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- Print Length: 174 pages
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- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Otherside Press First Digital edition (April 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007X4L2CG
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Look, it's not like the story was boring. I was interested enough to see it until the end.
I just think this book has made me realize my days of reading mermaid books are over. I don't think I'll find another Tempest Rising or Sea Monster Memoirs.
What I liked:
Mermaids, Sam. (While it was fairly obvious what Sam's significance was, his character was still interesting)
What I didn't like:
Oh boy, where do I start? First off, the storyline was painfully predictable. It was the usual coming of age human-turned-mermaid story.
But wait! She's not just ANY mermaid, she's ultra mega SPECIAL mermaid! Authors, it's okay to have a protagonist who isn't "the chosen one". Reading about a mermaid who is gorgeous and perfect at everything isn't interesting. It's overdone.
The LOVE STORY. Or should I say, love paragraph? I know that fantasy novels love to use the soul-mates-instalove trope, but it's time to retire it. There was a slight buildup (the dreams, tiny backstory) but other than that, it was like, poof, here's a male character and he's in love with you. Also you're in love with him.
God, that was boring. There was no beginning to this relationship. It just went from 0-60 in a couple chapters. Half the fun of reading about romance is the BUILD UP.
Her dad. Protagonist lives with her dad, goes to visit her mom on vacation. I think in like the third chapter, daddy-dearest is unceremoniously killed off. Are we going to see the hero go through grieving, possibly helping to shape her character and give depth? Oh no. I think we got a few tears, then her magical sister makes her not care anymore. Honestly, his death was the worst part of the story. It was obviously quickly thrown in as a way to keep her with her mother. Ha, it's like she completely forgot the man who raised her for 17 years and didn't care because now she gets to romp around in the water with her new fish family.
The Judgement. (That's what the torture thing is called, right?) Alright, how do those rules make any sense? If you break a law, your family beats the stuffing out of you. Would that work in any situation except his? Let's say Morgan broke a law. Do you really think her family would take turns using her as a punching bag? What about the other mer-families? Would they willingly kick the crap out of their children/siblings?This so-called rule is horse s*** and obviously written in just to give a juicy torture scene.
Maybe this is the last mermaid novel for me. :(
I'm not ready for more disappointment.
What if you suddenly found out you were a mythical creature? A creature thought to live only with the imagination of those daring enough to dream.
What if you have dreamed of boy since childhood and he has slowly become the love of your life? There is one catch. You have never met. Honestly, there is the real possibility that your hearts desire doesn't even exist!
Roll all this together with your changing perception of the world and you have the making of a fairytale. A fairytale far from your wildest dreams. A fairytale you are a part of and you control the destinies of those you love.
WHAT I LIKED:
- The plot of the story was very original
- The author was very descriptive.
- Kept me turning pages.
WHAT I DISLIKED:
- The book didn't have enough detail, especially in the beginning. I wanted Morgan to practically have to *beg* to know what was up with her mom and Tammer and why they were keeping so many secrets from her.
- Morgan's personality changed. Repeatedly. First she was snotty, then she loved everyone and everything. Then she was a coward, then she was brave, and then she was a coward again. I understand how characters are meant to change over the course of the book, but the way that Morgan changed was choppy and unrealistic.
-It suffered from being severely unrealistic. *SPOILERS AHEAD! I WARNED YOU!
When Morgan's dad died, she got over it in a few sentences and never brought it up again. Just a few weeks after he died, she called Tammer 'Dad'. As to her situation with Thayde, no one falls in love that easily. I understand that that was part of the whole mermaid thing, but the author just avoided a very potential conflict that could have strengthened and lengthened the story by three-fold.
-The plot kept changing! I could practically *see* the ideas going through the author's head! They would have worked, but she combined them in such a sloppy way that I wanted to slam the book shut and never look at it again.
- The writing is repetitive in a way that gets on my nerves like no other. I'm sorry for not having a specific quote as honestly, I don't want to look at it again. To show you what I'm talking about, I'll make up a couple of sentences of my own and starred the repetition. "I closed the door slowly and slipped into my room. I didn't want to wake the other's, but I was so *angry with Michelle that I wanted to shout. I couldn't help but be *angry, after what she had done to me." One word should not be used twice in the same tense within two sentences of each other!
- The vocabulary was minimal. Morgan was *sad when she heard that her father had died. Morgan was *distraught when she heard that her father had died. Which do you like better?
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book enough to purchase the second one in the series. There were some parts that I did enjoy, don't get me wrong, but the parts that I didn't like much outweighed these. I wish I could recommend an age range but honestly, the content was so jumbled that I can't choose. I'd say try this book if you really want to, as plenty of others seem to enjoy it, but if you are a more advanced reader I don't recommend this for you.
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Good storyline but I cringed every time I read, "We have more to tell you" or "I have to tell you something" or "You haven't told her yet?". Heck, at the very end I was still reading this kind of line. I typically enjoy guessing the "Who done it" but this was way too easy. To be fair, this is a book for a younger age group. With that in mind, I would have enjoyed this book if I was still in 6th grade. I don't mean this as an insult as I would have loved this book in my younger days. I would recommend this book to kids in middle school.