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Stacey O'Neale

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May - Kathryn Lasky This review was completed by Camille Morales, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.This book is about a girl named May who lives in Maine. She’s never gone swimming—her parents forbid her from it—but she really wants to, because the sea ‘calls’ to her. She’s also really smart and loves to read, but her mother (who I really hate, by the way) finds it strange and doesn’t like it. May wants to be independent. She doesn’t want to take care of her ‘sick’ mother (Did I mention I hate her?). There’s a guy named Rudd, however, that likes her, but he doesn’t like how smart and independent she is (he’s kind of cocky, but not in the good Jace Wayland way, people). After her fifteenth birthday, she decides to ignore the rules and makes some life-changing discoveries. And then she goes and swims and realizes she’s a mermaid. She reads books she shouldn’t be reading and sneaks out to swim. She falls in love with a guy named Hugh (who is an astronomy student and likes May for who she is) and he falls in love with her, too. But then Rudd, who’s become an obsessive stalker, decides than he’s the only one that can have her. I liked this book. I enjoyed it. I didn’t really get into it, because (for me) it’s not the kind of book I can get into and love. I liked May more than I liked Hannah (who appears in this book, by the way). I liked how she developed more than Hannah did. But the romance was overdone. The language the guy, Hugh, uses is not for me. Meh. I don’t know. Like, this book was a simple read. The writing is simple. However, there is more character development here than in the previous book, Hannah. As for the plot, it’s the same as in Hannah—a girl finding out she’s a mermaid and all that—but Hannah appears as May’s sister, and that was, uh, interesting. I liked the characters here a lot, except I missed some of the maids who worked with Hannah in the first book. Yeah. I didn’t like some characters, but I liked Gar and May and I loved Ettie’s appearance. Also, I thought Rudd would’ve made a great love interest if he had been sane. But yeah. The characters in this story—well, mostly Gar and May—developed more than the ones in Hannah did, and their development was for the best. I would’ve liked to see Rudd and Zeeba (May’s mom) develop, though. Too bad they didn’t.Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a cute read. I give it a 3/5 stars, and I recommend it (again) to those who’ve read Hannah and want to know what happens next. I recommend this series to those who are looking for a cute mermaid read, nothing heavy at all. If you’re looking for a dark mermaid book or something more YA-like, this is not the book for you, in my opinion. But younger readers may enjoy this series.