Sprite (Annabelle’s Story: Part One) by Leigh Michael
Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.
She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she’s not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.
With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?
This is a typical hero’s origin story. This time the hero in Sprite (Annabelle’s Story: Part One) is the afore mentioned Annabelle. I liked this book. The fact that this hero is female, a trend that’s starting to dominate the book market, made it interesting. The mythos created is grounded in a mix of fantasy and Greek mythology.
Anyone that likes mythology will like this book, especially young girls. I think Annabelle is a character that is constantly questioning this amazingly new facet of her life. Annabelle is an unconvinced and consciously reluctant hero. For the majority of this novel her emotion revel between the fascination with her new abilities, resentence of her hero’s quest, and the family she left behind. I like reading how women writers decide to test their heroines.
I found this novel an interesting read, although a lot of elements were patented. One example is Blake. He came under my suspension the moment he left his girlfriend when she just told him about a creepy man near her car. I don’t even like my sister walking to her car by herself.
The sides of good and evil were defined but I still don’t trust the Queen of Tritonis. Maybe I’m just suspicious because of how evasive they’re with Annabelle. Leigh Michael’s story left me with a lot of unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in Kin (Annabelle’s Story: Part Two). It’s scheduled for released August 2012.
I give Sprite (Annabelle’s Story: Part One) 3 out 5.