Posts Categorized: mermaids

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I’m off being a very busy bee at BEA currently (Are you also here? Do say hello!). But I have an exciting international (!!!) giveaway today for one of the most hyped Spring 2014 releases! Let’s take a look at my thoughts: This book was such a surprisingly light read. I was expecting a dark, fantasy epic based on the cover and description, but this one reads much more like MG, and a very light MG at that. For instance, there were a fair amount of puns and lingo that I thought veered toward the very silly. Currency is “currensea” and  a girlfriend is a “merlfriend.” Candies are “bing-bangs” and “zee-zees.” I think your mileage on this book will definitely depend a good amount on your tolerance for this. Mine was not very high. I do appreciate the obvious thought and depth that Donnelly put into the worldbuilding, but it read… Read more »

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Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Most of our readers know that we’re huge fans of Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty. Our reviews (which may be found here and here) could hardly contain our excitement over this gothic mermaid story that involves murder, ghosts, and tragic romance! As the book is released in stores today, we’re very pleased to kick off the official blog tour. Since the story is based in a small seaside town whose setting is very important, we asked the author to share her photographs with us from a special trip she took to New England to research her story. There’s also a giveaway for a beautiful finished hardcover copy at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter if you’re in the U.S. or Canada! We invite you to delve deeper into Syrenka’s and Hester’s world. ~ Wendy Elizabeth Fama Guest Post I’m so excited that my first blog stop is… Read more »

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Monstrous Beauty: review

Monstrous Beauty: review

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama It was a woman–as pale and luminescent as a ghost, with swirling white hair. Ezra startled, dropping his pencil into the water. Her face snapped toward him. Her eyes were too large, clear green, and had horizontal, slit-shaped pupils, reminiscent of an octopus. Did your pulse quicken when you read that paragraph? Mine did! I had a feeling I was going to love this book, because it blends several different things that I love: mermaids, the nineteenth century, and ghosts. What I wasn’t prepared for was an unconventionally striking story that will definitely not appeal to someone looking for a typical YA paranormal book. I found this dark fairy tale to be wildly exciting and utterly gorgeous, however, and I think it will find its audience in readers who enjoy literary fiction or more mature YA. In the late 1800s, a mermaid named Syrenka makes… Read more »

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Of Poseidon: giveaway!

Of Poseidon: giveaway!

Have you noticed all the YA mermaid books out this year? One of the books with the prettiest covers and most intriguing story lines is Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.  The book doesn’t come out until later this month on May 22, but we’re giving you a chance to win an ARC of this coveted title now!  Poseidon Synopsis: Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that… Read more »

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How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway

How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway

One of the titles I’m most anticipating this year is The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova. Along with Lies Beneath, it’s another mercreature story with a male POV, which is something I really appreciate in young adult literature–because we sure don’t see enough of it. Which got me to thinking…if you were an ordinary girl who met a merguy, that’s got to be a pretty awkward situation to work out logistically. How would that work, exactly? Zoraida was kind enough to humor my curiosity, as well as to tell us why she chose to write this story from a boy’s perspective. Join us as The Midnight Garden officially kicks off the Vicious Deep Blog Tour!  ~ Wendy    HOW TO DATE A MERMAN There are rules, you see.  Mermen are different from regular men. For one, there’s the tail. Most men don’t have tails. At least, none that you can… Read more »

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Lies Beneath: review

Lies Beneath: review

Lies Beneathby Anne Greenwood Brown I hadn’t killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that. So begins the very first good YA mermaid novel I’ve ever read–and hooray, they’re eeeevil, too! After trudging through so many books with insipid mermaids or one that barely qualified as mermaids, it’s so great to read a story in which sea creatures have purpose. And deadly intent. And tails. These merpeople aren’t drawn to kill people just for sport, but also because they crave the energy they harvested from positive human emotions. One of the things I find most appealing about the idea of mermaids in literature is that I would love to know what it feels like to swim swiftly and endlessly through deep oceans. What’s it like to live under the sea? And if you’re part-fish, where does your aquatic side end and your human… Read more »

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Between the Sea and Skyby Jaclyn Dolamore Ten (Unfulfilled) Wishes for this Book: 1. If this is was supposed to be a YA book, I wish that the story was more complex, the characters more fully developed, and the dialogue less juvenile. 2. If this was supposed to be a middle grade book, I wish there were no fewer mentions of breasts and men looking at them, fewer mentions of drunken sailors making suggestive remarks, and less focus on the rather insipid romance. Such random lascivious behavior inserts an ugly note into the story for no reason whatsoever. 3. I wish mermaids didn’t eat olives and nuts and other decidedly human foods; it just doesn’t sit well with me. I also wish mermaids didn’t eat fish. While I understand that fish do eat other fish in the wild, there’s a certain cannibalism about this scenario that I would think the… Read more »

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