Tuesday, April 27, 2010

YA review: The Forbidden Sea

When, one stormy night, a mermaid comes to take Adrianne Keynnman's sister, Cecily, down into the depths of te sea, Adrianne knows she must fight with every ounce of her strength to protect her little sister. On land, Adrianne toils away, trying to eke out a living for her mother, sister, and aunt, after a tragic accident stole her father. Now, life takes a strange and frightening turn as Adrianne's dreams are filled with the mermaid's singing . . .(summary from author's blog)

My thoughts...One of the biggest things I look for when reading a book is a strong heroine.  Adrianne, the young girl from The Forbidden Sea is just that.  She is very strong willed, smart, determined, and very devoted to her family.  I instantly felt sympathetic for this girl who lost her father in a tragic accident.  She finds herself living in poverty with her mother, sister, and an aunt that treats her very disdainfully.  She has an inner strength that helps her deal with some very difficult people and situations.  The other characters helped build the story, but they were not as memorable as Adrianne. 

The plot of The Forbidden Sea moved at a steady pace.  The book takes place in an earlier time and the author did a good job of describing the lifestyle of the villagers.  I could imagine the fear from a time when legends seemed alive in memories and stories.  The book really got vivid toward the ending.  The story got very suspenseful and I was very unsure how it would end. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the writing style and the originality of the book.  This is a safe title for younger readers and I would recommend it to fans of YA literature.  

For more information about The Forbidden Sea and Sheila A. Nielson, visit her website.

This arc was provided by Around The World Tours



Heather (DarklyReading) said...

I haven't seen this book before.. it sounds interesting and I do love a strong heroine..particularly in a YA read :D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'm green with envy. I LOVE mermaid tales and can't wait to read this. Great review.

RaĆ­la said...

Soooo awesome! I'm glad you liked it. I'm really excited for this to come to my hands!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Stopping by from Cym's Book Review. Sounds like a great YA read. Thank you! I will have to look into it.

Jenny N. said...

When I started reading this book, I didnt expect to like it so much so it suprised me when I did.

Kristen said...

Looooovvvveeeddd this book! :-D Glad you did too!!!! Definitely agree that Adrianne is a strong female character.

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