy of pushing unlike some of the other reads I've seen plastered everywhere.
I'll be picking up the next book in the series when it come around, as I'm eager to see how the girls journey to find the talismans progresses.(less)
Sadly, Of Triton did not redeem Anna Banks' series for me. I went into this one hoping that my feelings about its predecessor, Of Poseidon, would be...more Sadly, Of Triton did not redeem Anna Banks' series for me. I went into this one hoping that my feelings about its predecessor, Of Poseidon, would be changed, but was sorely disappointed. It's quite possible that this book was even more all over the place. After giving both books a fair shot, I think Of Triton marks the end of my journey with Emma and Galen.
Even if I had been a little attached to Emma and Galen after reading the first book in Anna Banks' series, Of Poseidon, it's safe to say Of Triton promptly stomped on those remnants. I don't feel the connection between the two characters, let alone believe how they feel about one another. Try as I may to be open-minded (and I ADORE mermaid lore, male or female), I cannot help but scoff out loud when Emma comments on how hot Galen's hulk of a fin makes her... For me, this relationship never really got off the ground when it comes to being 'deep', and Of Triton didn't change things in this area.
Another huge issue I have with this series is how quickly the action scenes fly by. Just as I'm settling down for the long haul, it's over. People have been harpooned, people are passed out, people are dead... in like, one sentence. I found myself constantly trying to wrap my head around how so much could happen without the author even taking the time to explain it. With an amazing setting and a heap of unique lore, Anna Banks could have done so much more with her ideas. There seems to be a huge gap between the time taking place in her head as she writes and what she puts on paper. Action scenes that should span a few pages with suspense and excitement fizzle out after a few paragraphs.
I also feel that too many things get left unexplained - or simply explained so fast that I missed it completely. I want to refer to the ending as proof of this. I have no idea what happened to the villain Jagen after the 'final battle/rescue'. Did Anna Banks even tell us? If she did, why don't I remember? Instead we get a silly 'prom' scene with Emma and Galen that is totally irrelevant to all that has just happened.
It's another thing I didn't bring up in my review of the first book; this series could be so much more UNCLUTTERED if the whole 'school' life/environment had been scrapped. My patience with prom and dances and first days back at school has been rubbed raw and I'm sure the same can be said for many other readers of this genre. Yes, I understand that it's a part of YA literature, yada yada, but with a series like Of Poseidon, is it really necessary? Here we have a mermaid tale that takes place on beaches and underwater. Surely our characters could have their adventure during summer break?
Emma's mum is also probably the worst character in the series. I have no way to describe her. She is just so poorly written. One minute she's all commando; firing a GUN out of a vehicle to protect her daughter from her mermaid past, then she's all swoony/cuddly/kissy on her old flame's lap and ready to abandon Emma at the drop of a hat. I can completely understand Emma's gag-reflex when it comes to Nalia and Grom. And another thing that hasn't been explained quite well from the author is the obvious age difference now between the two. After Nalia has spent so much time on land, surely she's aged physically compared to Grom who's been underwater and using his Syrena fountain of youth abilities?
Perhaps the only thing I liked about Of Triton was the reveal of Triton's gift in Rayna. Yes, I know that the ability was 'split' between Rayna and Galen since they're twins, but it was Rayna who really stole the show. As I said before in my review for Of Poseidon, Rayna and Toraf are possibly the only glimmers of hope I have for this series.
After the ending of this book (with a death that sadly didn't even impact me in the slightest) I'm unsure where Anna Banks can go from here. It seemed all the little threads were tied up and all the obstacles knocked down... and I don't really feel that I'll be reading the final installment, Of Neptune. I hate sounding so harsh in my reviews, but I really feel that the execution of this series could have been done a lot better. I had my hopes raised so high, only to find them crash and burn.
Recommended to: If you liked Of Poseidon, chances are you will love Of Triton. Sadly for me, it was too much of the same.(less)
Full of great Selkie mythology, Tides was a promising read which also dared to tackle a lot of different issues such as same-sex relationships, buli...more Full of great Selkie mythology, Tides was a promising read which also dared to tackle a lot of different issues such as same-sex relationships, bulimia and torture. While it was a book I was able to quickly read, I couldn’t find myself becoming attached to the main characters (or their relationship) and was constantly jarred by the changing of narrators.
I really wanted to like Tides. I love the selkie mythology and always adore to read about them when a YA author (very rarely) takes them on board for their novel. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get behind this one as much as I wanted to.
First of all, I really loved the relationship between Noah and Lo’s grandmother Dolores and the selkie Elder Maebh. For me, their relationship was a bright spark in the murky waters. I loved reading their history and felt such a connection between them – more so than the integral characters of Noah and Mara. If the book had been about their adventures and their meeting entirely, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
Another thing Betsy Cornwell really did get right was the selkie mythology. It’s not the most glamourous of fantasies and its not as elegant as beautiful, long-haired mermaids, but it’s utterly fascinating and unique. I felt that the scenes dealing with Mara, Maebh and Ronan’s selkie heritage were really well handled and intriguing.
As for the characters; our main man Noah was just flat and dull and I couldn’t bring myself to like him an ounce. I don’t know what it was about him, he was just boring to me. Even when he narrated I struggled to find some sort of depth to him or see WHY he cared so much for Mara. It seemed that he was just going through the motions and I never really ‘felt’ what he felt.
Mara was alright, but her personality was too abrasive for me to really connect with her. Her feelings for Noah seemed to be a little unfounded to me, but I suppose I could believe her more than I could believe Noah. The human world was still a novelty to Mara and Noah happened to be the first person she could share her life and secrets with.
Mara’s brother Ronan was interesting, but we didn’t really get to see much of him. I believe the next book is told from his point of view. I may pick it up as I did really adore the selkie mythology and Betsy Cornwell seems to be exploring it a bit more in Ronan’s upcoming quest to find the rest of their pod in Ireland – and YAY, Ireland.
Lo was probably my second favourite character and I admired how much she grew and began to accept herself throughout the events in Tides. I’m still struggling to understand what sort of place a really heavy bulimia storyline has in a selkie story, but it certainly added more depth to her character.
As mentioned, the chapters constantly change POV’s throughout the handful of characters. At times it was unexpected and I didn’t go into this book thinking there would be more than two POV’s (Noahs and possibly Mara’s). I found that I had to constantly re-align myself with the story and settle into the new character’s voice.
The dangers that the group faced towards the end of the novel were very real and it bugs me that two grown women would send off the teens to sort it out without even an offer of aid. I do understand that it was kind of a ‘rite of passage’ for Mara to become Elder, but the villain (I won’t give away too much here) was torturing the captured selkie children and willing to HURT/KILL to protect his work and himself.
All in all, there were a lot of things that simply rubbed me the wrong way about this book – but there were also small gems I enjoyed. I just couldn’t connect with Tides or feel personally invested in the main relationship or plights of its characters. I didn’t feel a ‘part’ of the story, rather I felt like I was watching from afar or hearing about it from another person.
Recommended to: If you’re intrigued by selkie mythology, give this one a go. I will be taking a look at Compass when it comes out, to see if it focuses more on the things I enjoyed about Tides.(less)
My main problem with Wrecked was that I didn't connect to any of its characters. The romance was rushed, the focus was not on the fantasy aspect of...more My main problem with Wrecked was that I didn't connect to any of its characters. The romance was rushed, the focus was not on the fantasy aspect of the book (which I wanted) and the main character was just someone I could not sympathize with. It's a shame, because Wrecked seemed to have it all from the amazing cover and synopsis.
I'm so disappointed that I didn't enjoy Wrecked - it's been on my TBR pile since I first heard about it and I had so much fun interviewing Anna Davies, she's lovely. Like I mentioned, my main problem with the book was the lack of connection I had to the characters. I'm not sure what it was, but the whole book felt rushed and as soon as I thought I was getting a handle on someone or something, it was time to move along again.
Miranda is the female lead and I wished that she hadn't succumbed to so many YA cliches. Dead parents? Check. Outcast? Check. As I got deeper into the book I found that I felt her to be quite a 'Mary Sue' character, and that never bodes well with me. Instead of being strong and being able to deal with things, Miranda would constantly change her mind and go running away crying or yelling, taking the story in all these different directions when it would have been beneficial to focus on just the one scenario. Does that make sense? If Miranda had been a fiercer lead, we could have experienced the story in a different light. The story sorely needed focus on some of its aspects, and Miranda could have helped that along if she would just STAY PUT. She also kept saying; 'I'm fine', 'It's fine' and I found myself wondering if Miranda knew how to say anything else but 'fine'.
Christian... I'm afraid I felt nothing for him. Usually I can muster up something to swoon over, but he felt incredibly bland to me. Although his certain brand of mythology - being a 'betwixtman' - could have brought a lot to the story, it wasn't really explored and Christian was somewhat of a cardboard cutout for Miranda to play with. He rescues Miranda, and that's where his appeal ends. He 'fell in love' with her instantly, wanting to sacrifice his duty/life for her and I just didn't find it believable at all. I also had a hard time imagining a merman/betwixtman being called 'Christian' when they don't even speak our language. Same goes for his brother, Valentine.
The relationship between Christian and Miranda wasn't convincing in the slightest. Miranda is still grieving from the accident that killed four of her friends and put her boyfriend, Fletch, into a coma. I found it hard to believe that she was off spending nights on the beach wrapped in some stranger's embrace when her boyfriend was practically a vegetable in hospital. I can understand the need for Miranda to talk to someone; but to fall in love with them instantly? When you know nothing about them or have barely talked? Christian didn't offer much in the 'opening up' department, so I don't know how Miranda could grasp much about him as a 'person'.
Talking about the accident, I want to discuss the fact that none of the anger seemed warranted. Especially from those who were also in the wreck with Miranda - they SAW what happened and knew it wasn't Miranda's fault. A little distance or gossip would be expected, but not the outright 'you've done enough, don't you think?' or blatant blacklisting. Not to mention Fletch's parents not allowing Miranda by his bedside when she was his girlfriend. Yes, Miranda was driving the boat at the time of the accident, but I found it completely unbelievable that nobody on the whole island seemed sympathetic when she was injured and distraught herself.
Also, the identity of Sephie was so obvious I wanted to poke Miranda in the eye.
Basically, Wrecked had a LOT of potential but it followed the well-travelled, boring road of predictable YA. If you're not one for 'insta-love', overused cliches, etc. you might want to steer clear of this one.
Recommended to: If, like me, you've seen some negative reviews but are curious to judge it for yourself, pick up Wrecked. Hopefully you'll enjoy it more than I did.(less)
I had high hopes for Of Poseidon: great cover, fresh new author, a surprisingly intriguing blurb... I admit I caved and bought the first two in this...more I had high hopes for Of Poseidon: great cover, fresh new author, a surprisingly intriguing blurb... I admit I caved and bought the first two in this series by debut author Anna Banks when I saw them on the shelves, after a long time pining over them and a while away from reading. Of Poseidon disappointed me. While not terrible in it's entirety, it certainly dashed my hopes of finally finding the YA mermaid series I've been searching for.
It's a little known fact about me, but I've been searching quite some time for a YA series (or even a standalone) about mermaids that really grabs me. The closest I've come, I think, is with Tracy Deebs Tempest Rising. I've read many mermaid books over the years since I've been blogging and I've been sorely disappointed time and time again. I really thought Of Poseidon may be the one to turn that around, but once again I was wrong.
I just didn't like our main character of Emma. Her personality is bland and she's always up and down. I'm not sure if she's meant to be a weak or a strong girl - she's just that all over the place. I feel that Anna Banks could've given us a more solid character; one with more direction and one we could like. It would have gone a long way to improving the first book in this series.
Our love interest of Galen was interesting at first, but sadly he turned into every other possessive YA male archetype; following Emma like a crazy man-fish, willing to beat down any guy who looked her way and despite not being human, acted pretty much like one the whole book. The mystery behind him and what he was just evaporated within a few pages. I didn't like his chapters, either. Anna Banks wrote the story with alternate chapters - Emma and Galen - but the writing style she used with Galen made his voice sound very artificial and drab.
Little things about this book also rubbed me the wrong way - stupid, little things. Take for instance when Galen and Emma go to the movies and spend an enormous amount of money at the candy bar... Galen returns to the theatre only to see Emma has switched seats because kids were sitting in front of them. That's all fine, but she's left the food behind, completely discarded. Who would seriously do that?
I was also incredibly distracted by the 'death' scene at the start of the book, featuring Emma's best friend Chloe. It was meant to be a serious event, but I was put off by the constant 'popping off' of the girls fake nails. I felt the book was very cluttered with useless descriptions and notes that served only to draw the reader away from what was really happening.
Emma also has an annoying habit of counting 'Mississippi' ALL the time, and saying 'ohmysweetgoodness' every chance she gets. It's a pet hate of mine when an author grabs hold of a catchphrase for a character and uses it constantly. For me, it doesn't ADD to them, it just makes the writer seem completely cliche and new to the table.
When trying to think about what I DID like about this book, it's hard to think of something. I guess it would be the secondary characters - Toraf - and to a lesser extent, Rayna. I guess at this point their relationship is the only thing I'm mildly looking forward to, as well as the explanation Emma's mum has about being the fabled 'Nalia'.
As mentioned, I did buy the next book, Of Triton so I guess I will be reading it sometime in the future. It's smaller than this one, which is quite encouraging considering I don't exactly want to trudge through another Of Poseidon after already making my mind up about the series.
Recommended to: If you're wanting a nice, clean introduction to the YA mermaid pool, then Of Poseidon might be the book for you. On the other hand, if you're a seasoned reader to the genre, you might want to pick something else.(less)
Tempest Rising is a fantastic mermaid tale, full of enjoyable characters and a thrilling plot. Readers will fall instantly in love with Tempest and...more Tempest Rising is a fantastic mermaid tale, full of enjoyable characters and a thrilling plot. Readers will fall instantly in love with Tempest and Kona.
I’ve been a fan of mermaids and selkies for a while, and only a handful of YA stories about them have been able to live up to my high expectations. I’m glad to say that Tempest Rising was definitely one of them. The plotline is fast-paced, intricate and the characters enjoyable. I was so sure I was going to give this story a five star rating, but unfortunately I felt the peak of the story didn’t live up to the rest of the book.
I only received this one in the mail yesterday but I decided to dive head first into it after wanting to read it for so long. Needless to say I almost read it in one hit. It’s just one of those stories that flows so well without the reader getting bored.
I want to start by talking about Tempest. As a main character, I think she’s great. She already know what she’s going to become and knows her mother’s heritage as a mermaid. This makes the transition into the action perfectly smooth, and refreshingly, all the awkward ‘discovery’ of her true nature is bypassed. There’s still a lot of self-discovery, however, but it’s done perfectly in time with the plot and the development of relationships.
I particularly enjoyed the romance between Tempest and Kona. It was easy to fall for them; quick but not rushed. Tempest and Kona’s feelings for one another felt validated and real, rather than forced and too convenient. Of course there’s the familiar elements we’ve all come to recognize within YA supernatural romances, but it’s not overdone in my opinion. I found myself enjoying their scenes together.
Kona was a great character and I’m thrilled that he was a selkie, which worked differently with the mermaid heritage that Tempest possessed. It was great to learn about their differences as well as the other creatures that lived in the ocean. Tracy Deebs really fleshed out her world and it showed on each page.
I don’t want to give too much away about the ending, but I feel it was a little anti-climactic. I was expecting a little more when the ‘final battle’ (at least in this book) rolled around about 80% into the book, but I was left feeling a little dazed. It was over too quickly with not much explanation. I still have so many questions; about Tempest and her mother, Tiamat, Kona and his family… but I guess it’s a good thing Tracy Deebs is coming out with another book in the series. Even so, I DO think the note Tempest Rising left off on in the last chapter could’ve been an adequate ending for a standalone.
I’m certainly interested in rejoining these characters and this world for a sequel, and you can bet I’ll be picking it up as soon as it’s available!
Recommended to: Fans of mermaid stories will enjoy this one. Also a great starter if you’ve never read a mermaid tale before.(less)
I was expecting a whole lot from this. As you may know, I simply adore any kind of mermaid books and firmly believe there needs to...more**spoiler alert**
I was expecting a whole lot from this. As you may know, I simply adore any kind of mermaid books and firmly believe there needs to be more of them. While you definitely get more than your fair share of mermaids in Lost Voices, I didn’t particularly feel attached to any of the characters besides Luce (the protagonist) and I was unable to understand just what the whole point of it was in the end.
The thing that annoyed me the most about this book was basically the amount of useless events and pieces. There’s a handful of them; particularly Luce’s relationship with the young boy called Gum (which never gets revisited later), the sparse interaction between the girl Tessa, the first-person narrative switching to the 14 orphan girls for a chapter and the boy who was unable to resist Luce’s singing. All these plot points had enormous potential if they were to be explored more, or used as some serious framework for the story in general, but they weren’t. They simply served as ‘oh, dear, another downside or thing I’ve done wrong/left behind’ fodder.
I didn’t like Catarina from the start and although I can understand why Luce was enamoured with her to begin with, I hoped as she grew stronger and believed in herself more that crazy idolization of Cat would wane. Not the case.
I also felt as though too many new characters were just introduced, introduced, introduced! I felt this particularly when Anais was brought into the tribe somewhat straight after the 14 orphan girls. And what was the point of poor Tessa? Other than to shock Luce back to a sort of normality? I really think the relationship between those two girls in particular should have been explored further, especially since Luce so often daydreams about her as the story goes on.
But, the things I did like about the novel are also worth mentioning!
I love Sarah Porter’s method and style of writing. It flows just like the music she weaves into her story so well. If it weren’t for her brilliant talent with words I don’t think I would have had the heart to finish. While this is definitely a memorable mermaid story and one I’d recommend to any fans of the creatures, it simply wasn’t the kind I was expecting. It focuses more on the dark side than the light, so be prepared for that.
Luce could have very easily been an annoying voice in which to tell the story through. This isn’t the case, thankfully. I could really sympathize with Luce from early on (not so much when she was human, only after her transformation) and I really admired certain ways she dealt with things. She shone as my favourite of the tribe and it’s always good when the main character makes you feel that way.
Also, Sarah Porter’s descriptions are very vivid and enjoyable. I felt like I was right inside the pages and experiencing the surroundings, songs and pain expressed through her characters. If you don’t read for the plot, definitely read for both her style and ability to paint a picture.
As for the ending, I don’t quite know what to make of it. I was just left wondering… why? What had been achieved and where would Luce go from there? There wasn’t any indication at all.
Recommended to: All mermaid fans should definitely try this one out for size as I really enjoyed the parts about coming to terms with the transformation as well as learning the ‘mermaid’ way of life.(less)