2014 Winner Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Young Adult FictionThere is no cure for being who you truly are...In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Aunties healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Claras favorite story tells of three orphan infantsClara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, ONeill, who was found beneath an apple tree.One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sisters skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaidand knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and ONeill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and ONeill must find a way to save themselves...
|Title||:||The Mermaid's Sister|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||237 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Mermaid's Sister Reviews
Let me begin by saying that I'm very happy I didn't pay money for this book because if I had then I may have forced myself to finish...
It was on page 57 that the battle raging in my mind over whether to push through and finish this book or to give up and read another book on my mile long to read list finally ended. Needless to say the book lost, which was a shame because I love fairy tales and mermaids are my favorite mythical creature.
My largest issues with this book can be explained in two wa ...more
A New Classic Fairytale
The Mermaid's Sister reads like a classic fairytale. It is an adventure centered around a family of teens with magical origins, and their quest of self discovery. The language is lyrical, poetic, and heartbreaking. I can just keep gushing about how beautiful the writing is.
What I loved:
The books is told from Clara's point of view. Clara is shy and modest, but loves her family fiercely. She's the quiet shadow to her charming sister ...more
A story of a girl who's fated to turn into a stork, her sister is in the process of becoming a mermaid.
(There's a pet wyvern!)
A lovely tale about two sisters brought up together on a beautiful mountain. One was brought by the stork, the other left in a shell.
Their story takes them on a journey of magic, danger, captivity, adventure & mystery, as one sister tries to save the other.
At times it felt quite young and aimed more at teen readers I felt, it was still enjoyable & magical though.
This book was everything: adventurous, magical, whimsical, action-packed, lovely. A surprise find that's so worth it even if it did end a little too sweetly: with a marriage. This book game me similar feelings I got while reading The Night Circus and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
I chose this book as my Kindle Firsts selection for the month of February. Here are my notes from the read.
* The text is clean and well written. I sense no textual issues and my grammar/spelling radar is not getting tripped so that's good. I would say that the writing lacks any real style or flair. It's all very straightforward and not terribly unique. Nothing reaches out to grab you about this.
* Pacing is average to slow. The story takes a while to develop in any meaningful way. I ...more
First impressions do matter, and I couldn’t help being attracted to “The Mermaid’s Sister”. The cover art is gorgeous and it promises a good fairy tale-- one that weaves relatable, everyday humans with fantastical creatures. Unfortunately, the attraction faded when I was about 3 chapters through, and what's left was a feeling of ambivalence that lingered until the end. There is nothing original, nothing unique. The setting of an early 20th century fantasy rural America was charming, but the nove ...more
I picked up The Mermaid's Sister through Kindle First and was delightfully surprised by the tale. It had interesting characters, a nice fairy tale fantasy plot set in historical Pennsylvania, and I pretty much devoured the book in a few days. There was a good Virtus angle in it (Clara trying to save her sister's life), a tension-filled love story, and an engaging cast of characters. It's mean for a YA audience, but I enjoyed it. My only criticism was the tension could have been more harrowing. I ...more