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?
From the moment that I read the description of Sprite I was instantly intrigued. Many young adult books tend to focus on vampires, witches and werewolves, so it was refreshing to read something a little out of the norm. A story about a half-human, half -sprite? That sounded like something unique and right up my alley. Best of all? It didn’t disappoint.
Sprite was a very quick read, with it being only 161 pages, but I really got invested in the characters and storyline during that time. There were moments where I felt that it was a little rushed, and the ending was predictable, but there was something light and refreshing about Sprite that captivated me. I really enjoyed Annabelle’s character. I did feel that she adapted to the whole situation a little too soon, but it was really cool joining her in the sea and witnessing the whole mystical world that Michael created.
The whole underwater palace/city really fascinated me. There were a few things that I questioned, but I ignored my questions due to the fact that this book revolves around mythology and fantasy. I want my fantasy books to have a slight unrealistic quality to them, which I really enjoyed in Sprite. I also loved how visual Michael made the underwater city. The description of the city was so strong that I had an entire picture in my head. That made it that much more fun to read. I love being able to visualize books in my head.
Being only 161 pages, Sprite included a lot of action and adventure. I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen next. There is always the fear that a book will be bland, or not have enough adventure to keep the reader entertained, and I did not have that problem at all with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fans of Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks, will really enjoy this book. I really enjoyed having the chance to read about something new, and I can’t wait to read more from Michael in the future. I was a big fan of Sprite and everyone needs to go read it right now!
Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Rating: [rating: 3.5]
Teaser Quote: “Adrianus, this is not some mission fueled by a vendetta. This isn’t revenge. This is the future of not only sprites, but also mankind.”