Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Series: A Waterfire Saga Novel
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 6, 2014)
Source: ARC from Cuddlebuggery for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.
This is an entertaining underwater tale about a young mermaid and her quest to save her kingdom from destruction. The buildup was pretty slow, and not much seemed to happen in the story other than historical explanations and lots of swimming away from the bad guys. It ended rather abruptly, but it's the first in a series of four books.
That being said, I really liked the book. It was well written with a unique setting. While the story didn't bring anything new to the table (it was your typical coming of age story) it was engaging. I enjoyed reading it and especially liked the way it was light on the romance. It was pretty clean, with only a few instances of violence. It's clean enough to be enjoyed by all YA readers, not just the older ones.
I would recommend this book to someone looking for a story about sisterhood, friendship, and self-discovery.
Content: Some violence and made up curse words, but I consider this a clean book.
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the Cuddlebuggery blogger review program in exchange for an honest review.