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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 48 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 16, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GHA4H2
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Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings Audiobook – Unabridged
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I also love in this book that the main character Jade is a little curvy because most books, the heroine is fit and perfect like Barbie. But this book shows that no matter what shape or form, you can save the day. If you are scrolling through the reviews, I suggest that you read this book if you haven't already. Just saying, I love this book and would re buy it any time. I definitely recommend this book. Read, enjoy, and have a mer-tacular adventure as you dive into this book that make you feel real.
- Kate age 10
The first book in the Real Mermaids trilogy surprised me. I was expecting a fluffy read about mermaids, which I got. But I didn't expect to actually be enchanted by it. You should know by now that I just adore any type of mythology-- any at all. So I was happy to read a little bit on mermaid lore (the webbed ones), but I was a tad disappointed with the actual mermaid content of the novel.
To me, it was too...I don't know, shallow? That's not really the word that I'm looking for, but it'll do for now. As I was saying, the underwater stuff, the mermaid change and stuff (and stuff, and stuff, ugh)? Well, I wish that it had been better done. In moments like those, I felt like I wasn't really a part of the book. And I can't help but wish that the lore part of the book had been more focused on.
Not only that, but the villians were super juvenile. But I can totally forgive that, because I realize that we're dealing with a younger age group here. But still, I like my villians bad. And I like my parent's realistic. The first time that Jade becomes a mermaid, her dad helps her out of the tub...but what self-respecting dad wouldn't screech when his daughter becomes a mermaid?? Especially when she changes back and she's naked...um. I may have missed something, but ick. I took that the wrong way-- maybe she has a blanket? I'll just assume that I missed something. (Oh, dear God in heaven please.)
Now that I've gotten that off my chest, this book was really cute. Jade was a terrific character, which lots of younger girls will definitely identify with, because she's experiencing every thing for the first time too-- girly things, growing a mermaid's tail (if you are, totally tell me, I'll be there for you!), and of course, her first crush. Which was adorable.
Jade's crush on Luke is very real and true to life, as is her lack of self confidence and her friend problems. All of that is something I'm sure that we've all experienced at one time, and I'm sure that you'll find something to love about Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings.
The mermaid bit is the obvious fantasy, but I think Jade's mother turning out to have been kidnapped by mermaids rather than having drowned, as Jade and her father thought, addresses the kind of real-life fantasy most of us have experienced of wishing we could have back someone beloved who we lost.
The story moves along at a quick pace. There are some lose threads in the plot, but there's a sequel where I'm sure they'll be picked up.
Jade has all the same problems that other adolescents do with a couple of big differences--her mother disappeared without a trace a couple of years ago and Jade turns into a mermaid when her feet touches water. Ooops, her father forgot to tell her that her mom was a mermaid and drowned only she isn't actually actually dead but has been kidnapped by evil mer-people, or 'pesco-sapiens' if you are politically correct, who want to be able to change into a human. What?
It was just so implausible and unrealistic, even for a fantasy novel. For example, Jade finds her mermaid mother after several years of the woman missing. She calls her father for help and then....falls asleep waiting for him. When the dad finally arrives, he says it's too late at night and they'll look for the mom tomorrow. Perhaps ridiculous is a better word than implausible. Young girls might like the book, very immature young girls. There is a lot of slang and MTV-type talk which got really irritating. It was most certainly not the best mermaid book I've ever read but the covers are just gorgeous.
I really wish the author had spent a little more time on character development. Jade had such promise--she's a little chubby and neurotic and overly dramatic. Usually, this is just the kind of character I like. And, there were some good moments. I especially liked how Jade reacted to her first period, both realistic and funny. But, overall, a stinky fish of a tale.