Monday, 10 September 2012

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler (Children's, 9 years +, 10/10)

July 2005, Orion Children's
216 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: paradise with scary parts, life as a mermaid, getting used to dad being around, friendships made/lost/ broken/mended, ticking off King of the sea (bad idea), kraken, burmuda Triangle myth, enemies fighting side by side, staring death in the face (literally), exploration, imprisonment, lots of major peril, some humour, some really scary parts, tissues needed

Summary from Orion

Emily wakes a sleeping monster and chaos ensues! Emily desperately tries to set things right - with a little help from her friends - in this second exciting Emily Windsnap adventure!

Emily Windsnap is thrilled to arrive at her new home - a secret island near the Bermuda Triangle where humans and merfolk live together, and where being a girl who grows a tail as soon as she enters the water isn't a problem. Being Emily, she can't resist exploring forbidden places - and as a result, she inadvertently wakes the kraken, the legendary sea monster that has been asleep for two hundred years.

Emily tries to undo the damage as the kraken's terrifying tentacles rise from the deep!

Nayuleska's thoughts
One of my favourite mermaid stories continues in a case of being inquisitive and not knowing everything which results in total disaster. I felt so sorry for Emily. She puts her tail in it big time. Her emotions are palpable. It's made worse by losing a friend who is needed at the end.

It was fun in an awkward way with her dad being back. Millie is...well...Millie. Bless her. She has few qualms about doing what dhe thinks is right, even if it does make everyone else worried.

The story is told with another character's point of view. I'm not saying who as that will spoil it. It gave a great insight into that character, and I hope to see more of them as they are reformed by the end of this 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Liz's website.

Suggested read
It's necessary to read book 1, The Tail of Emily Windsnap.


Nicole Conyngham said...

I have almost finished reading the first one 'the tail of Emily Windsnap' and want to read all the rest. How many book are there?

Nayuleska said...

Hi Nicole! There are 5 of them in total. If you search windsnap in my blog search bar you'll find them all.