Saturday, September 17, 2011

May (Daughters of the Sea #2) by Kathryn Lasky

Pages:  328
Publishers: Scholastic Press
Published:  March 1, 2011

May feels her life drying up. The sea calls to her, but her parents forbid her from swimming. She longs for books, but her mother finds her passion for learning strange. She yearns for independence, but a persistent suitor, Rudd, wants to tame her spirited ways. Yet after her fifteenth birthday, the urge to break free becomes overpowering and May makes a life-changing discovery. She does not belong on land where girls are meant to be obedient. She is a mermaid-a creature of the sea.

For the first time, May learns what freedom feels like-the thrill of exploring both the vast ocean and the previously forbidden books. She even catches the eye of Hugh, an astronomy student who, unlike the townspeople, finds May anything but strange. But not everyone is pleased with May's transformation. Rudd decides that if can't have May, no one will. He knows how to destroy her happiness and goes to drastic measures to ensure that May loses everything: her freedom and the only boy she's ever loved.


The second book of the Daughters of the Sea quartet, features May.  She was found by a lighthouse keeper after the shipwreck that killed her mother and separated her from her two sisters.  She grows up on Egg rock, the same place where we saw Hannah visiting with the Hawley’s.  As she grows up, she catches the eye of a young fisherman named Rudd and that of an astronomer named Hugh.

When a storm comes to Egg rock, she and her sister meet.  Then they travel to the shipwreck to find who their mother was and who they were.  Rudd tries to court her, but she resists because he only cares about her beauty.  When she falls in love with the astronomer, Hugh, Rudd decides to get rid of the competition.

This book also stopped in the middle of the story.  I mean, it could have used some more details, such as, what did they do after Hugh discovered she was a mermaid?  Does her adoptive father find out about what she is?  What will happened to Rudd?  I stay tuned for the next book: Lucy (Daughters of the Sea #3) by Kathryn Laksy.

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