Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher’s Description: Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled—powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.
Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.
Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.
As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn’t know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.
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Luna Lovebooks says…
What I liked: I have to shout out on the cover first. It is so beautiful! I’m not gonna lie, if I hadn’t read the first one, the covers would draw me in and have me pick up the books!
I love that it is a direct continuation of Deep Blue and (for the most part) is detailing Sera and Neela’s adventures as they each travel back to their own kingdoms and the trials along their ways. There was a bit more character development in this novel as we see the girls go from the naïve princesses they were to making their own decisions, as well as finding their own ways out of the scrapes they find themselves in.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like the fact that there was a lot of “teen speak” in this novel. Throwing it out there every now and then is ok, even if it’s just to remind us that the characters are teens, but a lot of it can distract from the story. The pacing in this one is a little dizzying. It can go from fast to slow in a matter of seconds.
Overall I like this book almost as much as the first and give it 4 seastars.
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