Published by Mari Bianca on June 9th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, FairyTale-Retellings
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Mermaid princess Sirenia has waited her whole life for one special day to come. Her 17th birthday. On this most eagerly anticipated occasion, mermaids of age are allowed to satisfy their curiosity of Humanland for the first time. When each rises to the surface, they always return gratified by their journey, but ultimately agree it is better to be home under the sea. Not Sirenia. When she rises to the surface on the day she comes of age, the youngest daughter of the Sea King realises what she's been missing her whole life. And she's not ready to let it go. So she goes to see the one creature in the seven seas that might be able to help her - but it will cost her everything she has. Her family. Her home. Even her voice. A tale of magic, sacrifice and true love, Serenade is a twist in the classic tale based on Hans Christian Andersen's celebrated fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If you loved The Little Mermaid, you would totally love this book. As it was stated, this book was a retelling of The Little Mermaid, and it really is. I have to say, the book is quite similar to the fairytale, but what I really loved was how the story actually progressed. You will see the main character, Sirenia, grow throughout the whole book, from being a selfish (okay, not really) brat, to doing whatever it takes to save her people. This story has two sides to it, I believe. On one hand, it showed that true love will overcome any pain and every sacrifice is worth it. This can be seen from the fact that Sirenia actually gave up her tail, because she wanted to have legs, which will also make her feel like she’s walking on razor blades every single time. On the other hand, it also shows that there were times when you do have to get back to your family, no matter what.
This book was not categorised as Young Adult, which I have no idea as to why, but I feel that it should. I would recommend it to young teenagers. who are on the verge of growing up. Because I believe that everyone can learn what Sirenia learns to, and can relate to her. Honestly, Sirenia’s thoughts are similar to those of a teenage girl, curious as to what lays on the other side of the world. She reminds me of me actually, those times when I could not wait to grow up fast enough because I wanted to travel the world HAHA.
But really, this book is a fun read. It will make you laugh, cry and sometimes your eyes will widen in fear of what was going to happen next. And those feelings are exhilarating HAHA.