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Stacey O'Neale

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Daughters of the Sea #1: Hannah - Kathryn Lasky This review was completed by Camille Morales, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.This Book is about a girl named Hannah, who is an orphan. She spent all of her life in an orphanage up until she turns 14—or 15, I think. Anyway, she starts working as a scullery maid in the house of this really rich family. There are things happening to Hannah, things that have to do with the sea. She’s inexplicably drawn to it, and some things happen that end up making her discover who she really is. And then she’s told that soon she’ll have to make a choice—to stay in land or to stay in sea. I thought this book was cute. It was a fast read, kind of cute and all. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t dislike it, either. I just…enjoyed it. I read it quickly. But sometimes I felt the story went on too slowly, and there was really no plot. This, in my opinion, is more of a middle grade book. Also, if you’re very young and new to YA, you might enjoy (enjoy, not LOVE) this book. It was set in 1899, and that may be why I didn’t like it as much. The way she thinks sometimes…I didn’t like it. I DID like, however, some of the characters. And none of the characters I really liked where Hannah. They were Ettie, the youngest kid in the family, and Daze, one of the servants. I liked the whole staff. I didn’t really like the painter. I didn’t like Lila or Hannah all that much, but Hannah was okay. I absolutely HATED Lila (the older kid). Um, yeah. I liked most of the characters, and the setting was cool, and the storyline was sort of good. In a way. It was just…it could get boring at times. There wasn’t enough dialogue at times. But it was a short (the letters are big) and cute read. I give it a 3/5 stars, and I recommend it to younger readers and any other YA and MG readers who want to give it a try.