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Book Review: Identity

by Annabelle Batie

To start things off let us read the blurb.

Maria Brooks is just a plain orphan girl with a mysterious past. On the day of Maria’s sixteenth birthday, everything seems normal. From being required to do chores all day to being bullied by her own friends, nothing seems to be amiss. But when Maria goes swimming at the beach the next day, she discovers a secret about herself she didn’t even know: she’s a mermaid.

As Maria explores her newfound ability to change from mermaid to human, she finds herself in the midst of an underwater war that contains the secret to her past. Meanwhile, she finds new friendship, but with friendship comes trust, and with trust comes risk. Will she be able to stand strong as the tidal waves of doubt crash against her?

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

Things I love about the book.

The characters.

I have talked a lot about writing good characters in my blog and Annabelle nailed that for her book. Every character in the book is there for a specific reason and that helps the end goal.


When I was young I loved to swim so of course mermaids were awesome. To me, this feels like a more mature version of that mermaid fantasy. In the book, you even read Alex explaining the sea world to Maria. I love this book's story and how it shows a completely different mermaid story.

The Action.

I was on the edge of my seat through a lot of the book. it was never boring, and it kept my attention the whole time. The balance between suspense and emotion is incredible.

A few other things I liked.

When it comes to a series of books it can be hard to know what secrets you should answer and which ones you should leave a mystery. This book did a good job of that it gave Maria what she had been longing for, but still left some unanswered mysteries.


I'm about to spoil some things so if you haven't read it go order it, wait for it to arrive, and read it, then you can come back and read this. In some books I have read a few of the characters get forgotten about, but this book never did that. We even saw Grace have a touching moment with her father (King Orion) as her sister did.


it can be hard to find Christian books and shows nowadays. so I'm thankful for just another one out there. I especially like how the book had some actual bible verses in it. and that maria still wasn't perfect after she became a Christian, but she knew she was forgiven.

Overall opinion

overall this book is really well-written and amazing. it's compelling and just a clean Christian book. I recommend this to all fantasy lovers and to anyone else. I recommend it for kids 9+. it's really good and shows God's love. also, my favorite characters are, Grace and Alex.

About the Author

Annabelle Batie is a teenage author and book enthusiast. She loves mermaids and all kinds of fantasy, and thoroughly enjoys reading and/or writing a good book. She is very passionate about her Christian faith, and she wants to share that passion with others. You will typically find her at her desk writing, playing the piano, or hanging out with her friends. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where she homeschools with her three younger siblings and parents. You can visit her on her website,

Thanks for reading and I definitely recommend reading this book.

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