The Mermaid's Sister - Carrie-Anne Noble | Book Review

Monday, 18 January 2016

Rating: 4/5

"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?"

I have to say, even though this may be considered a children's book, I absolutely loved it! I've been wanting to read a bit of fantasy for a while now, after a long period of reading dystopian YA books, I wanted a break and thought that this book would be a good read.

The premise of this book really intrigued me as we don't know where the characters come from, so from very early on I was gripped. This book is set in a very idyllic cottage on Llanfair Mountain who's residents are sisters Clara and Maren and their guardian known as Auntie.

Overall this story is about love and all of it's different forms; love for you siblings, love from the heart and love for power and through all of this, I found myself really connecting with the character of Clara, in ways that I have never connected with a character before. I found it quite strange how much I found myself in this character.

Overall, this was a very sweet book to read and loved the characters within it and found them quite relateable! And plus, it has a dragon in it, and who doesn't like dragons?!

Love, K :)

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