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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 asexuality and aromanticism aren't what separated her from her sisters.
I loved Maris speaking sign language, and it was so excellent that Asta spoke it too. Honestly, everything about the relationships among Maris, Bernhard, and Asta was a delight. I really liked seeing the three of them figure out what they wanted and who they were and how to stand up for that.
A list of other favorite things: emoticons mixed in with the verse because it feels so very Maris, Maris's love of dance even though it hurts, the tension that comes from missing something when you've chosen to give it up.
However, it is really the characters that make this story so touching. There was something so heartfelt and sweet about the mermaid’s journey and a beautiful depth to the relationships formed with those around her, from her mermaid sisters to her chosen human family. There is a complex authenticity and sincerity about her emotions – her loneliness and confusion, her longing and joy, her desire to find a place to belong – that is so achingly relatable. This story also does a lot in terms of positive representation, featuring a mute asexual mermaid who uses sign language to communicate, an asexual, sex-repulsed (and possibly aromantic?) prince and a lesbian princess. I loved the way the author explored the deep bonds between the characters in a way that felt organic and genuine, creating a cute queer-platonic relationship that really touched my heart and had me smiling. I genuinely enjoyed the way this book examined sexuality, love, relationships and gender and focused on developing beautifully positive relationships. It was honestly so gorgeous and meant so much to me. I really appreciate stories that make you feel ok about being different, and that show that happy endings are possible.
On the whole a truly beautiful book perfect for anyone looking for A plus MOGAI representation or readers who enjoy classic fairy tale retellings.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book as part of the Ace book club in exchange for an honest review.
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 wanted to try for a long time. It was really pleasing and relaxing. It was just what I needed before going back to a huge novel full of description. The mermaid's motivations always are clear and it's very easy to drown (no (bad) pun intended) yourself in the book with her.
It's told from the mermaid's point of view. She tells us about her life as a mermaid, about her sisters and their hunts. The mermaids got their own words to talk about human's things, some very accurate words to be honest. Overall the mermaid's journey is full of innocence, even when she has to hunt, when she's lonely and confused (she often is confused). I'm not gonna talk a lot about it, even though it's a retelling and the main plot is known, it varies a lot and it's fun to discover it. Let's just say I loved it.
Concerning the asexual part, because obviously I have to talk about it : I also loved it. The mermaid's thoughts reminded me of my own old confusion. Same thing with the aro-spec part, I related so much. It wasn't there as in a dictionary, it was just.. there, showing people it's okay to be like that, you can still have your happy end. The book goes beyond the asexuality in the MOGAI themes. I.e. what I like with this mermaid thingy, is that you can read it about being transgender. And some sentences spoke to me in that level.
So if it was so sweet, if it touch my heart, if I loved it so much, why only 4 stars?
There's the thing with the smiley in the writing. At first I was really surprised, but I started loving the idea very quickly. I was really excited to see how it would be used, but in the end I was disappointed. I thought there would be more once the mermaid lost her voice. In the same way, I think it would have been more useful during dialogues, but there weren't more in them than usual. The smileys ended up confusing me. Sometimes I didn't know how to read what she was saying because I thought she meant it in some way, but the smiley was telling me something else, and a something else which didn't make sense to me. I still like the idea and I hope to see more use of this.
So I ended up being very confused from times to times, as the mermaid. Because the mermaid is confused, a lot. And she doesn't know much. It's crystal clear -maybe too much. There were too many « I do not know » in my opinion. I like repetition a lot, but this one didn't work. It became exhausting and I felt lost, as the mermaid. So maybe it was the point, because I really felt like her.
I could add the fact I wish there were more about the prince and the princess (but it's just because I liked them so much, we often want more of the good things).
It's a few details. Overall it was a really sweet read that I'll recommend. I still have many books to read, but I'll make sure to read more from the author soon!
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