Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1) By Jennifer Donnelly

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    Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation - and burden - that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother's hopes.

    The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin's arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina's darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence. Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1)

    I was so excited about this series - about MERMAIDS. I had very high hopes for this story. I felt the writing was juvenile. It was written for the young adult market, but at a middle grade level. I enjoyed the puns in the book dealing with water life - clever, but I didn't feel this was a smart book.

    I didn't really relate to the characters. I know teens are whiney, but this whole story felt whiney. A pretty cool world was starting to be set up. There is the most powerful kingdom in the oceans, with the most powerful and within chapters, some unknown army literally destroys it. This didn't make sense. I mean decimation. We barely got to know the world before it's gone.

    Why do fantasy writers nowadays think you have to destroy everything to make a good book. Can there be some history, some things left. Why must it always be scorched earth? I guess it's scarier that way, but it is done to death and oh so boring. The anti keeps being upped and at this point, I don't care anymore. I want something that preserves and nourishes instead of destroying.

    My next big issue is the ending. In series, it does feel like there is more story, but the big goal for book one was not achieved. It ended in the middle and that was annoying. Why didn't we get an end to this book instead it felt like the story ended in the middle of it.

    I gave this book an extra star for being about a wonderful subject- Mermaids. I don't like giving low reviews, but this is not a favorite of mine - sadly. I haven't decided if I will read on or not. Possibly. Maybe, I'm too stressed to enjoy this or maybe I need a break from stories where the civilization ends. I'm tried of that story. We need something else. A way to preserve. I think the overall politics of the day is having a huge effect on my psyche. I really need hope and to believe that it will not all end in a ball of rubble, but our way of life and country and can saved and preserved. Who knows? So maybe that is my bias on this story.

    I will say that I wasn't crazy about any of the characters. None of them spoke to me or got under my skin. It was creative and it was a beautiful world before it was destroyed. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

    A Special Girl who happens to be a Princess who needs to Save The World from an Unspeakable Evil...

    What. A. Shocker.

    The twist is that this is all underwater.

    That's right. There's a mermaid secret society who uses magic to hide and protect their kingdoms.

    We follow Princess Serafina.

    In typical YA fashion, she loses her parents a few chapters in, loses her throne shortly after and loses her entire country almost immediately after that.

    Hmm... what a predicament.

    It's almost like the heir to an entire kingdom shouldn't inherit when she's only a teen....

    Anyway, the princess must find a way to save the entire ocean before it's too late.

    There is a legend of underwater witches (which no one, in a society of magical mermaids, believes in... because obviously, witches are completely unrealistic) who may hold the key to Saving The World (TM)...

    Ok, the premise of this book was okay, the writing was bland and the consistency was pretty bad.

    The Premise - aka, this sounds familiar...

    I'm totally in for a mermaid novel.... unfortunately this one felt pretty formulaic.

    Girl is a gorgeous princess. Girl loses everything. Girl is afraid to lead kingdom. Girl goes on a magical journey to learn that true leadership comes from within...

    It's just nothing special. It's your average YA, but underwater.

    The Writing - aka, mehhhhhhhhh.

    I honestly don't have much to say, mostly cause there's not much too it.

    The writing was really only surface-deep, most of the emotions were told and there wasn't even that much ocean imagery.

    You'd think the author would emphasize the way the waves felt to the creatures underwater, or what it was like to swim or all the cool coral reefs and fish... but nope.

    Other than a few cursory sentences... ehhhh, it pretty much felt like they were on land.

    The Consistency - aka, the author does know her world is underwater, right?

    I swear, the author doesn't even remember her own made-up society. As in she legitimately forgets her characters are underwater many times.

    Keep in mind, this is an ancient race, isolated for 4,000 years who absolutely refuse any and all contact with teragogs (humans)... so, I spent the whole book wondering:

    How do you... instantly recognize modern day things?

    Bicycle chains and hockey sticks! Silks and gowns from different eras are instantly named. And yet they call humans Terragoggs. Why. Just why.

    How do you...
    ...carried a dagger at her hip...
    when you don't have hips. Hips are where legs join the torso. Since mermaids have a single tail, it would be hip, right?

    How do you... conveniently develop a society that not only has the same names, but also the same culture and even the same accent as the nearest terragog land mass.

    Indian mermaids wear saris near India, Japanese ones haunt the waters near Japan, Romanian ones have ancient spells (etc)....

    Even their names didn't make sense. For a society who was reportedly sent under the ocean 4,000 years ago, how do you explain names like Becca, Ava and Astrid?

    Are there secret mermaid spies who sneak up to docks and boats to pick up all the coolest Terragogg lingo and/or societal norms?
    Spy 1: hmm, seems like puffed sleeves are out and flowy gowns are in. Ooo! Long hair is super in. And everyone is totally naming their kids Emily this season!
    Spy 2: *writing furiously*
    How do you...
    ...blinking back tears...
    when you A) never made it to the surface and B) live underwater. At most, she should feel her eyes sting, right?? RIGHT???

    But then again, Serafina vomits downwards (not outwards... which I expected given the way liquids disperse).

    And she drinks tea with another character later in the book...So who knows how liquids work under the ocean. Not me. That's for sure.

    How do you... only use common human phrases/idioms but with a fishy twist?

    (See previous comment about mermaid spies).

    Old woman on her own? Lives with catfish. Lots of catfish.

    A lawyer? Jokingly called the worst kind of shark there is.

    Blind mermaid? Keeps a seeing eye piranha on a leash.
    Which as an aside -

    A) how does she know what a leash is?

    B) how do you even put a leash on a fish?

    C) the author clearly didn't do any research - piranha are not happy unless they are in a big school... and they are no where near aggressive as people think. Tbh, they're lazy and pretty boring fish...
    How do you... make color comparisons of a dress to
    the color of Ox blood
    when you've lived your entire life underwater in the middle of the ocean. How do you even know what an ox is? HOW????

    I've lived my entire life on the surface and at most, I assume that ox blood is red.

    Update: it's a mauve-y-maroon color. Yet Princess Mermaid can instantly recognize it...

    How do you...
    After she bleached her hair blond...
    bleach your hair underwear? HOW DID THEY NOT CHOKE AND DIE?

    So there's all that.... combined with the fact that the big superpower is just really good singing. And friendship.
    Sighhhhh.

    Honestly, I've been burned so many times by YA, and yet I keep going back.

    P.s.

    Anybody out there know any good mermaid books???

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    “You don’t look like an outlaw,” Serafina said.
    “Or a shark,” Neela said.
    “I’m a lawyer, actually, the worst kind of shark.”
    This is not a bad book, but the pros in this book are outweighed by the fact that it is an overwhelmingly childish infodump.

    There is no cursing in this underwater fantasy, a rave (drug-filled party to us landlubbers) is a all-night wave. An ass is a wrasse. There are no bad-asses, but there are bad-wrasses and jackwrasses.

    Money is called currensea. Jerks are gobies and guppies. Transparency spells are spelled transparensea. A girlfriend is a merlfriend. A crazy mermaid lady keeps catfish as pets. A family tree is a family coral. Caramel is caramalgae, and other candies are chillawondas, bing-bangs, janteeshaptas, and zee-zees. Manta Rays speak in RaySay. Anchovies speak Pesca. Dolphin speak Dolpheen.

    I love bad puns. I love word play. But there's only so much I can take before this book starts to descend into absurdity, which is a damned shame because it's a good book otherwise.

    This book is categorized as Young Adult and New Adult and I have no idea why. It reads like a Middle Grade story, and it wouldn't be out of place next to a 7-year old's A Little Mermaid picture book. The Disney version, not the Grimm's. Hint: Don't read your child the Hans Christian Andersen version unless you want to pay for therapy out of their college fund.

    So, in continuing with today's theme of terrible puns, I have this to say about the book: It's not a bad book about mermaids, but it doesn't have sole. The characters are shallow, the plot doesn't hold water, and overall, I'd have to give it a sea. There's a surprising level of depth, as well as a good feminist message, but if you want a book that your older teen will love, don't hold your breath.

    Sorry for all the bad puns. I didn't do them on porpoise. I'm just angling to get a rise out of you.

    The good:
    - VERY light on romance
    - A creative and enchanting underwater fantasy (fantasea?) world
    - Strong female characters and friendships
    - Diverse characters (we have Indian, Chinese, Italian, Middle-Eastern mermaids, prominently featured)
    - A matriarchal kingdom

    The bad:
    - HUGE infodump: the first 25% of the book is a major infodump with almost no plot, that had my head spinning
    - Little character development, the characters are strong and feminist, but they lack a level of depth that made them believable
    - The childishness: the puns, the wordplay, the very, very cute fantasy world that's even prettier than the Disney version. It just undermines the seriousness of the book

    The summary: Principessa Serafina of the Miromara lives an enchanted life under the sea.
    She sat up in her bed—an enormous ivory scallop shell—and stretched. One half of the shell, thickly lined with plump pink anemones, was where she slept. The other half, a canopy, was suspended on the points of four tall turritella shells. The canopy’s edges were intricately carved and inlaid with sea glass and amber. Lush curtains of japweed hung down from it. Tiny orange gobies and blue-striped dragonets darted in and out of them.
    But all is not as glorious as it seems. Today is the day of her Dokimi, where she will have to perform in front of her entire kingdom. It's a huge deal, and Sera is understandably freaked out about it.
    “Right, Mom. Only a Dokimí,” said Serafina, her fins flaring. “Only the ceremony in which Alítheia declares me of the blood—or kills me. Only the one where I have to songcast as well as a canta magus does. Only the one where I take my betrothal vows and swear to give the realm a daughter someday. It’s nothing to get worked up about. Nothing at all.”
    To top it off, her childhood friend and betrothed has since become an asshole in the past two years. He used to be a wonderful young man with whom she looked forward to marrying. They shared an understanding, and perhaps even love.
    She could still hear the last words he’d spoken to her, right before he’d returned to Matali.
    “My choice,” he’d whispered, taking her hand. “Mine. Not theirs.”
    But on the day of her Dokimi, Mahdi seems to be a different person. He's now a playboy, a rebel, someone she dreads marrying. But Sera has more to worry about than romance because there's something bigger going on within her kingdom.
    Sera could only imagine what her mother would have said if she’d barged into her chamber complaining that Mahdi had hurt her feelings.
    She had to do it. She had to put her pain and loss aside and exchange vows with a merman she couldn’t even bear to look at, in order to save her people from a war.
    War. Yep. War is coming. Their kingdom has always had enemies, from the Praedatori to the Terragoggs (humans), but now it is more than a mere threat. It all started with her mother's assassination.
    She would remember that moment for a long time, that golden, shining, moment.The moment before everything changed.
    Before the arrow, sleek and black, came hurtling through the water and lodged in her mother’s chest.
    The night of the Dokimi was supposed to be the beginning of her future, instead, it signals the end. Her kindgom is in shatters. Her people have been hurt. Serafina isn't ready to become queen, but it seems like she doesn't have much of a choice. Together with her mermaid friends, Ling and Neela, Serafina will have to use her magic to solve the mystery of the Ielé witches.

    The Setting:
    “As you know, the Ondalinians broke the permutavi three months ago,” Isabella said. “Your uncle thinks Admiral Kolfinn did it because he wished to derail your betrothal to the Matalin crown prince and offer his daughter, Astrid, to the Matalis instead. An alliance with Matali is every bit as valuable to them as it is to us.”
    Wow. Can I get a pillow so I can take a nap, please? Maybe a sea cucumber? They're squishy. This book has a Glossary, and thank god for it. The first 25% of the book, the first chapter, specifically, is a huge infodump. This world is a fantasy taking place in our world, only underwater. Serafina lives, specifically, around Venice, Italy.

    The info-dumping made my head spin. In the first chapter, we learn about the Terragoggs, the Janicari, the history of the Miromara. The people, her brother, her dad, her cousin, her friends, her uncle, her lady's maid, her instructor, the girls at court, her betrothed, her best friend's brother, her instructor. We learn about the tensions going on between the mer-nations. We learn about the government. We learn about the Dokimi and the history of the merpeople. We learn about the magic and the magic spells and how the Dokimi ceremony works. ALL THAT WITHIN 25% OF THE BOOK. I felt like I was reading a really, really pretty textbook. It's just too much. It's just too much details, at some points. Like I really need to learn about why her uncle used to love her rival Lucia's mother but wasn't allowed to marry her.
    Angry, Vallerio had left Cerulea and spent several years in Tsarno, a fortress town in western Miromara. Portia married someone else—Sejanus Adaro, Lucia’s father. Some said she only married him because he looked like Vallerio with his handsome face, silver scales, and black hair. Sejanus died only a year after Lucia’s birth. Vallerio never married, choosing to devote himself to the welfare of the realm instead.
    It's a beautiful, enchanted world, though. It is so very Disney-like, and it's no wonder...since they're the publisher of this book. Even Serafina's room is a dream come true for any little girl.
    The golden rays warmed fronds of seaweed anchored to the floor. They shimmered in the glass of a tall gilt mirror and glinted off the polished coral walls. A small green octopus that had been curled up at the foot of the bed—Serafina’s pet, Sylvestre—darted away, disturbed by the light.
    The Characters: Surprisingly feminist, for a book that's so fluffy in nature. I really like the main character's personality. She's strong, she's willful, but she's also vulnerable. She fights with her mom over being too Queen-like instead of mom-like, but Serafina knows that she is a princess, and she has to behave like one. Serafina never whines.That’s what her mother would do, and that’s what she would do, too.
    I always disappoint her, Serafina thought, but tonight I won’t. Tonight, I’ll make her proud.Serafina has her moments of weakness, when she just wants to give up...
    “I can’t do it!” she shouted angrily, slapping the water with her tail. She turned to Thalassa, her composure entirely gone. “Tell my mother the Dokimí’s off. Tell her I’m not good enough! Not good enough for her! Not good enough to cast this rotten songspell! And not good enough for the crown prince!”
    But she realizes her errors quickly, and throughout the book, Serafina maintains her maturity. My problem with her character, and that of her friends, is that despite the fact that they are strong feminist characters...there's something lacking in their character development. I like them, but they never feel real to me.

    I love the fact that there are diverse mermaids in this book. There are other underwater kingdoms in this book, including the Japanese, the Antarctic, the Chinese, the Afro-Indian, the Nordic. We have her best friend, a sari-wearing Indian princess, and her new companion, a Chinese linguist mermaid. It's pretty awesome.

    The Romance: Almost nonexistent, but for a very small section in the beginning. This was a surprise! Serafina is betrothed to an (Indian!) prince! She feels jealousy, she feels hurt, but she never allows her feelings for him to overwhelm her when he turns out to be someone different. Best of all, the romance is almost gone for the rest of the book. There is more female friendship than romance in this book.

    The Plot: Another weak point. It has an unnatural flow. This feels like an info-dump and nothing else. The plot goes in all sorts of direction that just didn't really make sense to me. It's book 1 in a series, and I really hope the second book will be better, because there really wasn't much substance to this initial book. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Okay-actual rating is a 3.5.

    This was a decent underwater fantasy-adventure that has potential. And yet for all the good it is, there is also some head-spinning vocabulary.

    Seraphina is the heir the kingdom and her whole life seems set before her before and attack destroys her apparent path. But just before the attack she has a 'dream' of a prophecy she must help with. For she is one of 6 that must save the sea.

    This books word choice and creation had me utterly overwhelmed at first. We are given a lot of made up words, terms, names and places. Seriously, every paragraph seemed to have at least 3 new words. This continues throughout the books but is a little less overwhelming thank goodness. But the beginning was so bad I almost DNFed this. Some were just a play on words (like Merlfriend instead of Girlfriend) . And then others are real words in all sorts of languages! We are given Italian, Qin, Arabic, Brazilian slang, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek...

    It gets worse... we also have several made up languages including Mermish, Dracdemara, Rurus, and more!! You know Scuttle from Disney's The Little Mermaid and how he calls a fork an dinglehopper? Well there is A LOT of that type of wording happening and it leaves us guessing what they are talking about. Sometimes i just gave up and went with it like I would a Dr Seuss book where it just isn't meant to make sense.

    Leaving all that aside, the adventure is quite good. Although I must say the attack on Seraphina's home had me sad. I always put mermaids in a happy place so reading about them dying left a pout on my face. Some of the imagery is pretty like when we hear about Seraphina's room or when they change her look to disguise her.

    Seraphina is a nice mermaid but very insecure to her role. Neela, her best friend and companion, is a stronger character that I really liked. We get other characters including Blu, Ling and many others.

    There is betrayal, death and action...a small dash of romance...loyalty and friends...all mixed together is a Save the World adventure.

    I will read the next one. I am curious how it ends but I do warn new readers, be sure to have patience and focus when you start reading this!

    **Second time going through this started as an audiobook. I hated the narration. Sounded too childish and annoying so I had to switch back to ebook format.** Secriously, had this been my intro to this book-I would have DNFed it. It was awful-please READ it, do not get audiobook!

    *I received a copy of this book from Disney in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.* Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

    Deep Blue by nereyda1003
    Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

    Deep

    What the what what? Jennifer Donnelly is writing a series about MERMAIDS? Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult DNF at 10%.

    The opening was pretty good, but then we meet the protagonist and it's basically The Little Mermaid fan fiction. Serafina's bed is fucking clam shell. She lives in an underwater mermaid city with streets and restaurants and shit, and everything is made of quartz and mother of pearl. She has a pet octopus named Sylvestre.

    But what really did it in for me was her nurse being described has having the legs and torso of a blue crab. TORSO???

    I literally can't. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult 1.5

    Had I liked Deep Blue, I would have tried to sell it to you for its three elements:

    a. Girl Power
    b. Diversity
    c. Puns

    As it so happens, the girl power aspect felt flat and juvenile, the diversity thingy was experienced only once or twice for turbans and saris and it didn't really work, and the puns were disingenuous and stilted. Pooooooh!!!

    Jennifer Donnelly's writing leaves a shitload to be desired. The first few chapters of the story are unbearable. With flinchingly detailed and full of blistering imagery that doesn't really work, it put me on my guard immediately. Paragraphs upon others go on to describe walls and beds and dresses that ended up halting my imagination each time I tried to conjure up a scene to match the story. Interspersed amidst this are pieces of information that seem to be of import but are never impressed upon the reader, moreover presented so spontaneously, it appears awkward. The puns in the writing are funny; however, they appropriate a lot of attention from the story itself. Moreover, there isn't the sense to make it seem part of the world. Rather, I think it was added more to instill humor that it doesn't quite manage to convey as opposed to fitting in with the merworld.

    The world itself is expansive and works well with the current situation and century of ours; humans don't intermingle with mers, but the effects of our lifestyle resonate deep into the merworld. While I would describe it as a thought-out and detailed world, it is incredibly absurd at times as well. Underwater cafes, hats etc- I don't figure how they work underwater. What do they drink? How do their hats stay on- are there threads or whatever? On the other hand, bits regarding magic, why wand isn't preferred but voice is to wield magic and other, showcase in which arena more time and thoughts were put.

    AND the characters. DO I get to whine now? I was so serious earlier. Can I whine pleasepleaseplease? SO half-assed, so un-characterized, so bland. The creatures of Bikini Bottom have more personality. They make better mermaids.



    The dynamics between them were instant and unfeeling; new characters acquainted themselves so well enough that one of our protagonists could almost seeeeee into their souls and dreams and fights. What crap. Conversations, on the part of our(you guessed it)MC's, were unbelievably, hilariously, pathetically half-baked attempts at modern teenage-speak, in especial when they're speaking with each other. I indeed admit that one degenerates in their manner of speaking, when one gets to converse with a long estranged best friend and there's a lot of squealing and giggling and screaming and like and neglection of adverbs, adjectives involved. But NO. This book didn't capture that, nor did it manage to create realistic characters- both princesses, despite what their diction might imply.

    And pooh! Their characterization! No uniqueness or layers to them. No quirks of personality, hell, no personality! Just touching the surface of problems that a character in their position might face- being princesses and all. The obvious problems, that is. Like a collective noun. The abstracts of their personality and worries, frustrations that uniquely identify a character weren't there. Like an ISP! Their ISP was missing. They could be anyone.

    Everything was too instantaneous and prompt, the literary equivalent of the Knight Bus- the one from movies. It squeezes and rushes off and halts suddenly; nothing ever registers not only because it is all so swift, but also because you're jerked around so. fucking. much. In Deep Blue's case, the stead of a blind driver and a bodiless, hanging-headed instructor is filled by the unpolished writing and puns. Our main characters are embroiled in a fight not theirs too suddenly, they accept new personages into their confidence too suddenly, they see into others' eyeeeees too suddenly. Nah-nyah-nah-nyah!



    (I have deep seated issues with conveyance of abstract stuff via eyes. THOSE PLACES ARE MEANT TO STORE DEMONS! GODDAMMIT! If you must, exchange demons when your eyes meet, not meanings and hints and secrets and dreams and hopes and shit.)

    Again(you know it, I know it so let's say it together) Pooh! The entirety of the novel feels too juvenile. And not in the way I like my juvenile books. Way worse. Which is surprising, given I LOVE childish stories, the sillier the better. Yet the adventures aren't exciting or thrilling, new people and places discovered don't ignite even a smudge of curiosity, puns don't make me laugh. Which is surprising, given I LOVE to make lame puns. Also given these puns weren't entirely lame; clever, in fact. Who woulda thunk of Currensea would be the system of money in the merworld?



    I'm not judging Donnelly's other books by Deep Blue and neither should you, if this is/was going to be your first venture into her writing. There are definitely plans for her books and one day(as in, the speculative one day; not when I finish this class, or all my remaining books kind of one day, nor 14th of May 2016 kind of one day) in my non-existential planner.

    Thank you Hachette Children's Books!



    Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult 2.5 stars

    I adore Donnelly. Revolution and A Northern Light are two of my favorite books ever, so I had absurdly high expectations for this novel. When it comes down to it, Deep Blue has a really good and original story, and while I never thought I'd say this about a Donnelly novel, the problem here was not with the content but the execution. The truth is that Deep Blue reads like a silly, immature, cheesy and childish novel for pre-teen girls. While the descriptions are gorgeous and wildly imaginative, the world-building comes as a bit of an info-dump, and the characterization are as stereotyped and simplistic as I would expect from a middle-grade debut novel. The dialogues are childish and slightly over-dramatic, and the overall plot was discordant in its pace: at first it was slow and uneventful, and then it moved way too fast, rarely leaving time to assimilate what was happening. The antagonist is slightly cartoonish, what little romance there is in there is a bit dull and not much of importance to the actual plot happens in the novel. I am disappointed by this book. My extremely high expectations certainly didn't help, but this is just not the book I thought it would be, especially one written by the person who penned such amazing and profound novels like Revolution and A Northern Light. I still respect Donnelly immensely, but it is highly unlikely that I'll continue this series. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult DNF, chapter 4.

    I was sucked in by the beautiful cover.

    Unfortunately, the mermaids here are nothing more than some catty modern teenagers with some words substituted and some generic 'fairytale' elements thrown in.
    Merboys have merlfriends (yes, really) and might swim with a fast crowd.
    They wear gowns, have updos and dye their hair (yes, all underwater.) And above all, apparently, love gossiping. The mer-court seems like a cliquish high school.

    The main character is a mer-princess about to be betrothed and rule the realm, but she doesn't come off as someone raised to wield power at all - instead she's busy whining at her mother Why can't you be a mom instead of a queen (paraphrase).

    At Chapter 4, I'd had enough of it. (And I thought I could perceive a romance on the near-horizon, too.)

    One disappointed mermaid fan, here. Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult