I'd Rather Be a Mermaid - August 2016 LitCube

by Wendy Purdy

The good folks at LitCube delved into the depths of the ocean in the August box with books and items related to that siren of the sea: the mermaid. I appreciated the inclusion of two books and a couple of downloads as well. Of course, I always enjoy receiving useful items, and the water bottle and beach towel were especially appreciated.

I've already finished reading the "Monstrous Beauty" book by Elizabeth Fama. I would personally classify this offering as adult fare due to the situations depicted and some of the language used. I enjoyed the mystery in the book and the author's use of the flashback technique to help us solve it along with the main character. Fama also developed an interesting "culture" for the mermaids. In one of life's ironies, the story takes place in Plymouth, Mass., where the main character works as a historical interpreter at Plymouth Plantation. My older daughter, Taylor, and I were reading the book "The Landing of the Pilgrims" by James Daugherty as part of her history studies at the same time I was reading this mermaid book.