Good Read Synopsis:
There is no cure for being who you truly are…
In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian, Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions; by night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.
One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin: Maren is becoming a mermaid and must be taken to the sea or she will die. So Clara, O’Neill, and the mermaid-girl set out for the shore. But the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening Maren.
And always in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?
Chick and Brain Rating: 3 out of 5
Let me start by saying…I wish I was Maren! Who didn’t grow up wanting to become a mermaid! This chick went through her whole life KNOWING she was going to become a mermaid! I am JEALOUS! She is by far my favorite character, but that is mostly because she is the mermaid of the story. The sisterly bond between Maren and Clara is another plus for me. Being closer to my, “sisters” than my actual flesh and blood I can relate. Noble does a great job focusing on these two characters as individuals, while also keeping the main focus on their strong bond to each other.
Then there is Clara, who starts out as a not so lovable character, but in the end kind of wins our hearts. It honestly took me till the last 50 pages to want anything to do with her. She seemed to be very self-depreciating and focused completely on her love for O’Neil. By the end of the story, Clara’s true colors are shown and she becomes the strong female character we were all hoping for. I just wish she had been that way from the beginning. That would have made the story a lot more enjoyable for me.
Lastly, I have no idea why Noble felt the need to add a relationship between Clara and O’Neil. Yes, she loved him. We were reminded of that in every other paragraph. It was blatantly obvious through most of the story that Maren was desperately in love with O’Neil. We as readers were led to believe this for a vast majority of the book. I would have been just as happy for the book to end with Maren returning to the sea and everyone living happily ever after. It was pointless and not needed, but it did add a very cute ending to an already adorable story.
Until next time,