May 15, 2020

#BookReview: Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal






Synopsis: An award-winning author tells of a mermaid who leaves the sea in search of her landish mother in a captivating tale spun with beautiful prose, lush descriptions, empathy, and keen wit.

Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm.
It is the way of the world.
Come close and tell us your dreams.


Sanna is a mermaid — but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna’s people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.

From the author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book The Kingdom of Little Wounds comes a gorgeously told tale of belonging, sacrifice, fear, hope, and mortality.


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Rating: ★
My Review: I really wanted to fall in love with this one.  The cover both the dust jacket and the book underneath and the sprayed pages were just so gorgeous!!! But sadly it was far too lyrical for my tastes.  It took a paragraph to describe one thing and thats just a little too much for me.  








Susann Cokal's latest miracle, Mermaid Moon, springs from the tides where Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid once swam and walked to land. But she delivers something even more rich and strange, and a mermaid heroine who will swim away with your heart.
                                 --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg and Spoon

Cokal's moody and sea-drenched tale weaves touches of Hans Christian Andersen with a dash of Pied Piper, using language that gorgeously sets each scene, including the exceedingly creepy bone vault ... Lyrical, complex, and occasionally dark, with rich rewards for patient readers. 
                              --School Library Journal


A lasting story of darkness and beauty.
                               --Shelf Awareness


Mermaid Moon is an action-packed tale of parental abandonment, familial longing, treachery and dark magic with an appealingly determined heroine.
                                   --BookPage

Through several voices and richly detailed prose, these markedly different worlds overlap and diverge to impart a nuanced exploration of power, family, faith, and love
                               --Publishers Weekly









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