Publisher: Five Mile Press
Release Date: July 2nd, 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Mermaids, Young Adult
Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.
But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
LORALI was an alright book. I liked it, but it never entirely grabbed me. Uni didn’t help. It took me an entire month to read LORALI because of exams and the lack of draw to the book. Don’t get me wrong, there were a number of elements I liked about LORALI but there were a lot of things I felt meh about.
I think my main problem was I never really cared about the characters. Rory was just… boring, underdeveloped. There was nothing that felt unique about his character. His only drive seemed to be daddy issues and caring about Lorali, who was slightly more interesting on account of her backstory and the whole mermaid thing. My favourite character was the sea. Yes, the ocean has POV chapters and these were by far the most entertaining. It was also an incredibly intriguing view point and something I wish had been explored further.
If I had to put a finger on the part of LORALI that irritated me the most it would be the romance. Because I didn’t care about the characters, when they got together and started being all sappy and “oh no I can’t leave the other ever” I couldn’t deal. It was so annoying. Especially since it felt like they had only known each other two maybe three days before they decided they loved each other halfway through the book. This type of romance is a pet peeve of mine. Its saving grace is that it wasn’t straight instalove, which I hate more.
The plot of LORALI was relatively slow paced. Lots of things were happening quickly, particularly in the last half, but I never felt the suspense. Even in the action scenes bits and pieces would be skipped and it didn’t flow as nicely as it could have. There isn’t even that much lore weighing the story down, which I would not have minded because I love LORALI. Fortunately the ending of LORALI featured a twist I never saw coming and that I really liked! If LORALI had settled into the generic ending I was afraid it was heading towards I would have been incredibly disappointed
In a world of mediocre YA mermaid books, LORALI is not the shiny gem we’re looking for. It is an enjoyable read, and the ending was not at all what expected, but it still fell flat for me. I couldn’t connect to the characters and didn’t care for the romance. Granted, this did take me forever to read because of uni, which put me in a negative mood anyway, so there is a high change you might enjoy this more than I did!