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Sea Foam and Silence

(Fairytale Verses #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Be careful what you wish for...

She warned of the pain. She did.
But no warning can prepare you.
Nothing can.

How could I have known
What it is like on the dry sand?
We just watched.

It’s hard, not being able to ask
Questions, though I have learned some speech
With my hands. ˆ_ˆ

I miss my sisters.

I have made friends here.
I have laughed with them,
Learned with them, played with them.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Received as a gift from the author

In favour of me enjoying this book: I love retellings, especially ones which add in a bit of diversity or something else that updates the story. Not in favour: it’s a verse novel, and in free verse at that. I’m terrible and tend to prefer really structured poetry. Oh, and Lynn chose to use emoticons in the text, which she had solid reasoning for, but I am apparently just a cranky traditionalist and it tended to pull me out of things rather than add to it — thoug
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
I joined the #AceBookClub in reading Sea Foam and Silence. The idea of the book club is to read a book together and discuss it on Twitter. (Just so you know: You don’t have to be on the asexual spectrum to join.)

It’s an asexual retelling of The Little Mermaid. It’s #ownvoices.

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This is a free verse novel. I was very hesitant about reading this book because of the writing style, but it suited the story. The little mermaid is confused most of the time, and the free verse, the emojis and the
“When I dance, I can tell stories of my sisters.
When I dance, I am reminded of the sea.
Whenever I am homesick for the ocean, I dance until I am dizzied with exhaustion.
And it is no longer enough.
I need to see the sea again.
I want to see my sisters again.
I want to know that accepting the Witch’s offer was right.
Am I a mermaid with the shape of a tall-crab?
Am I a tall-crab born a mermaid?
Am I neither? Am I both? I do not know the truth anymore.”

‘Sea Foam and Silence’ is a diverse retelling o
Avery (Book Deviant)
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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I didn't realize this at first, but Sea Foam and Silence is a novella told in verse, from a very limited point of view. I at first had difficulties adapting to this, but the style quickly charmed me, and made this an easy read. This style of verse was very unique, and, even though you don't know much about the lead character, you become very close to her through her experiences and the way she describes her emotions.

Often, the little mermaid was
Yay polyamory, asexuality, queerness! This lil mermaid > Disney any day. I liked the development of Maris's understandings of "family," and although found the first person verse a bit tedious at times (same rhythm over & over; some may find this soothing), I didn't feel as exhausted by it as I expected to when I began. I also thought the first person would get exhausting but it was pretty ok!

I didn't actually realize it was supposed to be poetry until I finished it and was speculating on
This was an easy and really sweet read! I was hesitant to start the book due to the free verse, but surprisingly enough I enjoyed the verse form and thought it made the story flow well. I think it actually worked out nicely in conveying the narrator's confusion and feelings. Same goes for the usage of emoticons; they were a sweet touch. Plus points also for the ace representation and lovely relationship dynamics between the mermaid, Prince, and Princess.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aty-2019
This is such a good retelling of The Little Mermaid. Things I liked:
The inhumanity of the mermaid
The description of how she struggles on land
Deaf rep
Asexual, aromantic, and polyqueer rep
I want more about these characters and how the three of them navigate life, power, and relationships.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
All I knew was «it's an ace retelling of The Little Mermaid» and I was already sold. I had so many other books to read and so little time, so first, I just added it to my to-read-list. Then I became weak, I bought the kindle version, and I started reading few hours later.

I actually managed to find some time to read, mostly just before sleeping, and it was always hard to put it down. The novel is written in free verse, so it's a quick read. It was the first time I read a novel in verse, though I
Polenth Blake
A little mermaid watches the tall-crabs and starts to think they might be people too, but heading to land to find out will come with a cost.

This is a retelling of The Little Mermaid written in free verse. It's hard to judge length with long poetry, but the book is around novel length. Fewer words on each page means it's a relatively quick read.

The mermaid is set the deadline of a year to find love or be turned into sea foam. There are three main sections, with the first covering her life at sea,
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was incredibly comforting as someone still working through aro-specness. It's often advertised/talked about as an ace retelling, but the fact that Maris is aro-spec came through just as strongly and was just as important.

I loved that multiple characters, human and mermaid, were ace-spec and/or aro-spec. It makes it clear that being aspec isn't related to the parts of Maris that aren't human and that aspecness isn't what separated her from her sisters. Notes on the chars and rep: (view spoil
Emma Lindhagen
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a lovely read! I had it recommended to me for a reading challenge and had never heard of it before, but was very pleasantly surprised. It's rare to read narratives like this in verse but I found I rather enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding (particularly the efforts taken to make mermaids not just humans with fins but entirely different creatures with different values and a different culture) as well as the characterization. Both the protagonist mermaid and the chara ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute! I honestly was quite thrown by the format, since I read prose normally. But it was actually quite compelling, and I loved the inclusion of emojis. They really gave a real feel to her experiences. And I always love seeing aroace characters and queerplatonic representation!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book a lot. The writing is beautiful, it's a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales, and it's got aromantic and asexual characters!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it's a really bad book, or if it's just too bad for me. Barely finished it. #ownvoices
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: anglés, godi-gsrdi
I was really curious about this story because it was described to me as a "The Little Mermaid retelling in verse with an ace main character".
To be honest, the story is interesting. I like the way the mermaid is characterized, her motivations and her personality. I also like the way her character evolves and changes and questions herself throughout the novel. Well, and the ending is incredibly adorable.
The way it's written is different to what I'm used to and I thought it was going to be the reas
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this diverse retelling in verse is amazing. it is not only refreshing because of its diversity, but also so interesting. the way the author engages the retelling and introduces both new and old parts of the story is fabulous. the main character was so great, not only in terms of personality but also the journey she goes through. definitely recommend

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