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Mer Paperback – May 2, 2017
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Story: Aryn's father has moved her to a new home - and she doesn't get along well with anyone except one girl who friends her. But when a cute boy gets in between them, Aryn discovers that mermaids are real and she might also have a connection to them.
I understand and respect that not every YA book has to make girls actually think; nor do they have to be deep. But at the same time, they should at least have an original POV that make the read worthwhile. With Mer, we have nearly all the cliches: great misunderstanding, manipulation, cute boy love triangle, fantasy elements that make our girl a unique snowflake, mean high school girls, etc. etc. Add in a really silly villain (Ursula from The Little Mermaid, she ain't!), a lot of very deus ex machina plot machinations, enough logic holes as to begger believability, and a really bland romance and this really fails in many levels. There's nothing original here.
If written sympathetically, we might have gone along with the stilted dialogue and unnatural motivations/actions. But every character is so wooden and idealized as to be cardboard cutouts. Aryn herself is pretty unlikable, petty and rude to the love interest (which of course he doesn't mind at all), and only the 'bad' people dislike her, of course. Is it terrible that I hated her 'hot' romantic love interest just because he must be pretty vapid to be 'in love' with her?
I did finish Mer - it wasn't challenging though it was definitely unrewarding. I think a 10-12 year old can enjoy the book on their own terms, though. But more demanding readers will likely recognize the book for what it is: shallow and unfulfilling. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher
Aryn and her father and sister have recently moved after the death of her mother. She is going through all the drama of starting a new school. She makes friends with a cute boy, but he has a secret. He's not the only one with a secret. The most popular girl in school has a famous pop singer step-mother. It all leads to revealing things about mermaids among us and the kinds of things that hunt them.
It's a girl meets boy story with a fantasy twist. I like the characters ok. It takes a kind of dark and gross twist towards the end. It was hinted at throughout the book, but it just felt sudden and dark. The art isn't bad, but feels a bit rushed in places. The colors are good. It's not a bad YA graphic novel, but I'm not sure I've read a lot in this category.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Lion Forge/Roar, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.