October 26, 2012

My Friday Review: Sprite

Title: Sprite : Annabelle's Story Part One
Author: Leigh Michael
My Rating: 5 conch
Buy At: Amazon,Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads: Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh. She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind. With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?
The Review:
As you may recall, I put off reading any other type of mermaid/selkie/sprite stories while writing my own. But now I can sit back and fully enjoy them. And enjoy Sprite, I did. I think I read this book in two days - simply because I didn't want to put it down. Leigh has created a magical (and totally different) world for her water creatures, and I loved it. Her writing flowed well, the characters were believable, and I like where the story is going. Annabelle is a teenage girl with plans (love that!) until she discovers what she really is. Leigh did a nice job of flushing out Annabelle's new world, and although she accepted it rather quickly, I think that just goes to show how mature Annabelle is for someone her age. Adrian is a complete, well planned character and I look forward to seeing him more. I had my suspicions about Blake, and wanted to learn more - but have a feeling I will in the second book. If the writing style and world building don't draw you in, then the cliffhanger at the end will have you begging for more!

The Good: Sprite was a nicely paced, entertaining read that will keep you enthralled. The magical world alone is a bonus, plus I have to give Leigh props for incorporating some of the scientific names into her character types!

The Issue: It was a little hard for me to wrap my mind around Annabelle's swimming and breathing underwater and keeping it on par with the other creatures who were better adapted. But then I told myself to stop being so scientific and enjoy the story for what it is - a great story!

The Rating: 5 conch. A really great start in a series about all water creatures. I've already started Kin (Book Two!)

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