Author: Barbara Mariconda
Length: 256 pages
Summary: An enchanted flute that vibrates when danger is near, sparkling mist that unlocks a drawer of family secrets, and a bookcase that expands to conceal her hiding place - these are the bits of magic Lucy P. Simmons has experienced since her parents drowned at sea.
The magic is helping Lucy keep her house - Father's beloved "ship on shore" - out of the hands of her greedy uncle Victor. Lucy thinks the magic is coming from Marni, a mysterious woman who seems to be one with the sea itself... and who bears a striking resemblance to the mythical siren in the paining in Father's study.
Together, Lucy and Marni devise a plan to stop Uncle Victor's conniving ways. In the process, Lucy makes unexpected friends and discoverst hat courage may be the most powerful magic of all. But will if be enough to prevail in the face of her evil uncle?
My Review: (I though friendship was the strongest magic.)
This book is sooooo amazing!
Anyway, this book sparked my interest when I was going through the library the day before (yeah, I think so) we went on Thanksgiving vacation. I saw the cover and loved, so I picked it up and went on my way. I was not expecting all the things in side of this book.
The characters were wonderfully developed. All the characters captured you from the very beginning when they're introduced in the story. My favorite characters were Lucy (obviously) and Walter (who you will all meet later in the book).
The writing was superb. This book was set in the Victorian-era, so the language is everything that it would be back then. Because of this, some parts of the language isn't the greatest. It's not that horrible, but just telling you all. If you're sensitive to some types of speech, then you might not want to read this book. The iffy language disappears after the 1st chapter and after that it is spread across the book, only popping up once or twice in that one chapter, then 5 (maybe even 6) chapters later, there is another character saying that stuff.
The story was quite vivid and captured you when the first sentence is read. The characters, mystery and magic help move the story along. The ending is so wonderfully satisfying that you could just end there, but not every answer was answered in this book.
I loved reading the book. It's absolutely wonderful! I'm so glad this book is a trilogy and that all the books have been published. My rating is 5 stars!