Title: Mermaid Moon
Author’s Name: Susann Cokal
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 497 Pages
ISBN: 1536209597 (ISBN13: 9781536209594)
Author or Book Website: https://www.susanncokal.net/#!
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Release Date: N/A
How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
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.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I got some Little Mermaid vibes from this. I am not sure if this is a true retelling, but it was a powerful story. Sanna has to deal with magic, struggle with her duality of sea and land, and falling in love. It is a tale that makes you want all the best things for Sanna and her journey. Her father from the sea and her mother from the land. She wants to learn about her mother and her world. I enjoyed this for there was just something about Sanna that was very relatable and powerful.
My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars