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Source: eARC provided by Hachette Book Group Canada (thank you! <3)
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Format: Hardcover, 291 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant -- until Celia meets Lo.
Lo doesn't know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea -- a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid -- all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she's becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she's tempted to embrace her dark immortality.
When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude's affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there's only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.
Jackson Pearce effortlessly blends fairytale and contemporary elements in this The Little Mermaid re-telling.
There is some quality writing in this novel. The entire tale was entrancing to read through and the time flew as I was reading. There's a great mixture of light and dark elements and I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
The main characters, Lo and Celia, felt realistic while still being likeable. Although the struggles they face are more of the fantastical variety, the story is ultimately another of two girls finding themselves in a world they're not sure they fit into.
The relationship between the triplets was probably one of my favourite elements. They have such a complicated bond but it's easy to see where they care for each other. There wasn't too much of a romantic focus which was kind of nice for a change... I'm all for focusing more on friendships and family (although obviously I like some love stories too!).
An exciting new twist on a classic tale.
Cover Comments: NOOOO! :( Why did they change the covers for this series? I haven't read the first two books but I've definitely admired those illustrated covers. There could have been SUCH a cool version of that for The Little Mermaid. Oh well. Publisher knows best?
4 Golden Crowns!