Antaraby Marilena Mexi
Peace and tranquility on the island of Aster, home to both humans and 'merfolk', has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon, recurring every five years. A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population. The misunderstandings, suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart, and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never-ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island. On the human side, things are even worse; under the tyranny of cruel king Orestis, the people suffer and all their king cares for is vengeance against the "fish", as he spitefully calls them, executing merfolk after merfolk for just being near his lands. Secrets, intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives forever.
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- 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.38(d)
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I love mermaid tales! And this book had so much great adventure in it. I love that it had to do with Evil vs. Good. I also adored that it no matter what bad things happen to you in life, it is your choice how you want to live. The plot line of this book were great! I adored reading the plot line and seeing it unfold before my eyes. I love that the author, Ms. Mexi wrote a strong book about love and sacrifice. Cause I read about that all day! I enjoyed the plot line that it all boiled down to one thing. Your choices. Sometimes, we like to blame our past for the actions we do today, but the truth is we all have a choice. You can live the same life you were brought up in or choose to do something different. The characters in this book were great! I loved the redemption of the characters. I loved that the reader sees and feels what the characters are going through. Ms. Mexi did a great job in capturing so much more than emotions but a real choice. I loved seeing the characters open their eyes to something different. The love interest prevailed in this book like no other. I loved that it took out so much peace but a security as well. To love someone with all your heart and make a new life is simply beautiful. Antara is a great story of love and redemption. Ms. Mexi brings a excellent tale of adventure, action, and a strong love worth fighting for.
I really loved the idea of reading an illustrated novel just because I know that when an author develops characters they usually have a very clear picture of what their characters look like. The illustrations in this novel were just gorgeous, although in order to see them in color I did read this novel on my computer. Also, I had no idea that when I would look at the first illustrations it would be of mermaid nipples (I'm not opposed to nudity, I just was shocked for a second and then got over it). The story line in this book was fabulous and I was interested to see how this would all play out. Asteria is the queen of the merpeople and she ventures out to save her people from being killed by humans due to a huge misunderstanding. It turns out to be a much deeper problem than she anticipated. While the story line was unique, the writing style was... well, I just didn't feel personally that it was well executed. I felt like I was left desiring more passion or something within the writing. I honestly don't know how to explain it any more than that. However, it didn't stop me from finishing the book to find out what happened. Have I mentioned that the illustrations were absolutely stunning? There are two books in this series. While I probably wouldn't re-read this book again, I would definitely love to find out what happens in the next novel.
This review should have been written quite some time ago. So, I rushed to finish the book, and I skimmed in some places so I could get through faster, as I really needed to get finished, but let me tell you, that didn't keep me from enjoying the book! It was amazing!!! Antara reads like a fairytale, sort of like a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but not quite. The mythology was very interesting, and I loved the descriptions of the mermaids and the merworld. The story talks about how everyone deserves a second chance, as King Orestis is given when he falls for Asteria, the mermaid queen. Their romance was beautiful, and they had some of the most tender scenes in the book. And the twists! I didn't expect for there to be so many surprises! Many of the characters aren't who they seem, and each one is layered and three-dimensional. As for the writing itself, there were many quotes I really liked in the book. Here's an example: "The pain of dying will surely be nothing, for the pain of love is so much stronger and agonizing." The book has some grammatical errors, but they can easily be overlooked and do not detract from the amazing story. Also, the art - the art in this book is beautiful and breathtaking. The paintings help add an ethereal beautiful quality to Marilena's descriptions of the underwater world. So, all in all, Marilena Mexi has created a beautiful, hypnotic world that reads like an old-fashioned fairytale, and it's a story that ends on a hopeful note that there will be more in the future...