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Legend of the Mer by Sheri L. Swift
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May 19, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: bad-novels, christian, fantasy, young-adult
Read in May, 2012

Great premise, horrible execution. Lana is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper living off the shores of North Carolina. She's self-conscious about her albino skin and webbed hands and feet, and tends to overcompensate by being a Goth: wearing black, heavy makeup, etc. She's also never learned how to swim, ironically. One day she does, and it leads to her discovering her true heritage as a merwalker, a half-human half-mermaid.

I'm not going to mince words. The book is bad. The author tells everything, and there isn't the slightest bit of tension or drama. The characters are cardboard because of it, and soggy cardboard at that. It reads like a book for six year olds. It seems like every female character under the sea is a princess, for reasons I couldn't see, and Lana being promised to a prince at birth is accepted as a matter of fact. Her father is quite okay with her going off under the sea too.

It's not that the regular things are there, and they are just badly done. Things you'd expect simply aren't there. A goth in NC would be bullied and possibly resentful, especially if she lost her mother. It's never covered. Her father might be wary about her daughter recovering her heritage because he might lose her. It's barely touched upon. A prince might not be sure about marrying a half-breed, especially if it's an arranged union. He's not, he never thinks otherwise.

It's frustrating because the premise isn't bad, especially if viewed from a Christian perspective. Lana as a merwalker, straddling two worlds. But it's just handled very poorly.
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Hedrick Family ok.………… The whole concept and execution are great……………… THAT EDITING is gonna drive me CRAZY whos with me???!

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