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Re is a good one to get kids involved into antasy You have mermaids and a handsome prince on which to swoon The world is sweet with just enough of scary to bring together the couple The lesson in the book is a good one about not condemning someone or something without evidence and that people are not static One that might have been bad in the past can choose to be good Although I thought this was a sweet book or the MG crowd the pictures or some parents might have problems with the bare breasts of the mermaids I live in America and they rown on that here However even having said that I did not see the pictures Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You for the book as overtly sexual It would be a matter of preference to the parent or person readingNow I d LOVE to turn to the pictures Marilena has madeor the book I love the paintings and are well done I m not easy to impress in depictions of Slo Mo! fantasy because I have seen so many poorly done drawings or paintings Ms Mexi has won awardsor her painting and you can tell why The bones of the painting are strong and I enjoyed her colors Many of the paintings are portraits of the characters but my avorites tend to be the ones that were a part of a story I also loved the landscapes that projected well the vastness and ethereal uality of the islandAlthough I did not love the story as much as the artwork I still enjoyed the book I m really glad the author was inspired to do antasy and I hope she continues I would also be curious as to how the author might do a graphic novel I d really like to see of her characters in action poses Two worlds are at stake when a kingdom comes under attack by a Pirates, Ships, and Sailors force of nature so great it takes even theuture king s mother away in it s wake As these once riendly kingdoms continue to grow their animosity towards each other does as well especially that of King Orestis Having lost his mother King Orestis will do everything in his power to destroy the merfolk he believes are behind it With only days before another mysterious attack is to happen the ueen of the merfolk Asteria sets out to remedy the situation and ends up with than she could have hoped orAntara was a wonderful look into the world of mermaids I thoroughly enjoyed the story and how creatively the world was set up Not only that but the author who is also an artist illustrated many of the scenes War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today from the book which were absolutely gorgeous I d highly recommend looking at her Antara Gallery justor a closer glimpse into this wonderfully creative and talented new authorAs or the story behind these gorgeous images I d certainly say I was pleasantly surprised Much of the story ocuses around the main character ueen Asteria but is also told Frost at Midnight from the view points of other characters including King Orestis There is also an entire history of the people both human and merfolk that reminded me much of The Lord of the Rings If I had any problems with the story it would be that Ielt there needed to be editing There were uite a Princess Baby, Night-Night few grammatical errors and I oftenound myself wondering what time period I was reading about Due to the slang thrown in The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post from time to time in a story I was a bit confused because initially Ielt Antara was leaning toward a Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution formal setting similar to that set in manyantasy books like Tolkien s writing I was also a bit confused about the genre placement because of the referencing to sexual encounters as well as partial nudity in some of the illustrations Nothing was severe or offensive at all but I m not sure it s entirely appropriate or the younger end s entirely appropriate or the younger end the young adult genre readersOverall I elt Antara and it s authorillustrator Marilena Mexi has a bright uture This was a story illed with a creative new world interesting characters gorgeous illustrations a captivating plot and much With a ew minor changes to grammatical and voice issues I Nini feel Antara would be welcomed with open arms byans of mermaids and I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) fantasy novels everywhere As it stands now I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of Antara and am lookingorward to rom Marilena MexiOriginally reviewed copyrighted on my site There s A Book Marilena Mexi and her debut novel Antara where a nice introduction into the mermaid s books Is true that is not easy to write in a language that is not your mother tongue but Marilena s writing and descriptions are not only good but very enjoyableAsteria is our main character the ueen of the merfolk and her the ueen of the merfolk and her is in constant danger thanks to the humans who once were riends and allies But not any now Orestis king of Dark Aster is always attacking and killing merfolks he doesn t even care if they are kidsBut the same disaster that once broke the peace between our species is coming back and this time the merfolks are not going to wait this time they want not to only save the humans even if after saving them they might get killed but to clear their names and stop this circle of rage and vengeanceThat s why ueen Asteria is going to enter in Dark Aster to meet Orestis and try to convince him that maybe together they can ind a way to save them allAnd I highly recommend this book not only or the plot but or the amazing and beautiful paintings that Marilena did or Antara that are included in the book The storyline Antara is a Fantasy Fairytale in classical style with much adventure magical elements good versus evil and a good dose of romance It is a completely original and uniue tale I am sure you have never heard or read a mermaid story like this one before There is an island where half of it is inhabited by Merfolk and the other half by humans These two groups have co existed in piece Camp Rex for many generations until a huge catastrophe caused by mysterious sources strikes that peaceful place transforming it into a scenery of war and suffering Merfolk and humans turn into enemies and hell is broke lose until something bigger and stronger stopped it love Through the love of Asteria a mermaid ueen of the merfolk and Orestis king of the humans piece is restored and the island of Aster becomes once again the paradise it was beforeThe illustrations The book isilled with gorgeous digital paintings by Marilena herself You see beautiful concepts of the environments present in the story Portraits and character concepts help us understanding how they looked and having a better sense of the characters in the story as well Just by looking at the images we can travel deeper through the tale as we let our imagination low The illustrations also contribute to our sense of enjoyment while reading though the pages of AntaraIn general This is a book I had a wonderful time reading I was curious all the time to understand what caused the evil catastrophe to hit the island of Aster I was very curious as well to know what would happen next how the story would develop and unfold I enjoyed very much going through the illustrations and having a glimpse of what that world looked like There are some issues with the English translation though this is a minor detail if you re looking or an enjoyable and uniue read on your Touch of Enchantment free time. Y of cruel king Orestis the people suffer and all their king caresor is vengeance against the When Dads Don't Grow Up fish as he spitefully calls them executing merfolk after merfolkor just being near his lands Secrets intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives Miles from Kara forev. Beautiful loving and caring to no end The beauty that Marilena creates with both the words and the pictures are breath taking and touching I would love to be a part of this world she has createdCharactersAsteria ueen of the Merfolk mermaid A very gentle kind sweet and loving ruler of her people She is willing to risk her life to save her people and the humans that hate merfolk I love her passion and her desire to not let others walk over her no matter who she maybe pretending to beKing Orestis human A corrupted ruler that has a good side I love his type the bad boy that isn t truly all that bad he just needs the right woman to show him the lightPicturesI love art I especially love art when it isantasy based These pictures are amazing even better than I could have imagined I am loving it when writers are creating their own art to put into the books it just make the experience of the book even betterNot My Favorite PartI wasn t completely in love with the Epilogue I liked the overall gist of it and I thought it was very cute and touching but I was disappointed that our main characters didn t make an actually appearance in there I can t exactly tell you what it is because I don t want to spoil it But I guess that is what book 2 is Pee Wee Scouts treasury (Pee Wee Scouts, for this isn t the end of the series and is to come thankfully I WantI really would like to get an actually copy of this book but it is way out of my price range I would love to see the pictures on the pages of the book This is probably what I am the most saddened about the book I want a physical copy and I want it on my shelf it deserves shelf space but an eBook will do Maybe one dayRecommendationFantasy mermaids romance and YA genre lovers must read this book and people who love art work really should read it Antara is so beautiful Antara is a compelling story that has theeel of a able or airy tale than that of your average mer novel This aura does not mean that it isn t as good as a regular novel It is the eeling of a able that makes Antara different and therefore enjoyableIn the Greek language Antara means among other things disturbance or turbulence which perfectly describes the situation on the large island of Aster The name of the island comes High Heat from the only kind oflowers that will grow there Asters Set in medieval times Antara deals with the two peoples who inhabit the island The humans who live on one side of the island where the aster lower takes on a dark red hue and the merfolk who live on the land and under the waters of the opposite side of the island Both of the disparate populations had lived in both mutual respect and riendship or years until the day when enormous waves swept the island causing a great loss of life amongst the human population Since this disaster was caused by ocean waves the humans assumed that the merfolk were behind it all and their riendship uickly turned into bitterness and hateAs the story opens the merfolk are ruled by Asteria and her grandfather Azarus It has been ive years since the great disaster and their seer has oretold that it will return once in a A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas few weeks The ruling council must decide how to warn the humans and avoid the great loss of life that will accompany the event This will not be easy as there is great hatred amongst the humansor the merfolk and the humans have been carrying out a pogrom on them ever since the disaster Simply walking in and advising the humans that they d better seek higher ground is not an option Amidst their deliberations it is learned rom the seer that there is a woman on the human side of the island who has a deep affection or their king Orestis and a great respect or the merfolk as well Inasmuch as she sits on the royal council of Orestis It Is Decided That it is decided that he is wrongly influenced by his other advisors and this woman is able to see the goodness in the king With the next iteration of the disaster less than a month away it is decided that Asteria and a companion will travel incognito to the humans side of Aster and try to get close enough to Orestis to appeal to his better nature and warn him of what is to come It won t be easy and Asteria has not counted on one thing Falling in love with OrestisThe author Marilena Mexi is as good an artist as she is a story teller and she has added a series of her works to illustrate the book No matter how one may eel about the story the illustrations are worth the price of the book Those readers who use versions of s Kindle that do not support colour would do well to install the company s Cloud Reader on their PC or MAC so they may ully enjoy these wonderful drawingsAs good a read as Antara may be the book suffers rom its

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from the Greek to English While George Maroudis may have done a credible job in translating the story it should have afterwards been turned over to an editor who is used to working with books in English As it is there are typos dropped letters dropped words and sentence structures that probably worked well in Greek but less so in English It is usually my practice to lower my rating on books that are afflicted with an inordinate amount of errors in spelling grammar sentence structure etc as all these sins detract rom the pleasure of reading the story No matter how good or intriguing that story may be At the end of the day the execution is just as important as the story itselfThat being said I will give reducing Antara s rating a miss since it was written originally in Greek and the translation to English was done by a riend of the it was written originally in Greek and the translation to English was done by a riend of the rather than herself Other works rom other authors will not be as lucky in this regardAlthough I would not count Antara as Young Adult iction it is nonetheless YA Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation friendly and could be recommended to older YA s While there is some violence in the story line it is no worse than what is to beound in the Lord of the Rings trilogy Adults who can relate to the Pajama Party fantasy genre will enjoy this book just as much Antara is a book that is meant to be enjoyed by all who may read itMore reviews of Meriction may be Bunco Babes Tell All found at The Parsons Rant UICK THOUGHTSSet during the Middle Ages where two kingdoms resided next to each other One of humans that lived on a large island surrounded by a beautifulorest and the Merfolk that live in the ocean in the White Palace After a terrible disaster struck the island killing many humans the two kingdoms Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi friendship turned to hate leaving the Merfolk saddened and the King an ueen disappeared not long after Now the children of both kingdoms rule that lands the young Merfolk ueen will do anything to convince the Human King to stop the war between them and help each other before another disaster hitsREVIEWAsteria is the young ueen of the White Palace she and her people have gone through many years staying awayrom the hum This is a hard book Bringing the Outside In for me to review I want to separate it into two reviews Oneor the story and one or the artwork Therefore I think that is what I will doThe story is of a young MG type of read It is sweet and the adventu. Isunderstandings suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island On the human side things are even worse; under the tyrann. Source Received rom author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene Many thanks goes to Marilena Mexi and Teen Book Scene or sending me a copy of this book or review I received this book Close to Hugh free of charge in exchangeor an honest review My rating 35The land of Aster has been divided into two parts one ruled by merfolk and the other by humans The people and merfolk of Aster were united peacefully at one time but due to some devastating storms that return every Women and Self Esteem five years both have parted ways The people of Aster blame the merfolkor these storms as they Toy to Toy (Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3) feel they have been brought upon them by the merfolk Now under the tyrannical rule of King Orestis Aster has become a deadly placeor the merfolk as they are tried and executed if captured Asteria ueen of the merfolk is trying to bring about peace to both merfolk and human alike but will have to walk a dangerous path to bring about the peace she craves Will she be able to unite both races once again Antara is probably one of the Charity first books that I have read that has been translatedrom Greek to English It does have some grammatical errors and some phrases that have been translated strangely but overall it is an interesting and cute read The world building is intricate and I enjoyed the history of both people and merfolk as it was related to the reader The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and they really give us a glimpse of the world of Aster Asteria is the spokesperson and ueen of her people and she as such had a hard role to play in Antara I didn t always agree with what she did and had a hard time connecting with her but she wanted what was best or the merfolk and she was striving to bring both races together again that I can understand Her relationship with Orestis didn t ring completely true or me either I thought things moved too Catch and Release: Trout Fishing and the Meaning of Life fast between them especially considering the secrets being keptrom each other With that said the storyline is still a uniue one and the world is antastical The artistry brings an added dimension to the world of Aster as it brings characters to life in portrait The scenes were also beautifully rendered and they captured the essence of Antara All in all this is still a uniue reading experience and I think tweens and younger teens will enjoy reading Antara It has some interesting twists that will keep the reader guessing The title is befitting of the novel as well Asteria and Orestis story isn t inished and it will be interesting to Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years with Down Syndrome find out if the merfolk and people of Aster can be united again With Antara Marilena Mexi makes her entrance to the publishing world an entrance that is uite promising and shows that we can expect even greater thingsrom the author in the uture I really enjoyed the story of the merfolk which goes a bit beyond what we usually encounter in antasy Fashion Faux Paw fiction A great plus were of course the amazing illustrations that accompanied the book all made by the author The story is likely to appeal toantasy readers and generally to a younger audience although it can definitely be read also by older readers Just a Pillars of Light few information about my rating as this is a novel I based my rating on the prose and not the illustrations I think Marilena deserves a 55or her amazing work with the latter A rating of 3 is on the premises that this is the author s irst published book and is in English not in her native language so I am sure that the experienced she will become as a writer the greatest things we will see in the uture This books deserves 3 12 4 starsI have to admit that I was eually impressed by the story as well as the illustrationsWhen I started the book I knew it had something to do with sea creatures but was not sure what to expect I was told by the author that it was a antasy novel and I love those so I started it I liked the world that the author createdit was imaginative and reasonably originalaster is createdIt was imaginative and reasonably originalAster is island where both humans and merfolk sea creaturesmermaids live Humans live on the Dark Aster which got its name by the dark lower and the merfolk live on Aster mostly the sea and the coastsBoth races used to live in perfect harmony but this hasn t been the case Cheetahs' Craving for years There seems to be a great conflict between humans and merfolk but no one really knows the exact reason its origins lost in time The race that exerts the most hostility though seems to be the human whose king Orestes is known andeared New People for his cruelty and brutality to all trespassers in Dark AsterAs if this wasn t enough there s a curse looming over the island causing tides and waves of apocalyptic proportions which mostly affects the human world since the merfolk can live and breathe under waterIt is then on the dawn of the coming disaster a new big tide coming after 5 years of harmony that the ueen of the Merfolk Asteria decides that they need to reach to King Orestis despite his reputation and warn him of the coming catastrophe and convince him that they only need to helpAnd since he wouldn t exactly welcome a delegate she decides to go undercover and pose as a village girl coming to townor work Along with a riend Asteria manages to infiltrate the castle and become Orestis personal assistant She is mesmerized by his beauty and his seeming goodness regarding every matter other than the merfolk and she comes to realize that he has been brainwashed and poisoned against her raceIn her attempt #to change his mind gradually before revealing her true identity she inds a #change his mind gradually before revealing her true identity she Driving Hungry: A Memoir finds a ofriends ie secret revolutionaries a merfolk high in power in the king s court etcThe author weaves an intricate and beautiful tale of revenge loss bitterness and how everything can be changed by the power of love and the truthI very much enjoyed Asteria s character and I would have to say that or less the book is convincing and exciting as you really want to know what is going to happen next and let me tell you the action doesn t stop till the very end It is The Museum of Us full of surprises The only criticism I can express is theact that the beginning of the love story didn t really convince me I mean there were a ew scenes between Asteria and Orestis that made you understand the characters but to the point that Asteria realized she was in but to the point that Asteria realized she was in with him we hadn t really seen that much of them in action or in the company of one another Of course the author mentioned that the days passed and Asteria was there to serve Orestis so we know they interact on a regular basis but we didn t see it so the love bit was a bit rushed or me However if you overlooked that and considered how young love can happen lightning ast and erratically it didn t really matter and you could greatly enjoy the course of thingsAnd the designsillustrations were incredible Marilena Mexi is superbly talented both a a writer and as an illustrator We need a new comic series by her gI think the seuel can t come ast enough XD What I LikedHigh Fantasy WorldI was completely drawn into the beauty that is this world The mermaids are peaceful and gentle creatures that live on both land and in the sea They are. Peace and tranuility on the island of Aster home to both humans and 'merfolk' has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon recurring every ive years A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population The

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