Wow! Another one that kept me up til the wee hours of the morning.
Before I begin, I need to disclose that I picked this up quite a while ago from BookWow! Another one that kept me up til the wee hours of the morning.
Before I begin, I need to disclose that I picked this up quite a while ago from BookRooster.com which doesn't seem to exist anymore. I feel it is my fault, in a way, as I can only review so many books a month. But I download many, many per day and had at least 25 of the BookRoosters lined up. I am sorry to all authors who awaited my review. Even so, I will get to all of them, eventually. I only ordered the ones that sounded like my kind of books.
Look, I gave this five stars in spite of the bad editing. I am hoping that the new Kindle version (which, by the way, is free on Kindle Unlimited and only $2.99 for regular Kindle) is well edited. As I understand it, this is a first novel for the author, E.M. Vail. In that case, WOW!
Prologues are usually nonsense. I ordinarily don't like them. They are a distraction that doesn't pull the story along. In this case, I can say that when the story bogged down it was the curiosity about that prologue that kept me reading. I wondered all it would all come together.
The best thing about this book is how well developed all the characters are. Okay, I must admit that some of the dialogues felt stilted. And some of the actions or thoughts felt unfitting. But if one can keep moving regardless the story is fantastic. And as you fall in love with the characters and worry for their lives, keep a box of Kleenex handy. Around 90% in you will need them. And the pay-off of the prologue comes in the epilogue. Now you've come full circle and know why.
This is more than a coming of age book about three friends. This is a story of neighbors and the web of life for all. It is a full sized novel that I am happy I was given the chance to read. It could honestly be a good movie....more
I have always wanted to be a mermaid. I lived for my time in the water. I never understood my friends who spent hours working on their tans when a perI have always wanted to be a mermaid. I lived for my time in the water. I never understood my friends who spent hours working on their tans when a perfectly good body of water was there calling me. In late grade school, early junior high, my brother and I walked three miles over a hill. We stopped at the bottom of the hill where my aunt lived so we could get a drink of her Sparkletts water then continue our walk to the pool. There we would pay our first dime for the first session of swimming (I think it was an hour and a half) then we'd dry off and hang out in the park until the second session. Then we'd pay our second dime and swim some more. After all that swimming we would walk back to our aunt's for another drink then attack that three-mile-hike over the hill. I loved summer and all that swimming! A secret I learned later was that our aunt would call our mom each time we stopped so that Mom would know we were okay. Thank goodness I wasn't raised now. I can't imagine not having that kind of freedom. Anyway, I say all this because I still wish I was a mermaid. The only difference now is that I cannot handle cold water with my fibro. I miss swimming so much. Thereby, I read.
I must have really wanted to read this book. I picked it up twice from BookRooster.com then once again for free on Amazon. (It is free right now.) The version I read was the BookRooster as I can listen and read on the same machine (MoonReader Pro). By the way, I don't know what's up with BookRooster site. I can't seem to find it so I won't be able to post the review with them. Anyone know what's up with them?
Back to the book. It is a Young Adult/Romance. Romance is the part I hate most. For all the angst wondering about the love interest, this mermaid could have been swimming and enjoying the flora and fauna beneath the waves. More time could have been spent talking about the freedom there is in swimming, the sensations of water as the body slices through it. But the author did give me the best gift: if you are a mermaid you don't notice the change in temperatures. Your body can stand the cold of deeper water or the heat of being near the volcanic vents. Now I wish I were a mermaid even more. Oh, and if a mermaid breathes into an air breather more than 5 times an air breather can then live in the water as a merperson. Where do I find a merperson to do this for me?
Romance or not, I was happy that this poor mermaid found a friend who cares for her since her life didn't seem to have much of that. And having this extra person to help her opens her life for new experiences. I don't know if my writing is coming across rather haltingly, I am trying not to give spoilers. Hope I succeeded at piquing your interest in reading this book without giving too much away.
This book is part of a series, but the book didn't leave the reader on a cliffhanger. Whew! I was glad about that. It did leave me wanting to see what happens next. So as soon as I can afford it I will pick up the next in the series. My inner mermaid needs more!...more
I picked up this fun book through BookCrossing dot com. I put off reading it for a long, long time. Why? The title and the cover. Even the blurb didn'I picked up this fun book through BookCrossing dot com. I put off reading it for a long, long time. Why? The title and the cover. Even the blurb didn't make me want to read it. But I am so glad I finally did!
It is only vaguely about Special Offers. What it is is a humorous paranormal story. When I started reading it I couldn't stop. I needed something light to read as my husband was in the hospital and I was in the middle of a fibro-flare. So I couldn't be at the hospital with him. Instead, I started this book. What a joy!
The characters M.L. Ryan invented were wonderful. Haily, the main character, is quirky and fun. She isn't a hopeless romantic, she is practical and has a sharp wit. That romance happens in the deal is felt as rather coincidental. The rest is quite the adventure!
Even though I picked this up from BookCrossing, I want you to know it is free for Kindle on Amazon right now. I recommend it for adults, as there are a couple scenes that might be too racy for young adults. I picked up another copy so I could read it in my other readers when I feel the need of the fun ride again....more
I picked up this e-book about two years ago from BookRooster.com I'm glad I finally gave it a shot. This was a fun ride.
It starts in a dystopian futurI picked up this e-book about two years ago from BookRooster.com I'm glad I finally gave it a shot. This was a fun ride.
It starts in a dystopian future when a nerd, forever the recipient of the wedgies and other tricks of the bullies. It doesn't take long to like this kid. In spite of himself, he is a smart yet patient young man.
Without going into spoilers... hmmm...how to do this? Well, he ends up with a journal that his mother kept back in our days. Through this and a few other happenings, we see how much he is like his mother and we watched his magic bloom.
Well, that didn't give anything away, but it doesn't seem all that exciting. But it was! I really loved the characters, even the bad guys. They were all well fleshed out. The plot was an interesting take on the dried up meme of dystopia.
When I get new books that aren't from Amazon I usually download them to my Moon Reader Pro where I can read along with text-to-speech. That way I don't need a light like I do for my older generation Kindles. MRP is backlit like the Kindle app on my Tablet or on the Fire. It was a very fast read. I was sucked in right from the beginning and didn't want to let it go until the end. Sleep and other needs got in the way of the read.
There is to be a book two. I can't wait to read it. I didn't feel this book left me with a cliffhanger. We know how THOSE bug me! I guess the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because there were places that I felt there were holes in the story, that things had been left out with little segue between parts. I managed to pick up the threads but felt unnerved by how it was done.
By the way, It is now $.99 on Amazon for the Kindle version. Not bad for a great bit of entertainment!...more