Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review: Lorali by Laura Dockrill

By: Laura Dockrill
Date of Publication: July 2, 2015
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Buy It: Amazon / TBD
Source: NetGalley (Must buy my own!)

"Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

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?"

My Review:

    A whimsical and, yet, dark tale. The rational world we know living unknowingly aside a magical world with mermaids, pirates, and sirens. In this story the innocence of two main characters is juxtaposed with the brutality of the worlds above and below water. I love the prose and the use of three narrators: Lorali, Rory, and the Sea. This was a novel I didn't want to rush. I loved basically everything about this novel. Even in the ending I have hope. 
    A girl washes up on Hastings shore and Rory finds her. He instantly helps her and takes her to his house where he lives with his mother. He knows she is different given that she loves to eat butter, but doesn't realize hours before she was a mermaid. Hours later a group of pirates enter the town looking for her. Rory wants to protect her knowing this coincidence has to happen for a reason. This story takes you to Hastings, England to the Whirl in the sea and to the island home of the Sirens. 
    One tiny down side was that I anticipated the ending so much that the final showdown wasn't given much more detail than was really needed. Even then I wasn't let down that much. Dockrill was great at creating this magical realistic world and adding snark and humor where needed. Everything weaved seamlessly for me. I could probably gush about this book all day really. 


+Lorali: Her one-worded sentences center around the senses. She is in the moment most of the time adjusting to life above water.  
+Rory: A teenage boy who was more worried about starting college and spending time waiting for his dad to return to him and his mom. He is a good guy who wants to do the right thing and protect Lorali.  
+The Sea:  My favorite, with Lorali a close second, narrator! Such sass! It is great outside, but omnipresent, character who was humorous at times. It is through the Sea that we now more about the actions of the side characters.

Other Characters (They are equally as interesting as the narrators):

+Opal Zeal: A mer who keeps relations with the Walkers for Queen Keppel. Her only ties to the Walker world being the Ablegares. 
+The Ablegares: A group of stylish, pampered pirate teenagers who are in search of Lorali. "They are gentlemen. They are proud."
+Queen Keppel: Lorali's mother of the Mer who lives in the Whirl. 
+Flynn and his grandfather Iris: Flynn is one of Rory's best friends and is helpful to him who lives with his grandfather in a Lighthouse. (Iris and Carmine!!!)
+Sirens: A nasty, dirty group of Birdwomen who love the attention of the Ablegares. They eat stranded, unlucky sailors. 

Lasting Impression: 

   The writing is what initially had me excited for this story. Dockrill tells the tale so wonderfully with her prose that creates this magical, realistic world with humor and emotion that is so captivating. You'll want to highlight sentences or paragraphs to admire it. The characters and how she seams the two worlds, above and below water, is well done and enjoyable to read. The trio of narrators helps with telling the story with multiple characters spread out. I believe any age group would enjoy this novel. 

Video Interview by The Book Belle with Laura Dockrill about Lorali:  

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Hot Key Books!


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