I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mermaid's Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
Published by Skyscape on March 1st, 2015
Number of Pages: 236
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
There 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 Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.
One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill 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 O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.
And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?
Magic and curses and fairytale creatures abound in this book. As well as adventure, romance, and sadness. Maren is turning into the mermaid they all knew she would be from the moment she appeared as a baby 17 years ago. And the longer it takes to get her to the sea, the smaller she shrinks. I love the description of her mermaid-self, it was lovely and I could picture her so easily in my head.
I really liked O’Neill, he was my favorite character. Charming and clever, trying so hard to keep his promises to everyone. Clara would have been a stronger character if she had believed in herself more. There was also the ‘dreaded’ love triangle. Clara loves O’Neill but believes him to be in love with her sister Maren. Maren loves O’Neill but having turned into a mermaid there isn’t any way to keep him.
Some of the angst could have been solved if Clara would have just explained to O’Neill what the problem was. Though I can see that wouldn’t have been easy considering their situation at the time. But I got the impression that even if she could have told him, she wouldn’t have done so.
The wyvern and other magical animals were a cute touch, even if most of them vanished after the story got under way. The twist on the evil characters I’ve seen done before, but the personalities the author gave them still made it unexpected for me. And I loved how the ending made the story come full circle.
If you like magic and adventure, stories about familial love as well as the regular romance kind, I would recommend this book.