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Mini-Review: Sirena (Donna Jo Napoli)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA, adult
Pages: 210
Publisher: November 1, 2000 by Scholastic Signature / Scholastic Inc.                
ISBN:  9780590383899
Source: library book
Devoured it in one sitting


When Sirena and her sisters sing their siren songs to the sailors on their way to the Trojan War, the men crash their ships upon the rocks. There is one survivor. Sirena defies the goddess Hera by tending his wounds and soon the two are deep in love. But does Philoctetes love Sirena's song, or her soul? And will the pull of honor prove stronger than the bond of love?

I have been searching for this book for a long time. It's out of print, so I was beginning to fear I would never get to read it. How lucky am I that my library had a copy? I fell in instant love.

I thought this was such an original story. Starcrossed lovers, mythology, mermaids. Who could ask for more? I am so glad with the ending. At first I was disappointed, but as I thought about it I realized how beautiful the story really was.

If you're like me and you LOVE mermaid stories, you need to read this one. Plain and simple. It's a super fast read that you won't want to put down.

It's hard to limit my thoughts to a short review for this book. I loved the mythology. I had no idea I would be getting Greek mythology and a mermaid tale. Such a pleasant surprise! Hera makes her vengeful presence known throughout the story. We also get Hercules, Achilles, Paris, and the Trogan War! That's enough to make you clap your hands in glee over. While the mythology element was a sub plot, it was a huge driving force in the story. One of the most original elements would be the origins of mermaids. Very unique!

If you like a side of romance with your fish tales, then you'll love and appreciate this story. I don't know if I can think of any other story that does a better job of capturing the level of devotion and selflessness of true love. And like true love, there is an element of heart ache that occurs. It's inevitable.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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