Genre: Young Adult
Number of Pages: 210
Publication Date: March 9, 2016
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
Themes: Friendship, Love, Trust
Have you ever read and/or heard the original tale of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen? If you have, you know it’s not the fluffy Disney version. It is a lot darker, disturbing, and one you would not want to share with children.
Aden Wilder is uprooted from his hometown in Alaska to Florida while his dad takes on a new job. Though the move isn’t ideal in his senior year of high school, the transition goes along smoother than he first imagined. The best part of the move is the sweet-natured and beautiful Kailani. As the two get to know each other, Aden begins to realize that there is more to Kailani and this world.
This was a really fun read. Most characters are likable, the plot runs pretty smoothly, and the themes are applicable in everyday life.
What I really enjoyed about this read is how the author explores Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”. Godwin takes the tale to a new level and gives her readers the connection between how one unfortunate mermaid is linked to the present day.
I can see young adults really enjoying the innocent and sweet relationship Aden and Kailani begin to form. It has that “love at first sight” fairy tale feel to it, while still making it realistic to them. Though, in reality, this “profound” love the two seventeen-year-olds have for each other is a bit unrealistic, it is a lot better than what happened in the original tale.
The only improvement I can see being made is to tone down the amount of new information a bit. There is no doubt in my mind that the author took a lot time to research and put together this story. However, I did find myself having to re-read certain sections of the book since it touched upon many different creatures and provided a lot explanations of why things were the way they were. There was mention of mermaids, Greek mythology gods/creatures, a bit of Pagan beliefs, a magical ritual, fairies, and others in just 200 pages.
As a side note, there were some grammatical errors scattered here and there in this novel, so a bit more editing would be beneficial here as well.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and quick read that I can see many young adults enjoying.