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Let s be honest, this book helped me be strong through bullying, with its magical worlds first review Eighth reread Still the same strong feeling of warmth, peace and safenessthis means so much to me I cannot even describe itIt gave me the strength to love myself, and smile again, and it taught me to be brave and hope for the best.And yes, I know this is not a proper reviewSo, I am just going to let a little something in here, that hopefully will make you understand how I feel about this Throu Let s be honest, this book helped me be strong through bullying, with its magical worlds first review Eighth reread Still the same strong feeling of warmth, peace and safenessthis means so much to me I cannot even describe itIt gave me the strength to love myself, and smile again, and it taught me to be brave and hope for the best.And yes, I know this is not a proper reviewSo, I am just going to let a little something in here, that hopefully will make you understand how I feel about this Through the darkest of all times Through the storm and all the tides Through the nightmares, through the pain Your presence, all my fears has slain My savior, my brighest star The light in the darkness, my friend by far Keep me in your pages long But let me still be safe and strong When I return to this messy human world I hope I ll never get bored of this series, no matter how old I grow Mary One of my younger sisters and I discovered this book at the thrift store a few weeks ago, and the gorgeous cover and quirky title intrigued us both I decided to give it a try Since my thoughts on this book are pretty 50 50, I ll start with what I disliked so we can end on a positive note Things I Disliked1 This is a mermaid book, so Neptune a.k.a Poseidon was inevitable He was accurately unpredictable like all characters in mythology are, and it was flippantly mentioned that he had m One of my younger sisters and I discovered this book at the thrift store a few weeks ago, and the gorgeous cover and quirky title intrigued us both I decided to give it a try Since my thoughts on this book are pretty 50 50, I ll start with what I disliked so we can end on a positive note Things I Disliked1 This is a mermaid book, so Neptune a.k.a Poseidon was inevitable He was accurately unpredictable like all characters in mythology are, and it was flippantly mentioned that he had multiple wives Personally, this is not something I like seeing portrayed in a kids book 2 Believe it or not, one of the most normal characters in this book was Mystic Millie , and while it was pretty clear that all her stuff was fake, there were many mentions of auras, reflexology, etc., and a hypnosis session on the main character.3 The main character went around her mom a lot during the story Understandable in this case, but not my favorite theme.4 An adult male makes her feel unsafe and tells her about the circumstances of her birth in a pretty awkward conversation, though I m not sure a middle grade reader would catch what they were talking about view spoiler It s all lies, of course hide spoiler Things I Liked1 The mermaid culture was pretty cool D That s pretty much what I read the book for, and it definitely didn t disappoint Their underground caverns, the descriptions of swimming, even Neptune s court were all fantastic.2 Pretty swishy is my new favorite slang term for something being cool.3 THE SHIPWRECK.4 Merbabies 3 3 35 Shona and Emily s friendship was really fun 6 Emily s dad was the most adorabling, sad, sweet, loving poet ever I believe the scientific term for that is a cinnamon roll.7 Mom and Emily s picnic They had a nice relationship even though it sometimes had its problems.8 Illustrations D9 The backstory I am really trying not to spoil 3Just a note, there were two blasphemies, some use of redacted language, and the word wicked was used to mean cool Also, there was talk of sirens hypnotizing sailors.Best quote The night was crunchy with a million stars, but no moon Aaaaand, I m geeking out because the mom s name is Mary Penelope, and you know what Penelope means Altogether, this was a cute story with some unfortunate content This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The plot idea is interesting a seventh grade girl finds out she s a mermaid when her legs become a tail the first time she s submerged in water for swim lessons but the writing itself is weak unless you like books with manipulative you aren t my friend unless you do this girl talk The speech Emily gives Neptune, the sea god, at the end is suppose to be a moving defense of love and families but came across as trite Neptune, although he does the right thing in the end, was a disappointme The plot idea is interesting a seventh grade girl finds out she s a mermaid when her legs become a tail the first time she s submerged in water for swim lessons but the writing itself is weak unless you like books with manipulative you aren t my friend unless you do this girl talk The speech Emily gives Neptune, the sea god, at the end is suppose to be a moving defense of love and families but came across as trite Neptune, although he does the right thing in the end, was a disappointment too I guess I expectfrom my gods than individuals who get blustery over being addressed as sir I understand that the author might be trying to show his imperfections, but how can someone be a god, when they re just as petulant as the seventh grader who s lecturing them The final straw for me was when the author described Emily s height Would it really have been THAT hard for the author to look at a measuring tape before describing their 7th grade heroine as three feet eight inches tall My first graders are taller than that I gave it 2 stars for concept and an overall positive message about families, but the book was predictable, whiny, and not one that I plan to read any sequels to It s amazing how a book can immediately transport you back to childhood. Very, very cute book about a girl who, at the age of twelve, has never been fully immersed in water Although she lives on a house boat, her mother is deathly afraid of water so Emily s never been swimming The boat is so small there s no room for a bathtub When she finally takes swimming lessons in school, low and behold she discovers she s a mermaid Well, sort ofshe s got legs when she s out of water, and a tail when she s immersed in water.Emily is especially endearing because she s alwa Very, very cute book about a girl who, at the age of twelve, has never been fully immersed in water Although she lives on a house boat, her mother is deathly afraid of water so Emily s never been swimming The boat is so small there s no room for a bathtub When she finally takes swimming lessons in school, low and behold she discovers she s a mermaid Well, sort ofshe s got legs when she s out of water, and a tail when she s immersed in water.Emily is especially endearing because she s always been a bit of an outsider She doesn t have a best friend, and doesn t quite fit in with the girls in her school When she finally finds a mermaid best friend it s so endearing it s almost embarassing.There s a pretty sappy, unrealistic ending, but what are you gonna do I mean, she s a mermaid after all You don t read a girly mermaid book without expecting some unrealistic sappy ness.I actually listened to this one and I highly recommend it The narrator is convincing as a pre teen, and she s got a wicked British accent Or should I say swishy A fascinating book about a girl who discovers herself is a mermaid, and she explores the secrets of her life. |READ EBOOK ♪ The Tail of Emily Windsnap ⚈ 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 Read this book to my 7 year old daughter Had been really looking forward to reading it, ordered it from the library, as there are follow up novels to this which we were hoping to enjoy too I am giving this book allowances for the fact that it is a children s book, and as such is geared towards and written for a young, unsophisticated audience.It was bad, bad, bad I was absolutely bored to tears with the dreary, thoroughly unlikeable, two dimensional characters, and the erratic and moronic b Read this book to my 7 year old daughter Had been really looking forward to reading it, ordered it from the library, as there are follow up novels to this which we were hoping to enjoy too I am giving this book allowances for the fact that it is a children s book, and as such is geared towards and written for a young, unsophisticated audience.It was bad, bad, bad I was absolutely bored to tears with the dreary, thoroughly unlikeable, two dimensional characters, and the erratic and moronic behaviour of the main character, Emily The plot was repetitive, flat and ridiculous and the whole process of plodding through this book was draining and exhausting.I have never been so glad to get to the end of a book My daughter didn t enjoy this book either, even though I tried to keep my irritation and boredom to myself Our tastes veer towards thedark, weird and funny.On a positive note, when reading aloud, we hugely enjoyed making dolphin noises whenever those dreadful mermaids spoke, to liven them up a bit, and break the monotony of their endless, shallow nonsense We also discussed at length how unkind they were to one another, and how selfish they were, eg Emily emotionally blackmailing Shona to take her on a huge, tiring journey to see her father in Mermaid prison, telling her that if she was really a best friend, she would do it for her illustrating and condoning some very disturbing and manipulative behaviour I ve read this book twice, and I still love it Geared towards middle grade readers, it tells the story of a girl who discovers that she s half human, half mermaid, and her adventures that follow It s a classic for me Wowser I stumbled upon this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and have been quickly turning pages ever since Hold onanother British author who writes youth fiction that is both fun AND intelligent How have I missed these books by Liz Kessler This, the first Emily Windsnap book, was published a decade ago While this book was written for children, it captivated this grown up to the point of needing to know NOW It is a rare book that delivers both suspense and satisfaction in this day and Wowser I stumbled upon this book at Barnes and Noble yesterday and have been quickly turning pages ever since Hold onanother British author who writes youth fiction that is both fun AND intelligent How have I missed these books by Liz Kessler This, the first Emily Windsnap book, was published a decade ago While this book was written for children, it captivated this grown up to the point of needing to know NOW It is a rare book that delivers both suspense and satisfaction in this day and time when making a statement or being artistically significant seems to beimportant to authors than entertainment Don t get me wrong, this story delivers some important lessons, but not at the expense of the savory enchantment that fills its pages If you have reading girls in your life, they will love this book and be begging you for the sequels If you have little girls who are not yet ready for chapter books, this would be a read aloud experience to cherish If you have reluctant readers who need encouragement, this might just be the one that hooks them Hooks is the perfect word for this book about the sea and life therein I won t spoil the story be telling youSimply put if the pieces of your life do not quite seem to fit, there might beto the picture To my adult friends, if you love a good fairy tale, do yourself a favor and read this charming book You might just find yourself huddled under the covers with a flashlight as you are once again transported by childhood fantasies that are still living deep within your grown up facade That s what happened to me