Author: Jennifer Donnelly.
Published: May 6th 2014 by Disney Press.
Sort: Waterfire saga #1.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.
Serafina is the daughter of Queen of Miromara. She must perform a Songspell to prove she will be the next Queen. But of course things don’t go according to plan; her mother is hit by a poisoned arrow and Serafine must flee with her best friend whose name I already forgot. They run, get captured, are saved, run some more, bladiebla. The purpose of this book was in the end that Serafine is one of the six to stop a monster from breaking loose into their world.
The main problem was my disconnection with the story and therefore the characters. We are thrown right into the story, which doesn’t have to be a problem, but the author is trying TOO hard to create an unique world. I was drowning in a sea of confusion by all the details and information. Instead of being wrapped into the story, I couldn’t give a single fuck (sorry for the language.) I wish she used all those names, places, food and whatever she was talking about, with more care. It could have turned out into a good world-building, but I ended up skipping everything hoping for the plot to kick in.
Serafina is like the story, boring. She isn’t such a bad character, but there was nothing special about her and I didn’t care about her fate. She is also in constant need of guidance and support; I expected her to have more strength. Her best friend was more interesting, but apparently not memorable because I seriously can’t remember her name.. Prince Mahdi was hardly mentioned in the book, but the things I saw about him disappoint me. What I did like was the fact that there is no romance in this book. I was already waiting for insta-love or a love-triangle, but there is none. Serafina is actually quite smart when it comes to protecting her heart and she is realistic in her feelings for Mahdi.
Throughout the story I was hoping for action or spectacular magic. The middle part wasn’t exciting at all. It became more interesting when Serafina and the six girls arrive at the witches, but that is where the book comes to an ending. It almost feels like this book is a prequel or a step-up for the true story.