Originally posted 2016-08-13 12:00:16.
The Mermaid’s Sister is some of the most cliched garbage I have ever read. Carrie Anne Noble is weakly grasping at J.K. Rowling’s coattails, yet the world that Noble has drafted pales in comparison to the vibrant and alluring world of Harry Potter. YA authors need to abandon this quest to revise Twilight and Harry Potter, or merge them into some unholy hybrid. It just doesn’t work.
Set in 1870, The Mermaid’s Sister is told from the perspective of Clara, a weak and needy teenager who is jealous of her adopted sister and has the hots for her adopted brother. All three “siblings” were found on doorsteps or under trees or whatnot, and are being raised by a kindly old lady and her boo. Clara’s sister was found in a seashell, and now that she is hitting adolescence, she is gradually morphing into her true mermaid self. Clara and O’Neill (her “brother”) decide to take a roadtrip to get Maren to the ocean, and they face multiple yawn-inducing obstacles along the way.
Most of my issues with The Mermaid’s Sister can be summed up in the following excerpt:
I [Clara] pinch my arm hard, punishing myself for my continued foolishness, for feeling so unsisterly toward my almost-brother. For being stupid enough to think he could ever choose me over Maren. My brown hair and eyes and regular features are perfectly unremarkable. She was always the pretty and charming one, and now in her mermaid state, she is glorious beyond words. What man could resist? Indeed, aren’t mermaids supposed to be irresistible, capable of luring sailors to their deaths?
Take a minute to wipe the vomit from your mouth. I cringe at the thought of young girls reading this crap. Clara is a ripoff of Isabella Swan and her plagiarized version, Anastasia Steele – two female characters that never, under any circumstances needed to be recreated. “Oh, I’m so plain, how could any boy ever fall for little old me?” Ughhhh. Clara spends the entirety of the novel pining over O’Neill, who she believes to be infatuated with Maren the mermaid. Shocker, it turns out that he loved Clara all along, so they dump Maren into the ocean with King Trident or whatever Little Mermaid wannabe the king of the merpeople is, and then they promptly get married. Clara has claimed to love Maren with all of the sisterly love he has in her plain little heart, but seems all too eager to get rid of her so she can have O’Neill all to herself. What kindof antiquated bologna is this?
The Mermaid’s Sister is the type of Young Adult novel that gives the genre a bad name. It is nothing more than a badly executed mockery of established and skilled YA authors. Read J.K. Rowling. Read John Green. Don’t ever under any circumstances read Stefanie Meyer, and don’t bother with Carrie Anne Noble.