Well. I didn’t really enjoy myself while reading this book. The only way I can summarise this story is that it is about mermaids. If you’re into that kind of jazz then maybe this book will be right up your alley. I thought I was interested enough in mermaids so I thought, “Why not give it a shot?”.
After I finished the book, I still didn’t really know what the whole point of the story was. I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters. The concept of the underwater world felt incredibly murky ( 😉 ) due to a lack of descriptions and explanations. There was also nothing that made me want to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. Pity because I feel like the story had so much potential. 😦
One interesting point about the book though, is that it is written with 3 perspectives, like The Serpent King. In it, we follow Rory, Lorali and The Sea. Yes, The Sea. It’s actually pretty interesting the way she used it. In the beginning I thought it was pretty pretentious, but after I finished the book, I saw that there was a good reason why.
If you’re interested in reading this book, please don’t let me dissuade you, there are plenty of people who have really liked it, I’m just not one of them. Oh well, time for my spoilery rant.
Here are some links to the author’s website if you’d like to find out more about her or her work: http://www.lauradockrill.co.uk/
SPOILER DISCUSSION ALERT – PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Rory to Lorali after knowing her for 5 hours. (Heyyyy what an appropriate gif, what with her being sopping wet and all)
Sooooo, hello again. You might not know this, but I have recently been hyper-aware of the insta-love thing going on in all these books I’m reading. I kid you not, it’s kind of driving me nuts.
This was the biggest most glaring thing that stuck out to me in Lorali. The story takes place over the course of, I think, 1-2 days? And by the first night Rory and Lorali are already enamoured with each other. For instance, they are constantly staring at each other, “while the other isn’t looking”. That typical lovey-dovey new couple stuff… you know what I mean. Slowly though, these gazes turn into internal monologue declarations of undying devotion to each other. I mean really? They’ve only just met and they’ve decided that they’re NUMERO UNO in each others’ hearts. “My Rory!” “My Lorali!” Ok I might be making this up at this point, but you get my drift. It’s just a little hard to believe, that you could fall so hard so fast. In a few hours. Seriously. Now I’m just ranting but I feel like there were so many other things that deserved more attention. Everytime it got exciting, I would be rudely reminded that “they would die for each other” and “whoever hurts the other will pay sorely.”
Ahem, but that may be just me being an overly sensitive piece of unicorn poopoo. Moving beyond that, I previously mentioned the 3 POVs in the story. Although the use of the sea’s perspective was interesting, sometimes the switching was jarring. For instance when we find out ermm… [the friend who isn’t Elvis’s grandpa] knows about Lorali, we have a minor “wut” moment. O.o Immediately after that the chapter ends and we switch over to the sea’s perspective. So, we only find out what happens after the perspective cycles back to that of the humans. I just find it a little weird pacing-wise.
The plot wasn’t introduced very well. (Disclaimer: Not an expert, just my thoughts) As I’ve said before, even after I finished reading the book I still wasn’t sure what the whole point of it was. Maybe it was because I was skimming it a little. But at the beginning, when I wasn’t as frustruated with it, I couldn’t find any reason why I should continue reading. There was no visible tension or “push” for the plot. Lorali is washed up on the beach as a human. So what? We see the mer people underwater in flashbacks. So what? What’s the problem with her becoming human? (Answer: Her mum is worried and is threatening to wreck the place to find her. Meh.) Is this a normal thing? (Answer: No it isn’t. Ok on hindsight that was me being dense.) But the question that was constantly on my mind was: “Why should I care? They are in no immediate danger.” Okay, I suppose Rory’s mum could have caught him with a naked girl and he’d be grounded. Fine but who cares. I don’t. And maybe that is the crux of the problem. Maybe I couldn’t connect with the characters, maybe the introduction wasn’t done too well.
Carrying on with the theme of questions: What is a tapestry? (Answer: Their tail.) This was revealed later but it sure made me super confused for a while because it seemed like a curtain sometimes and a tail at other times. I’m being a little petty here, but this lack of description was frustrating.
[Sorry it ends so abruptly here because I actually left this post in the drafts for too long and now I’ve forgotten most of the book. I’m still going to post this because the first part is complete and I’d love to look back on this in future. Thanks so much for reading!]