Book Review: Lorali (Laura Dockrill)


 *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Pages: 208
Release Date: July 2nd 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.


Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.
But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
I struggled a little with this book, but I think that’s more to do with a personal reading slump/crazy things going on in real life, so I’m trying not to let that affect my review.
I found the dual narrative of this book really interesting. Sometimes the switches confused me, but I think this was due to the format of the NetGalley copy more than anything else. In the beginning, I enjoyed Rory’s narrative the most, and I kept looking forward to his parts. The narrative from the Sea’s point of view offered a really different take on things, but sometimes, particularly near the beginning, I wasn’t too interested in what was going on, and wanted to get back to Rory.
The Mer lore in the book is rich and well developed and leaked out very slowly rather than being info-dumpy. This did backfire a little with the ‘tapestry’ though – it took me a while to understand what they were talking about (I’m not sure if that was me missing a trick or not).
I loved Lorali’s character and found her whole story fascinating. Again, it came in dribs and drabs so it felt like there was always something to learn. I didn’t really like how quickly the ‘love’ blossomed – and I use quotation marks because I don’t like characters saying they love each other when they’ve known each other for a few days. But Iris’ melancholy love story more that made up for that.
I would love to know more about the public’s reactions to the Mer’s ‘outing’. While the articles and forum pieces were really great to read (although I hate reading things in ‘text speak’ – must be getting old!) I just really wanted to know more all the time.
This was a really fascinating read, rich with myth and folklore, with some beautiful and haunting images. It’ll be a perfect summer book to read by the sea.

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