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"Celia is a harbourer of memories, knowing what has already been always seemed so insignificant- until she meets Lo. Lo's memory is drowning in the vastness of the ocean. She's transforming into a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid- terms far too pretty for the soulless monster she's becoming."
I cannot stress how much I've been enjoying this series, at this point I would definitely recommend reading the previous two books. In Sweetly it didn't matter if you hadn't read Sisters Red, but there is a thread linking these books together. And it's that tiny thread from Sweetly that becomes the main subject of this book. Ocean girls.
From reading the full blurb I thought this was going to be a love triangle, and with a sigh I accepted. The fact that the previous two books weren't like that meant I could get over the love triangle thing. I can gladly say no love triangle, these girls have their own lives, own paths and their interest is Jude is different too.
Celia is one of three sisters that possesses a gift, seeing past, present and future. It's not that Celia doesn't want to embrace her gift, she doesn't want to be like her sisters. Using it for their own gain, getting boys to fawn all over them. Plus what use can she be knowing someone's past in an instant?? But then Lo appears and she finally feels useful. She can help this strange, and slightly scary girl to remember who she was, what happened to her and where she came from.
Lo. Lo is an ocean girl, knows nothing about who she, or who others like her were. All she knows and understands is the now, to become human again you must take a soul. Easier said than done, a lesson learned early on. But what Lo, and everyone else like her knows is that one day if they're lucky the angels who brought them to the ocean will come back for them, leading them to their new life. Queue Celia throwing a spanner in the works, Lo starts to remember and becomes torn. When she's in the ocean she's happy, it feels part of her, natural. But the small part of her that remembers won't go down without a fight.
The theme of these books are all about identity, Lo has to fight to cling on to the memories of her past or let them go like the rest of her kind and Celia is learning there is life outside of her sisters shadow.
I asked my husband the other day, "What would scare you the most; exploring outer space or exploring the deep ocean?"
I love the ocean...I find it peaceful, calming, and quite beautiful and powerful. But, the thought of exploring the deep ocean, I must admit, I find quite terrifying. Probably because it's part of our home and the thought of huge terrifying creatures living in it gives me the heebie jeebies.
This book filled me with dread. Just the thought of something that big coming out of the water right in front of me, is enough to give me nightmares and Greig Beck does a great job of bringing that fear out into the open.
This book is abut an evolutionary biologist looking for primordial life in an underground lake that's been sealed up for millions of years. What they find is the stuff of nightmares! This ancient creature then gets released out into open waters and all hell breaks loose.
An enjoyable, albeit terrifying, thriller recommended for everyone.
Short review for a short read.
I keep reading mermaid books, praying to find one that leaps out at me. This one fell flat. It wasn't terrible, but it was just sort of blah. The writing wasn't special, the scenery was sort of generic. The main character being a triplet was a nice change, but there just wasn't anything different about this.
And by the end, you still have unanswered questions. What are the ocean girls, really? What are the "angels"? Where did the "angels" go? Do the ocean girls eat? The story was good enough to entertain a tween, but not an adult.
I did like Lo, however. Bless her tortured heart.