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Lasky, Kathryn

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In 1899 on an island off the coast of Maine, fifteen-year-old May learns why she has always felt different from the other girls in her small town, but must keep hidden that she is a mermaid or risk attracting the attention of a dangerous hunter, and losing a boy for whom she cares.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0439783119
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Daughters of the sea. May


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Oct 06, 2014
  • Anistasya rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

'May' is the second book in Daughters of the Sea, a series about mermaid sisters who all washed up on different parts of the American coast and were raised to think they were human - until their yearning for the ocean causes them to discover the truth.

Having not read the first book, I was taking 'May' entirely on its own merits, of which it has many. I enjoyed the central character's voice. She was young but had a certain determination and hardness that came from being the Lighthouse Keeper's daughter. I felt sorry for her because of the way she was treated by her 'mother' who was eternally sick and bullied May horribly. I also enjoyed the potential of the romantic plot between May and Hugh, with the dastardly Rudd in the background.

Unfortunately, the danger was never that dangerous and the connection between May and Hugh didn't have a chance to shine. I suspect this is because the character, Hannah, from the first book had to be introduced at some point and then the story shifted to more of a focus on her presence and her significance to May.

Because this book is part of a series, it also didn't have much in the way of a satisfying ending. Having said that, I would be interested to see where the story goes and whether the sisters are able to finally reunite.

I imagine this set, much like the Owls of Ga'hoole, is aimed squarely at children. I would buy Daughters of the Sea for girls around eight to twelve.

Jan 11, 2014

I perfer Hannah, but I would actually read may more than Lucy. Lucy was put in prison :(.

Jun 18, 2012

I enjoyed this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found Hannah amzing!!!! May not as good but still a good read, but Lucy was slow and I was confused at some parts.

Mar 23, 2012
  • HRDR rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The first book, Hannah, was much better. May's home situation was depressing, the lengthy passages about currents and tides were boring, and in general it was less engaging than the first book in the series.

Jul 03, 2011
  • 22950006867246 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

the next book in the daughters of the sea series. It is just as good as the first book. If you liked the first book you sould read this one!

Jun 10, 2011
  • NM_4eva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

May and Hannah are the best books I have ever read. Kathryn lasky and Alyson noel are my fav Authors ever!


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Oct 06, 2014
  • Anistasya rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Anistasya thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13


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