by Andy Mulberry
This short book wasn’t about mermaids unfortunately. It was about hunting a mystical something that was putting some charms on people which made them grow mermaid tails, amongst other things. If my summary sounds vague, it’s because that is all I remember despite only just finishing it. The writing felt stilted, the story didn’t really get going until around 60%-70% of the way through the book, and I just couldn’t find myself caring about the characters. If you are looking for a book about mermaids, this one isn’t it. It does have magic and unexpected events, all of which might have been much more exciting if I had been able to like the characters more. Having said all that, I did make it through to the end, there are some interesting potential themes which I could see being explored in future books, and the text itself is simple to read for younger teen readers.