The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
I’m not a fan of most Young Adult novels. Some of the recent super popular YA books have been mind numbing disasters, but this one caught my eye. It was one of four books offered as part of the Kindle First selections for February and I thought all four books sound interesting so I took my two free ones and pre-ordered the other two.
What do you get when you mix curses, charms, orphans, traveling snake oils salesmen/carnies, a dragon, and a mermaid? You get this book. Cute, easy to read.
Why I read this book: Again, it sounded interesting. It was fairly cheap (Kindle version). I just finished reading The Sparrow a few weeks ago which was a heavy-themed book so this seemed like a nice departure. Oh and mermaids. Who doesn’t love a good human/mermaid morph story?
What I liked: The characters are well developed and the cast of characters were relatively small. The animals in the story weren’t just animals, they were characters too with personalities and mannerism that really added to the mythology of the story. The plot had some predictable elements, but there were enough twists or misdirection if you will to keep it from being boring.
What I didn’t like: It is written in first person, present tense which took a little getting used to as I read. As a writer, kudos to Noble for doing it well, but as a reader, ugh. Keeping in mind it is a YA novel, my criticism of the story being simple seems unfair, but the story was simple.