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|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.|
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:Top Ten Books For Non-Mermaid Fans
(Aka, the Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want To Read [books you may have bought but aren't sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren't sure about --- basically any book that has you going, "TO READ OR NOT TO READ?"]
Since we're knee-deep in Splash into Summer, I figured that a lot of you aren't big mermaid fans. You just have to put up with our epic love for two weeks, right?
Obviously, I love mermaids. I want to read ALL THE BOOKS. So this week's TTT doesn't quite work for me.
Buuuuut I'm pretty sure that some of YOU have some mermaid books sitting on your shelf that you aren't sure about reading. If you've never read a mermaid book, it's OKAY. If you're not a mermaid fan, it's OKAY!
State Secret? My co-host Emily never read a mermaid book before the event. I'm converting her. Let me convert you too, okay? If you're not sure about mermaids, here are ten books you could try!
In no particular order...
2) ATLANTIA by Ally Condie
This is going to be one of THE big books this fall. A new book from the author of the bestselling Matched Triloyg? A STAND-ALONE that isn't part of a series? This one is going to be big. I just finished reading it last week, and it was so, so good. I'm really eager to share my early thoughts with you during Splash! ATLANTIA really isn't about mermaids. At all. But it takes place underwater and focuses on two twins who are forced to separate when one chooses to live Above and the other Below. Atlantia was meant to save people...but instead, it has begun to destroy them. I won't give you too many spoilers now. If you want them, check out my upcoming review!
3) LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter
This is perhaps my favorite mermaid book. It's not for everyone, though. If, when you think of mermaids, you only want sweet, happy things, run far, far away from this series. Mermaids are not as tame as you may think if you only know them through Disney. They can be dark and gritty, too. Mermaids--sirens, really--are born to give broken girls a second chance at life. Girls who are abused, bullied, unloved. Girls who commit suicide or die tragically. Their souls are reborn, and they become deadly sirens intent on bringing down the men who made them this way. I seriously have so much love for this series!
4) MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama
Maybe you like mystery novels or historicals. Have a little bit of both with MONSTROUS BEAUTY. The mermaid present are once again dark and wild. Tame creatures, these are not. When Syrenka falls for a human and gives everything up for him, her life changes--and not for the better. Fast-forward over a century later, and the events of the past have brought about a powerful curse. Doesn't that sound great? And hey, if for nothing else, you should pick up the book (in paperback!) because Macmillan features an interview I did with Elizabeth Fama as a bonus goodie! Look forward to a special visit from Elizabeth during Splash!
THE VICIOUS DEEP is unique because it features a merMAN. One who is the heir to an underwater throne (and doesn't know it!), no less. It's about time guys get to have some fun, too. Why is it always about merMAIDS? And why is it usually a long-lost princess? Enter Tristan...get ready to love this guy! This series is great for that reason alone (And okay, also many other reasons!). Plus, Zoraida is hilarious and wonderful, and I can't wait to have her stop by during Splash!
6) THE TAIL OF EMILY WINDSNAP by Liz Kessler
This series is fun for all ages! It starts out rather typically, but as the story progresses, Liz Kessler creates so much original mythology and lore, and I'm excited every time I dive back beneath the sea with Emily. When I heard she was working on a sixth book, I was so happy! The series centers around a half-girl/half-mer named Emily as she discovers her dual identity and gets into all sorts of mischief!
7) TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper
Let's try another way to entice...how about a book with MONSTERS? And what about one where your main character is a monster? Let's add in some selkies. A date with destiny. Um, and whew, romance. And an awesome cover!!! TANGLED TIDES is different from all the other mermaid books out there, and gives you quite a few different topics to make it a great "first" book!
8) BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY by Jaclyn Dolamore
Fairy tale fan? BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY is the book for you! It reads like a fairy tale, and is so easy to fall in love with. When Esmerine comes to land, she suffers with her landlegs. It also features her best friend, a Fandarsee boy with wings. And, to bring this back to fairy tales, let me quote from Ever After: "A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live?" And so, a mermaid may love a Fandarsee...but again, where would they live? And could they do so without pain, and without the overwhelming loss of all they've given up?
9) REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS by Hélène Boudreau
This is the book I like to recommend alongside Judy Blume's staple ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET. When girls become tweens and start undergoing changes, it's nice to do so side-by-side with a beloved character. REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS is great because it's modern-day and Jade is really relatable. She's a little overweight, she gets acne, and she never knew she was a mermaid until the day she got her period for the first time. Talk about a freak of nature! These books are so funny, and it's so easy to grow up alongside Jade!
10) MERMAID: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
One last chance to grab you! Okay, okay. You know the story of The Little Mermaid, right? Did you know that the original version is much darker than the Disney version? Carolyn Turgeon takes a look at the original version, while still doing her signature twisting of the truth. The result is a book that looks at the POVs of two characters competing for one prince's heart and giving reasoning to each that fleshes out the original tale!
So, what do you think?