Book Review: Mermaid by Jodi Picoult- A Kindle In Motion Book

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book review - Mermaid, fictionBook Details:
Title: Mermaid
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction


My review:


I am going to have to do this review a little different than other books. While I choose to usually judge books only by their written content, I will also judge this book by its innovation, and beauty, simply because it is not just a reading experience to dive into a Kindle In Motion book, but rather a visual experience as well.


If you are not familiar with Kindle In Motion books, these books have covers and interior spaces that have either video (motion) backgrounds, or motion side panels, and pages throughout the book. While I do not think that these types of books are for those who get easily distracted, such as someone with ADHD, I found that they can be quite appealing. By the way, you do not have to have a Kindle in order to experience this type of book, it worked fine on my Android (a Moto G5 Plus – which is a phone I highly recommend), and is supposed to work well with an iPhone, but that I have not had a chance to verify personally.


Mermaids was one of those books who was visually stunning. The imagery and motion fit perfectly with the story theme, and was held in soft tones, that enhanced rather than took from the reading experience. Actually, I found the visual component of this book much better than the story itself.


The story of Mermaid bored me. Held in first person, present tense narrative (yes, that is a pet peeve of mine, even though do I get pleasantly surprised sometimes), I could not connect to the main character. Hope – the female lead -, was flat, annoying and simply non-interesting, someone whom I would not want to spend time with, and via this story was forced to take occupancy in her mind. It is entirely possible to make this type of story work, but it takes a lot of skill, and the Author was not able to convey such skill to me. On top of that, this short novel does not have a satisfying ending, which I expect from a book advertised as a stand-alone book. There are too many possibilities left open to feel like I read a book in its entirety, which added to my dissatisfaction of what potentially could have been something innovative and different.


This was my first introduction to the Author, and due to this experience will be my last, no matter how pretty the book was. If you want to read a Kindle In Motion book, check out Melinda Leigh’s Tracks Of Her Tears. (review of that book will be available soon!)




2 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary:


There’s always more beneath the surface.
Once, Hope Payne was a mermaid, performing at the local theme park and captivating audiences young and old.
Today, she’s married to a pragmatic marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. Before he begins, the fish vanish—echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there’s something underwater, something alive and hungry for more, but is she in too deep to ever resurface?


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