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Aurabel by Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill makes a dramatic return to the sea set in the same world as the sparkling and magnetic mermaid story, Lorali.

It has been two years since Rory drowned, and Lorali is in Hastings, living the quiet life of a normal teenage girl. But her safe life on land won't last for long. Life in The Whirl has become a hotbed of underwater politics and as the council jostles to oust the king, one Mer in particular has her eye on Lorali as the key to her own rise to power.

Meanwhile, Aurabel, a lowly Mer from the wrong side of the trench, is attacked by sea beasts and left for dead - and without a tail. Raging with righteous anger, she rebuilds herself a mechanical tail and reinvents herself as a fearless steampunk Mer seeking revenge. But she never expected the most important job that was about to drop into her lap.

Aurabel is generally a bit bonkers as expected as Laura's imagination is truly unique. I did enjoy it for its quirkiness but kind of wish I'd made time for a reread of book one first.

These mermaid are not your little mermaid variety of the mermaids. They are bad ass and terrifying.There are scenes within this where you just don't know what's going to happen next and Aurabel in particular is incredibly fierce.

I dis particularly enjoy what the story has to say about crazy internet fans and their insane hysteria and over the topness and I loved how they story went back and picked up Loralai's story and developed it further