Published by Skyscape on March 1st 2015
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?
I am an Amazon Prime member so sometimes I’ll download a free book to read on my Kindle app. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble intrigued me with the interesting cover. And obviously, the word “mermaid” in the title. This book ended up being a pretty quick enjoyable read for me.
The story centers on a pair of sisters, with the main protagonist and primary POV being that of Clara. Clara and her sister, Maren, live with their Auntie and their pet wyvern (goofy little dragon) on the top of a mountain. They are regularly visited by Scarrf and his son/apprentice O’Neill. For as long as the three remember, they have been told that Maren came to Auntie in a seashell, Clara was brought by a stork, and O’Neill was found under an apple tree. As the story starts to take off, Maren has started growing scales and it is revealed that she is, in fact, becoming a mermaid, and must be returned to the sea. Clara struggles with her fear of losing Maren, fear of becoming a stork and fear of her feelings for O’Neil. The three set off on an adventure to bring Maren to the sea and run into some trouble with a band of traveling performers.
This story reads like a fairytale or folktale. It has magic interwoven with tragedy and ultimately ends up with a happily ever after for all of the characters in unconventional ways. The writing style is pretty simplistic but the story is easy to get lost in. I’m gonna go with a solid three here, as there are a few things that bothered me but overall I really enjoyed it.