Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson

Tuesday got away from me again... let's just go back for a moment!
Synopsis (from
A mermaid haunts Adrianne's dreams . . . is she coming to warn her, save her, or drag her down into the depths of the briny sea forever? When Adrianne comes face-to-face with the mermaid of Windwaithe Island, of whom she has heard terrible stories all her life, she is convinced the mermaid means to take her younger sister. Adrianne, fierce-willed and courageous, is determined to protect her sister from the mermaid, and her family from starvation. However, the mermaid continues to haunt Adrianne in her dreams and with her song.

Jillian’s Review:
A refreshingly clean YA fantasy loosely based on Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The story was great though Nielson has a tendency to tell rather than show. I really enjoyed reading about a young girl who had an amazing strength though wasn’t so strong she was unrealistic. I appreciated that the guy she loved didn’t even notice her. It was a great change from the usual YA where every guy notices the beautiful main girl and the guy she likes and she fall desperately in love with each other. That’s just not true to teenage life.

I wish more time had been spent underwater instead of the daily grind that Adrianne had to face. Some descriptions were a bit tedious and I found myself skimming through some of it. However, every character was realistic, the scenery was descriptive easy to envision, and it had a great ending.
This would be perfect for girls ages 10 up.

1 comment:

Rosenbalm Photography said...

Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read it. I love the cover!