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Forbidden Sea Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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First of all, I want to talk about the setting. It was so amazing. A breathtaking island set in... I could never figure out that part. It lets your imagination go wild on which time period it could have taking time in. I'm thinking 1700's, but could be totally off. The other setting... I'll just let you read and figure out the magic of that place!
The characters are what make this book so great. I loved each and every one of them. And their complexity was such a relief, something you don't get a lot of in YA or MG. I actually liked the main character! And her family and friends were believable also. The mermaids... you need to read more to find out about them!
Something that really stood out was the writing. This book is written is a style that can only be described one way, musically. Maybe it is the setting and story, but if feels like someone is singing the story to you. For a debut author, Sheila A Nielson shows such hope that it is a big surprise.
Could I have loved the plot anymore? Yes. But only because I wish there had been more mermaid. But the way the story is written and developed, you don't even need any! Because there are so many other great things that make you want to read more.
One of my favorite books to date, I am so incredibly lucky to have found this book. I really suggest that you all check this book out. Whether you are a middle grade lover or a hardcore YA fan, The Forbidden Sea will make you splash with delight.
The story line was captivating as well. It was NOT predictable and yet I found myself torn between decisions along with the protagonist.
From that day on, Adrianne's life only becomes more difficult. She must continue to work hard so that her family can survive, and endure the constant teasing of the local bullies, who think she is an easy target now that she is so poor. Only her friend Denn Young seems to support her, but her feelings of friendship for him are growing into something more, though she doubts he returns her feelings, since he seems to admire Cora Lynn, a beautiful girl who is spoiled and selfish. And now she must also struggle with her fears of the mermaid and the superstitious people of her island. As the mermaid continues to try and lure Adrianne into the sea, she realizes the mermaid wanted her, not Cecily.
I really enjoyed reading Forbidden Sea, the story was very different from anything I read before. It is an original story with the feel of an old-fashioned fairy tale. Adrianne is a strong and admirable heroine, she is determined and brave and sacrifices so much to help her family. Despite the many difficulties she faces, she remains strong and determined. I would recommend this book to both middle grade and young adult readers who enjoy fantasy and fairy tales, there is nothing inappropriate for younger readers but I think the story could appeal to some older readers as well. This is the author Sheila Nielson's first book and I would love to read more by her in the future!
The forbidden sea is the story of a girl that I could really relate too. I have read it 3 times this month. Adrianne is strong, determined, and amazing. This is a great story about mermaids, horses, family, and even a little bit of romance with a great message.
Adrianne is a 14 year old girl living on windwaithe island, I couldn't quite figure out when but I think early 1800's. She has a really hard life. She blames herself for her fathers death and the poverty of her family afterwards. She looks after her whole family who hardly appreciate her, including her weak and grieving mother, her sweet but spoiled sister who tries to be like her, and her mean spirited and horrible auntie who hates everything about her and constantly finds fault in everything she does. Adrianne is plain compared to her 9 year old sister who is beautiful and everyone favors. She is mocked and looked down upon by the wealthy children of the island, including the violent and mean Marcus, and the beautiful and shallow Cora, who Adrianne envies for her wealth and beauty.She has accidentally fallen in love with her best friend Denn, a very kind and thoughtful redhead who is protective of Adrianne, and is constantly making a fool of himself trying to impress Cora. Their is potential for a love triangle, but Sheila the fantastic author that she is chose to be original.
And on top of all this a mermaid attempts to drown her when she rescues her sister who ran to the water during a tantrum.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book with all my heart and soul! The story sucks you in and makes you just want to keep reading, from characters to plot you want this young woman on windwaithe to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anastasia B.
I absolutely loved this book. No other words describe it. This book is amazing if you're into mermaids and stuff ..Published on March 13, 2014 by its alright
Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson is a more of a coming of age story than anything else, don't let the mermaid on the cover fool you. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings
This book keeps you interested. Its a nice fantasy. A quick read and is a simple romantic story . A good moral story.Published on August 12, 2013 by Loyce Guthrie
This week I read The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Neilson. And once again, I am simply floored by how well-written a lot of these books are! I LOVED Forbidden Sea! Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by L.K.Hill
"Men are fools. They see only with their eyes, and are blinded to the truest treasures that stand before them dressed in the ordinary dust and sweat of hard life... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Tesorensensa
I bought this book thinking that it sounded fairly interesting. I have always really liked stories about water, mermaids, etc. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by kathy96
I loved the book from start to finish and so did my 10 year old daughter. As a matter of fact my 10 year old read it in a matter of hours, she declares this book to be "awesome"... Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book was really good! I don't know for sure what I was expecting... maybe a simple mermaid story with simple characters. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Suey