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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Follow Friday + Week 5 of Mermaid Summer Reading Challenge

Welcome to Week 5 of the Mermaid Lit Summer Reading Challenge! Below is my review for this week. If you have one of your own, feel free to link up with us and be sure to visit the others to see what they thought of their reads for this week! You may join the challenge anytime you like. See rules HERE. (Follow Friday below!)

The mermaid book I read this week is called Fathomless by Jackson Pearce. This is the first book I've ever read by Pearce, though I have her other two fairy tale retellings on my TBR list. 

And I gotta say, I LOVED this book!

I've been so impressed with the mermaid books I've read lately. So far they've all been creative, well-written takes on the legend. I've also been impressed at how well the authors incorporate aspects of the true mermaid legend that those who are only familiar with the Disney version wouldn't know, like that mermaids are supposed to get a human man to fall in love with them in order to win themselves a soul.

Well, this book went above and beyond. Pearce has a style of writing that is full of emotion. She hooks you right around the heart and makes you feel for the characters. More than any of the other mermaid books I've read, I was so invested in this story! Once I got to 2/3 of the way through it, I simply couldn't stop reading, and my heart really hurt for the characters.

This is written in a unique way as well. We get POVs from three characters, though its really only two people. I'm not gonna tell you why. It's a unique take on the mermaid legend that I couldn't even begin to explain, but whatever you're thinking from what I just said, I guarantee its more complicated than that.

And the climax of the story was so epic! Not only was plot and the action and the emotion at a high point, but there was a hurricane happening. The wind was blowing, people were shouting to be heard, there were monsters. It was fabulous! 

Anyway, can't wait to get my hands on Pearce's other novels now because if they're all as good as this one, she may just be my new favorite author of fairy tale retellings.

Has anyone else read Pearce? What do you think of her? (Remember to link up below if you have a mermaid review this week. :D)

***Hey Everyone, I have a new email form for those who would like to follow via email. Those who follow via email will get my short story, The Hatching, which usually sells on Amazon for $0.99 for FREE! If you are currently following via GFC, will you follow via Linky, Networked Blogs or email anyway? Thanks a ton! Happy Friday!*** 

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Q: Activity: Spine Poetry. Create a line of poetry with your book spines (take a picture). Not feeling creative? Tell us about your favorite poem.

Fun question! These are some print books I've had stacked on my shelf for months (save the two mermaid titles which are relatively new) but haven't gotten to yet. So here's my poem (Disclaimer: I've never claimed talent in poetry!)

The name of the wind,
The fatal shore,
The first king of Shannara.
Insurgent, fathomless mirage.
Blood meridian?
Only time will tell.

How did everyone else do with their poems?


  1. Hi, I'm Nova! You probably haven't heard of me. I'm going out of my way to be more social (@NovaBlogder on twitter... Trying to tweet more.) That being said...

    I really like your poem. It really goes together well and if I didn't know it was spine poetry, I would've been like: "Edgar Allan Poe, is that you?"

    My feature... Don’t forget to follow!
    - Nova @ Musings of a Blogder

    1. Wow, thanks! What a compliment. I'll make sure to follow you back. :D Happy Friday!

  2. Hi following thru from Parajunkie's follow friday.
    New follower, u can follow me back at "SnowRavyn's Reviews"

    1. Sure thing! Thanks so much Snow. Have a great weekend! :D

  3. OOoh that's another good one!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  4. That's awesome Liesel! I think you do have talent! And I love hopping around this week, it's awesome to see so much creativity :)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier.

    Have a fantastic Friday.

  5. Great poem! Have a nice weekend :) Old follower!
    -Scott Reads It!

  6. Nice! These are so cool. I loved yours. XOXO - PJ

    1. I agree--this was such a fun question! Loved yours too. :D

  7. I really like this weeks question. I had fun running around making mine! I like yours it seems to have good flow to it :)

    Old follower though I did follow via email too though now :)

    Here's My FF

    Amber @Paradise of Pages

  8. Just blogging by, nice poem.


  9. Forgot to say - I'm already a GFC follower, but added Networked Blogs as well.

  10. I like the poem. :)

    I'm not a very creative person, but I did post an excerpt of my favorite poem here: http://readingismytreasure.blogspot.com/2013/06/feature-and-follow-friday-1.html

    I followed by GFC and email. I've been wanting to try reading short stories lately because I never read them and I want to try something new.

  11. Great post! New GFC & Twitter follower :)

    Here's our FF @ The Demon Librarian

  12. So cool! It seems like you wrote it without book titles. :) Old follower :D
    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

  13. I like your poem!

    New follower. :)

    My FF: http://betteringmeup.blogspot.com/2013/06/fff1.html

  14. I like your poem. It makes a lot more sense than mine :)

    New GFC follower :)

    My FF

  15. Cool Poem and I love all the pretty spines!

    New Follower!

    My FF

    La'Mecia @RottenAppleReads

  16. Great poem and I just LOVED Insurgent :) I'm a new GFC and email follower :)

    Meredith (@MeredithRaeJ)
    Meredith’s Musings

  17. I love it! Your much better at it than me! Check out my FF
    Elizabeth @ Stuffed Shelves

  18. Hi I'm new to blogging and following thru from Parajunkie's follow friday.

    I did do all this on Friday, but stupid me accidentally went and deleted the wrong blog, I lost everything...so here I am starting all over again from scratch... :(

    You can follow me back at "SnowRavyn's Reviews"