2.5 out of 5 Stars *PLEASE READ MY THOUGHTS!*
A tragic accident on the eve of her eighteenth birthday leads Princess Erica to a chance encounter with a mysterious man on the beach. When he turns up at her birthday party and whisks her off her feet, she knows she has to find out everything about him, but why won’t he speak and where does he keep disappearing to?
Ari knows he’s crossed a line by mingling with the land humans, but how can he resist the beautiful princess whose life he saved? He must decide whether to stay on land and become like her, or continue to live without her in the depths of the ocean.
Trapped in a centuries long battle between his kind and hers, his decision will rock both their kingdoms.
With a sea witch that needs repaying and the small matter of Erica’s engagement to someone else, Ari knows the odds are stacked against him.
Dark Water is the fourth in the Reverse Fairytale series and the first Little Mermaid retelling by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.
I always try to read everything with an open mind. Even if it isn’t quite my type of book I try my best to be open minded and look for the good and bad with an objective eye. I will say right now that I just think that this book was a little too tough for me to do that.
I was almost tempted to not even put a rating…. but, this is my blog and I still have a right to my opinion, even if the book wound up not being my thing.
This book was RIFE with tropes. I’m usually fine with YA novels, I actually really enjoy them. But, this seemed like a YA novel written by a young adult. And, NO. I am NOT saying that young adults can’t write. I have met many young people who are WILDLY talented. This was just one of those insta-love trope, meets love triangle (square?) trope, meets so many other tropes I’ve lost count all crammed into a reverse Little Mermaid that seems to be trying too hard to be The Little Mermaid.
There was quite a bit of awkward phrasing in the book that added to the juvenile feel of the writing,
“My mother sighed and began again as if her keeping talking would somehow change my mind.”
“Funnily Enough, marriage didn’t seem so ludicrous when he was in my mind.”
….FUNNILY??? Ok. I know it’s a proper word…But, I hate it. I HATE IT SO MUCH.
“The writing was scruffy, almost as if a child had written it, and yet, I knew it was his writing. It was strange how someone as well dressed as he would write so scruffily.”
I just feel as though the phrasing could have been cleaned up a little.
Now, in saying this, I feel like there may be people out there who really enjoy this story (although, I also wish I could have given some input into the end of the book! I think that it could have been ended earlier and gone in a different direction that could have kept me reading the rest of the series!!). I wanted to put up the disclaimer just so people out there knew WHY I gave it the rating I did, because the reasons may be exactly why other people love the book!
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Endless Winter is a unique story that takes place in a beautiful world. J.A. Armitage’s writing is lyrical and almost poetic. Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite
I devoured this book like a rich box of chocolates. Sara C Roethle