Mermaids are Real by Bo Wu || Review

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Title: Mermaids are Real: The Mystiq Prong
Author(s): Bo Wu
No. of pages: 332
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: July 24th 2018
Date read: November 27th 2018
3.75/5 ★


“’Crabs talk?’ asked Benji.

‘Everything in nature speaks. Not everything in nature listens,’ said Octavius nodding Topside.”

Benji Fisher has spent the first twelve years of his life growing up in a small fishing town Topside. He’s gotten used to the gang of dolphins who follow him on his surfboard and the voices he hears under the water; odd things that have, in their repetition, become part of normal everyday life.

However, none of that prepares him for the recruitment speech he gets from an octopus named Octavius and three of the dolphins the night before his thirteenth birthday.

What would you do if your ‘calling’ in life required you to take a leap/dive of faith? Would you take the plunge?


I had a love-hate relationship with Mermaids are Real and that wasn’t the book its fault. It was just that I have a love-hate relationship with (Young Adult) fantasy in general. It’s really hit or miss with me. Where I just flow through books from genres that I love (horror, thriller, romance), I often get stuck every now and then in a fantasy story. This is mainly because the author has to explain a whole new world to its reader and that just doesn’t always work for me.

Although I just don’t like fantasy that much anymore, I can say that this story is actually quite good. That is, if I view it from the perspective of someone who loves fantasy and Young Adult novels. The characters and the sea world were really interesting and I really came to care for Benji and Sanjowqua – the message of the story was really good: take a moment to think about what we do to the ocean and the creatures that live in it. Don’t be careless.

Personally I would think this book was more of a middle grade novel than a Young Adult novel. The humour and goofing around of the sea creatures was not something I prefer reading about as a 23-year-old, but I can imagine that younger teens and kids might really like this.

I have to say that I had to force myself through the last 100 pages and I merely scanned that last 40, because I just wanted to finish it already. Again, that’s me and not Wu’s writing style nor the story.

I do recommend this book if you’re into reading middle grade/Young Adult and fantasy novels!

I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! Thank you Bo! *

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