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Sea Foam and Silence

(Fairytale Verses #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  26 reviews

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

Long, long ago, a little mermaid became intrigued by the way tall-crabs don't act at all like the prey she's more comfortable chasing. Her quest to understand will take her places she had never dreamed possible - onto land and beyond the endless cold.

But quests always come with a price and hers

ebook, 280 pages
Published September 27th 2018 by The Kraken Collective (first published June 9th 2016)
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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
Avery (Book Deviant)
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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
“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
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked a lot of things about this book: the writing style was interesting, the ace rep was cool, the whole "finding love" thing was lovely in the way that it was resolved, but I just couldn't get past the damn emoticons in the text. I get it, it's a creative choice, but every time I encountered one I scoffed and rolled my eyes. ...more
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 why it
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. ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-characters
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,
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Karen Rós
I really enjoyed this book. The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairytales, and this queer retelling is exactly the kind of story I've been looking for. I do wonder if HCA would've written his story differently, had he written it today and not in the 19th century - perhaps he'd have written it more openly queer?
Anyway, I really enjoyed this take on the story, with a mermaid that is depicted as a clearly non-human being, in a loving and supportive queerplatonic relationship with two humans
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
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
Annalisa Ely
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome story! Verse isn't my personal favorite format, but it worked so well for this story! It really enabled us to feel Maris' (the little mermaid's) emotions because she was expressing herself through poetry. This retelling really explores why the little mermaid wanted to meet humans, and it makes her transition from being fully involved in her underwater business to gradually figuring out that humans are not just prey but have thoughts and feelings, and she goes back and forth a ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm always incredibly nervous whenever I read a book one of my friends wrote because, what if I don't like it? But luckily for me, Sea Foam and Silence was a great read!
I usually only consume novels in verse as audiobooks because I was somehow convinced that that's the only way they worked for me, but this book proved me wrong. I loved the writing, the story, the characters, and I especially loved the ace rep. It sometimes felt a little slow while I was reading it, but looking back on it I also
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, poetry
It's a retelling of the Little Mermaid, in verse. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q, wish-list
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!
Mary Pilling
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Written in verse form. Not really the asexual novel I was expecting, but it kind of is there. If you are looking for books largely about the lgbtq+ community then this is not the one, but it is a cute read.
This was . . . strange. Sort of sweet. Not really my thing, and the writing felt a little too simplistic sometimes, but I did enjoy the second half.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, god, my eyes. It burns.

People who write such godawful “verse” novels need Jesus. That, or Vikram Seth because he’s the closest living equivalent.

This is an art form, people. Respect it.
Jan 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ps22
I thought the writing was overall lyrical and I love a novel in verse, however the emoji faces threw me off every single time and removed me from the narrative
Chelsea Rapp
I did enjoy having a book with ace characters, I just sometimes struggle with poetry books.
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 ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglés, queer
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
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S.L. Dove Cooper (she/they) is a queer author and editor. She spends much of her time exploring asexuality and aromanticism in literature, finally having found a good use for her MA in English literature and creative writing. She currently resides on the European continent and her idiom and spelling are, despite her best efforts, geographically confused, poor things. She has been chasing stories i ...more

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