Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mermaid Challenge, Week 4 + Follow Friday

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Welcome to Week 4 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)

This week I read The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Neilson. And once again, I am simply floored by how well-written a lot of these books are! I LOVED Forbidden Sea! It was delightful! 

So Adrianne is a fourteen-year-old girl who pretty much supports her entire, destitute family. Her father was killed several years ago in a tragic accident, and ever since then, she's been running the household. She looks after her broken soul of a mother, her sweet--if a bit spoiled at times--younger sister, and her mean-tempered Auntie who she can never seem to please.

Meanwhile, she's crushing hard on the boy who's been her best friend since they were both teeny-boppers, but who sees her as a friend and sister. At the beginning, her younger sister Cecily, after learning that the family can no longer afford to feed their dog and must sell the animal, runs away to the sea to cry and gets herself caught on some dangerous rocks in a storm. Adrianne is the only one who knows her sister well enough to find her, and when she does, she is attacked by a beautiful mermaid that leaves a scar on Adrianne's wrist. 

The rest of the novel is her hearing the mermaid call to her from the sea and avoiding her fate with terror. Something similar happened to a young woman of legend a hundred years before, and she was never seen again. Adrianne has no plan to share that woman's fate. Meanwhile, she's picked on by the rich of the island who look down on her for her poverty, all while fighting to feed her family and keep her Auntie's constant ire from coming down on her. Denn, her crush, often stands up to her, but never in a way that spells romance.

I found this story to be refreshing. It totally kept my attention. I empathized so much with Adrianne. Hers is the plight of any young woman struggling to shoulder a burden too heavy for her shoulders, all while feeling worse than invisible--like the ugly duckling that people can't help but notice. In a bad way. Meanwhile, her young girl heart still dreams of the boy she likes. And now she's got a mermaid after her! 

I pretty much read this in one sitting. I started reading it one day, but only got about twenty pages through it. The next day, I sat down to read...and finished it. Just totally loved this book. It was so touching and well-written that I even got misty-eyed a few times. It's especially surprising that I connected with the main character so much because generally I prefer adult characters to YA ones, but I loved this girl! 

Overall, I totally loved this book. I would recommend it absolutely anyone who is looking for a great read.

*Remember to put your URL in the linky if you did a mermaid review this week!

Has anyone else read The Forbidden Sea? What did you think of it? What other mermaid novels have you read lately?

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Q: Have you broken up with a series? If so which one and why.

You know, I can't think of one. I know when I was in high school and got really into high fantasy, I picked up a few off the shelf, and didn't even finish them because they turned out to be thinly disguised porn. But I don't remember what they were.

Other than that, I don't think I have. Not lately, anyway. I have a bit of a completion complex. If I like the first book in a series enough to finish it, I'll probably end up reading the entire series sooner or later. Neurotic? Yeah, probably. But it's okay. I don't mind. :D

(After writing the above, I thought of one. I'm not sure it counts just because I actually read the entire trilogy, but I freaking hated the Millenium trilogy (i.e. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I enjoyed the whodunit of book 1, and read the 2nd and 3rd books hoping it would get better. I was immensely disappointed in the end of book 3. I felt like the author set us up for something and then changed his mind twenty pages before the end. So, if you can break up with a series after having read the whole thing, I'd go with that one. (Yet another example of my completion complex.) :D)

How about you? What series have YOU broken up with lately?


  1. Hopping through. I've only read the first Dragon Tattoo book. I'd like to read the rest. They're like witnessing a train wreck.
    My Hop

  2. Yea I haven't heard the best things about the Dragon Tattoo books. Thanks for stopping by mine!!

    -Becky @ Book Bite Reviews

  3. I so feel that way too at least about most books anyway. Thank you for stopping by and old follower still! 8)

  4. For me, it's Sookie Stackhouse.

    I'm glad to be one of your many new followers! ❤

    T. R. Graves, Author

  5. I am following you from the hop. I would love return followers on bloglovin pleas

  6. I haven't picked up that series yet, but I don't think that I ever will.

    Thanks for following, following back!

  7. I gave up on The Wheel of Time because it went on for too long.

  8. I gave up on the SHIVER series, and I have gave up on the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series because I felt it was so played out. Some series should just stop at book one, and some should never be written haha ;)

    Happy Friday! I'm your newest follower!

  9. Same thing with me, Im also not interested on the Girl with Dragon Tatto. I wonder what some readers love on that.

    new follower on GFC.

    check mine.

  10. That series wasn't for me either. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am an old follower :)
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog

  11. I couldn't finish the first book in the Millenium trilogy. It just didn't grab me.

    Thanks for stopping by :) New Follower GFC

  12. Great FF post! Have a great weekend! New follower via GFC :)
    -Scott Reads It

  13. I have not read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I've been dying to. Sorry the rest didn't turn out as expected for you.

    Courtney Ann @ Rondo of a Possible World
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  14. I'm the same way! If I like a series well enough I'll continue to read it to the very end...even if the end is totally horrible. So far I've yet to drop a series because of the deteriorating quality but I know they exist so I'm wary when I pick up one!

    Have a great Friday :) New Linkys Follower!!

    My FF HERE.

    -Seirra @ Dear, Restless Reader

  15. I have the same issue with the need to complete a series. Morbid curiosity even when the series has gone south, but when an author changes it takes a complete 180 I have to bail.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy FF!

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog! But yes, I completely get what you're saying! I break up with books after I've read them! Like "What?! NO. We're over. You let me down!" It's so hard for me to just NOT finish a series once I've started it.


  17. The Millenium trilogy is veeeery descriptive. I still have book two on my shelf but can't get myself to read it. Here is my FF Old follower.

  18. Sometimes I read book one of a series and never continue. I don't really consider that a break-up though since I didn't have a relationship with the series at all. After book 2 I generally am stuck reading it.

    New follower!
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  19. Hopping through. Thanks for following and Im following back.

  20. I have a hard time not completing series too. I am usually invested in at least one of the characters by the end of the first book and want to read on. The series I listed as after 6 books that were so similar and a love interest that was boring that I just didn't see the point of reading anymore. I didn't even think to mention DNF's for some reason. Thank you so much for stopping by my FF. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  21. It is interesting that you picked the Millennium trilogy. I haven't read it yet but it is very popular. Makes me rethink reading it. Thanks for sharing and visiting my FF. Old Follower =]

  22. OMG I'm like you, where I feel like I've got to finish the series, the only time I don't feel this way is if I didn't like book 1 from the beginning.

    I actually couldn't think of a series that I had started reading and didn't want to read the consecutive books to the series, but that's one…The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I did persevere with it and I did finish the book but I didn't care enough to read book 2 and 3. Having said that, I've had similar problems in the past but when I re-read a book I sometimes fall in love with it, even though I didn't like it first time around! Strange :(

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    Have a great weekend!

  23. I haven't read that trilogy yet. One of my friends did, and she didn't like it very well. Actually, I don't know if she finished the trilogy. I couldn't think of a series I've actually broken up with, but I answered with one I might break up with, lol. Thanks for stopping by my FF!

  24. Maybe it's a good thing you don't remember those books! Oh, I've had that trilogy in my room but I haven't read it. Thanks for dropping by my FF!

    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

  25. I haven't read the girl with the dragon tatoo. It's kind of like how I was disappointed in the ending of the Hunger game series. I read it to the end but sometimes I think I wish I hadn't

  26. Loving the mermaid recommendations!

    Hmmm, I don't think I've ever gotten too far into a series and then not finished it. If I love book one, I usually keep reading until the author's finished. I don't think I've ever come across an author who got WORSE with writing practice.

    However, I did recently start a book that is a part of a series and I didn't even finish the book... and will NOT be reading any more by that author.

  27. I am similar to you in that if I don't like the first book, I don't continue on with the series, thus I have not technically broken up with a series. I wasn't thoroughly impressed with the last two books in the Millennium trilogy neither.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF! Follower back via GFC and bloglovin :)

  28. I too did not like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and did not quite understand the huge popularity.

    Following back!

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books