Splash Into Summer 4: Mermaids Around the World



To help celebrate Splash Into Summer’s 4th year, I’m guest posting over at A Backwards Story. I decided I should post here as well since there are so many amazing mermaid statues around the world to share! 

It’s a pretty well-known fact among my friends that I love all things mer. As they traveled this summer, they sent me some pretty awesome pictures. I absolutely love that so many “local” places feature mermaids too. You don’t have to be near the sea to appreciate the lure of a siren!

1.       Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

While this one is something I found on the net, I still think it’s worth showing. It’s one of my favorite statues. One of the things I love the most about this statue is that it not only has a mermaid, but it also features a MERMAN. Thanks to kuriositas.com for providing the picture. 




2.       Okinawa, Japan

My grandfather was stationed in Okinawa many years ago during his service in the Coast Guard. While I’m pretty sure this statue wasn’t there at that time, I’m glad it is now! You can find this lovely lady on Moon Beach. Thanks to mermaidsofearth.com for the image. 




    


 3.       London, England

Tea, crumpets, royal baby, mermaids? Sounds like your typical trip to England, right? One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square features a pretty
fierce mermaid.




  4.       NYC

Want another reason to visit NYC? How about a mermaid spotting inland? Thanks to my aunt (who lives on her own island in NY) for finding this for me. You can find this statue in Fountain Square at Larchmont Manor.  






5.       Hawaii Mermaid at the Grand Wailea 

I think Hawaii is pretty synonymous with mermaids, or at least it should be. Who couldn’t imagine these beautiful creatures lounging on the white sandy beaches? I’ve got an old friend that travels to Hawaii at least once a year. Check out this lovely she found on her travels!


Cover Reveal: Eventide (Iron Falls #1) by Christine Allen-Riley


Eventide (Iron Falls, #1)
Release Date: 10/2014

Summary from Goodreads:
The driver in a tragic car accident that killed her best friend, Devon Greer is consumed by guilt. When powerful hallucinations convince her that she’s seeing Rachael everywhere, Devon thinks she’s going crazy. But her friend isn’t truly gone.

To save Rachael from the faeries who stole her, Devon must pit herself against the Court of the Sidhe. Once she witnesses the true form of the fey, Devon’s life is in danger—and so are the lives of everyone she loves.

Now, Devon must not only protect herself, but also Jonah Seafort, Rachael’s cousin and the only person Devon can trust to help her. While the Sidhe walk among them, no one is safe…


About the Author
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Review: The Ghost of Graylock (Dan Poblocki)

The Deets:
Audience: Middle Grades
Pages: 258
Publisher: August 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780545402682
Genre: ghosts, mystery, suspense, paranormal
Source: Library book


The Ghost of GraylockDoes an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?

Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.

It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.

As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back.

Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . .




This book is awesome! It is everything that a ghost story should be. I am so glad that everyone else in the book club was too chicken to read this one and it fell to me. 

This cover perfectly captures the eeriness of The Ghost of Graylock. The suspense I felt on some pages was intense. My heart raced and my throat felt tight. It was great! I really did not think a middle grades novel could deliver that much suspense. 

Obviously, the majority of the book centers around a ghost story. That story is pretty crazy. The threads slowly unraveled throughout the book. It was a nice, steady unraveling. I didn't figure out the outcome until a few pages before the characters (big perk).  A+ for plot line and creepiness. 

But what I really liked about this book is the emotional haunting Neil faces that flickers just below the surface. There were many issues with his family that he has to come to terms with, and it's not an easy thing to do. He faces many emotions that children from divorced families face, and he handles those emotions with such believability. I was highly impressed. I read another book on the Sunshine State Reader list for this year that boasted a ghost story/coming of age tale. I did not like that book too much. It felt way too busy for my tastes. However, I think The Ghost of Graylock really hit the mark. 





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