Monday, May 23, 2011

Sirena Review

...and a bottle o'rum: Schedule
a virtual event
with pirates all about
happening all of may 2011
be at the ready
Hosted by vvb32 reads

For this event I read and reviewed
By Donna Jo Napoli
In Donna Jo Napoli's beautiful prose, the tragic love story between a mermaid and a mortal comes to life for young readers. When Sirena meets Philoctetes, Hercules' friend, she falls in love. But the young warrior must return home to fight the Trojan War and leave his magical love behind.

 Icon and Art by Selina Fenech

My Review
Sirena is a sweet enchanting read of a mortal mermaid that wants to become immortal, but to become immortal she must lure a sailor with her hypnotic alluring song and make him love her. Tragedy strikes her and her sisters when they attempt to lure 2 ships. The ships and many of the sailors meet their watery grave, with only 19 surviving and dying on the little island due to the lack of fresh water, they blame the mermaid vixens and kill one of the sisters. The pod attempts to lure a second ship and Sirena is distressed and doesn't want to kill anymore men for her to gain her immortality. She leaves her sisters and comes to the island Lemnos. A man Philoctetes is left for dead after he is cursed by Hera. Sirena feels sympathy for the man and is lonely for companionship, she vows she will save him and not sing to him. A great love develops between the two of them and Sirena learns what is means to truly love regardless of differences and the inevitability of his mortality and her immortality. This is not your Disney Little Mermaid story of a perfect Happy Ever After, nor the completely tragic original Hans Christian Anderson version, but a blend of both happiness and sadness (minus the getting legs part).

If you love reading all mermaid stories, you must read this book. This book is a re-read for me, I love all of Donna Jo Napoli's books. She is ingenious in creating a new different version of traditional fairy tales, but still keeping in the theme of old fairy tales for they aren't always perfect and can be kinda dark.

Would you love to read this book? 
I am going to pass on my lovingly read copy of Sirena and my handmade ribbon beaded bookmark to one lucky winner
US only
ends Sunday May 29th
To enter just leave a comment telling me what your favorite mermaid story is?
Don't forget to leave an email or way to contact you
Winner is mamabunny13 

A few other mermaid stories I have read are
The Goddess of the Sea by PC Cast
The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe
The classic Hans Christian Anderson tale is always a good one

I haven't read too many mermaid stories although there are a few others that I want to read.



vvb32 reads said...

nice post. LOL - minus the getting legs part.

Vivien said...

I really enjoyed The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan

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carolsnotebook said...

I haven't read anything by Napoli yet.

My favorite mermaid story? I have to admit I like Disney's Little Mermaid. I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Jo said...

Nice post! I just read Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon and loved it. :)

Jo @

SusieBookworm said...

Favorite mermaid...I'd have to go with Disney's because, sadly, I haven't read any mermaid books! (Though this one and Turgeon's are on my TBR list as soon as I get a copy.)

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Samantha said...

I have to pick a favorite mermaid story? D: I'd have to go with the original Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson. I just love how beautiful and tragic it is. But then again, I also love the story of Melusine. Can I pick two favorites? XD

heykiddego said...

My favorite mermaid story is the now classic film Splash!

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Shellie - Layers of Thought said...

No favorite mermaid story yet - working on it. In fact I don't think I have read one mermaid book... pathetic I know.
Cheers for the giveaway!
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AimeeKay said...

Sorry to say I haven't read a lot of mermaid stories. Though I did read one recently Alice at Heart. That one was good. I have to say my favorite mermaid story though is the movie Splash.

mamabunny13 said...

Serinna will be my very first mermaid story! I'm very excited about this giveaway :)
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Alex said...

My fav mermaid story has to be Little Mermaid! hahaha thanks
for the giveaway :)

krysykat said...

Great review. My favorite mermaid story is "The Fisherman and his Soul" by Oscar Wilde.


TheGirlOnFire said...

My favorite is Siren by Tricia Rayburn. It's also one of the few I have read, I need more mermaid books!

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dlynnpen said...

I would love to read this book!!!Sounds like a perfect twist of a fairytale with a few dark clouds.