Thursday, June 10, 2010

Book Review #5: Sea Switch by Linda Joy Singleton

Cassie's family is on a beach clean-up expedition in Oregon when Cassie discovers a real mermaid named Galena. But something fishy is going on - Galena magically tricks Cassie into switching bodies, and Cassie is thrown in an undersea jail for all of Galena's crimes. If Cassie can't convince Galena's friends to help her switch back, Cassie may be stuck as a convicted mermaid for the rest of her life!
This was a cute, enjoyable read, and I finished it in about a day, I think. It had short chapters, with not a lot of text on each page. The book isn't as long as it may appear to be. There's at least twenty pages of a sneak-peek at the author's next book, so that takes away from the story itself. Also, this is part of a series, the Strange Encounters series, to be exact, but the events of the previous two books are explained in this one, so you won't get too lost, I hope. I have not read the other two, and will not read them either, because I only read this one since it was about a mermaid. The book was okay, I guess, but I wouldn't say it's the best mermaid book out there. It did have a unique take on the mermaid situation in this story. Body-switching stories are always humorous, and this one was no exception. The funniest part had to be when the mermaid switched bodies with a merman. I just thought that part was silly and unusual, and I thought it was pretty funny.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 seashells. While I did enjoy it, I noticed that this was the last book in the series, but it really left the reader on a massive cliffhanger. If I were to imagine myself as a fan of this series, I would think the ending was completely unneeded if this was going to be the final book. No book in a series can have an ending like that without there being another book.
Overall, Sea Switch was a different take on the mermaid story, and whether you're a fan of the Strange Encounters series, or just a lover of mermaids, I think you're going to like this book.

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