Author: Kathryn Lasky
Pages: Hannah (book 1) 336 pages
May(book 2) 328 pages
Lucy (book 3) 312 pages
Summary of Book One: Hannah:
Hannah is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land sickness. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her feet. It's freakish, horrifying . . . and deeply thrilling.
Hannah feels a change coming. But she is not the only one who senses it. A young painter recognizes something in Hannah--a connection with the sea that recalls a secret from his own past. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land--or of the sea.
Book 1: Hannah
The first book in "Daughters Of The Sea" really sparked my interest in reading this trilogy. Hannah is an orphaned girl with a mysterious past, confused about where she came from and why she is shedding salt out of her skin, and growing scales! What I really like about Hannah is that out of the three sisters, she is curious, kind and motherly, but also strong and determined to understand the sudden changes that are taking over her body. What is ironic, and funny about this first book is that Hannah feels like such a freak, but meanwhile, the house she works in is full of odd people! The romance that occurs this book is very sweet, and the end made me want to pick up the second book!
Book 2: May
May's life is slightly different compared to Hannah's. May lives as the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, a life that May finds dull "like a winter's morning." May lives with her mother who is a huge hypochondriac, and her father, who has been the only father figure in May's life. May also has a different personality compared to Hannah. May is strong, fierce and quite clever. She loves to read and learn, which is something women were not supposed to do in the mid-late 1800's. She embraces the change inside of her, sometimes shameful that she is not fully human, but returns to her roots, and wants to seek out where her and her sisters came from. A few romances spark up in this book as well. At times, especially towards the middle and ending I felt this book dragged a bit, but we have more insight into Hannah and May's family.
Book 3: Lucy
I found this book to be the most interesting one in the series. This book focuses more on how Lucy, the third daughter is caught in an adoptive family who is so focused on status that they will do anything to climb the social latter. This book showed how Lucy, like her other sisters is defiant, bold and tells the outright truth, something that was frowned upon for women in the 1800's. The way that this story is written almost reminds me of "The Great Gatsby," because everyone is just focused on their social stature. It was so interesting to read how Lucy longs to escape the social climbing latter, where people only marry for money and status but not for love. Lucy's romance with Phineas reminds me of my own. My parents were skeptical about my boyfriend because he had piercings, but he is a better boyfriend and best friend than any man with money, which is how Lucy sees her relationship as well. The only thing that irked me a bit about this series was how the sisters know they are mermaids deep down, and how they know they can swim, ect. I wish there was more discovery. The unfortunate part is that this isn't the last book in the series, and I am not sure when the author plans on writing a new book! Stay tuned! So far, I give this series (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie