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Monday, July 18, 2011

Blog Comeback! In the Mood For...Mondays #1

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

At long last, my blog is being revived! *throws confetti* I know that I was supposed to be making this announcement last Monday, but I was so sick that my brain could not muster any creativity whatsoever. So, today is the day I am launching my new meme, called In the Mood For...Mondays! ITMFM is a weekly feature on Lit Castle in the Clouds in which I give book recommendations for a variety of literary cravings (such as fairies, mermaids, verse books, drama, etc.) Usually I will include three or four different books to whet your appetite. Feel free to use it, just as long as you give credit to Maiden Myth and link back to Lit Castle in the Clouds!

Today, Lit Castle in the Clouds is in the mood for....


I have always loved mermaids above every other mythical creature (although, when I was younger, I was obsessed with fairies!), and now I am thrilled to see that mermaids are getting the spotlight in books and movies this year! Most of the mermaid novels that I have read are sweet, fun, and totally addictive! Here are a few that I recently enjoyed, with synopses:

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (YA)

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid--she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems--like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher--but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type--the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Although it was a predictable read, the writing was wonderful! It was bubbly and whimsical, and I became easily endeared to the cast of characters.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (MG)

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery - about her own identity, the mysterious father she's never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident - an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.

The captivating imagery of mermaid lore in this novel is beautiful, and extra points for this novel being British! I adore the snappy wit of Liz Kessler's writing. This book is the first in a four-book series (the fifth is coming out next year!) I suggest that you check out them all. : )

Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale by Gillian Johnson (MG)

Thora's no ordinary girl. She's got scales on her legs, purple feet, and a blowhole that squirts water from the top of her head. Thora's a half-mermaid. And as mermaid law commands, Thora must spend ten years at sea and ten years on land. In a houseboat called the Loki, Thora sails the seas with her mermaid mother, Halla, and guardian, Mr. Walters. But following her tenth birthday, Thora heads to the seaside town of Grimli, where her father grew up.
In Grimli, fat-cat tycoon Frooty de Mare will stop at nothing to expand his Tooty Frooty Enterprises. With the help of new friends and her pet peacock, Thora has her work cut out thwarting Frooty's evil plans — not to mention doing a bit of exploring into her own Grimli roots.

This novel is reminiscent of Liz Kessler and Roald Dahl's work. It's a light, quick read, but I adored its charming tone.

I hope that you will check out these books and enjoy them as much as I did! That's all for today-I will also be posting on Wednesdays and Fridays, in addition to Mondays, with the occasional review and contest. I'd tell you what's in store for the next Monday meme, but I think I'll keep it a surprise. : )

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

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