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Th to her Now she has a choice to make that will affect her whole futureThis was a relly good read It flowed smoothly and was easy to follow No distracting typos You can read this review and on my blog 45 StarsI first have to say that I was a ittle wary of picking this title up because I saw that it had romance in it and I usually try to steer clear of those types of books But I was glad I gave this novel a chance Not only is the romance not the be all end all type that is filled with drama that usually accompanies these books it s only a part of the plot and not the main focusOne of the things that really struck me about this novel was the initial atmosphere of Aptos Reading about it really brought on the nostalgia of when I used to go on family vacations to beach towns along the California coast I can t remember the Chinese Whispers last time a book was able to stir up those kind of memories but it was something subtle yet masterful in the prose that allowed it to evoke that same feeling To me theocales were written in that same dreamy way that accompanied the setting of the movie version of Practical MagicI also have to say that the characters felt real The conversations were not stilted and it really sounded Wheres Mummy Mouse? like things normal teens would be talking about I especiallyiked all the that s what she said jokes that were peppered throughoutMarina is a self aware character and the depth of her understanding of human nature not only expressed in opposition to the shallow people she encounters at her new school but by the magpie Get Over Your Damn Self like nature of the first mermaid she meetsWhat impressed me was theittle things Alpha Dog (Weredog Chronicles) like the detail that went into the mermaids culture They don t have the same concepts about time as humans do and I thought those differences andanguage barriers are subtleties that other stories seem to skimp over It s just some good world buildin in my opinionI do have to say that there was some obvious research done it seems The 10 year old geek in me that wanted to be a Marine Biologist applauded that the detail of the shark closing its eyes before it bit something was added in but the fact that it wasn t aware that a mermaid was tailing it pun intended when it can sense electrical twitches of muscle movements felt overlooked That and the fact that there were a few minor spelling errors were why I took off the half star from this reviewOverall I was pleasantly surprised by this book and found it to be uite Find my reviews on Blogger Reviews by Bookish Sarah Ah what a pleasant surprise I Mr. Funny ll admit when I read books that aren t somewhat widely known I have a preconceived assumption that it won t be great Well I feelike a jerk now because this book blew me away Don t go into this expecting something Heres to the Ladies like The Little Mermaid because youl be sorely disappointed This story is much than a silly fairy taleBetween the Land and the Sea is about Marina Her father a single parent is going away to Afghanistan for a year for work and plans to Saying Yes to the Millionaire leave Marina toive with her aunt Abby and cousin Cruz in Aptos California This is where she is to attend her senior year of high school Marina has never attended actual school public or otherwise she s had tutors High school is intimidating enough but after nearly drowning in the sea Marina misses the entire first week of school and is automatically pegged as a freak and turns out to be the subject of numerous rumors Needless to say she isn t feeling very excited about the next year of her The Majors Guarded Heart / The Highlanders Dangerous Temptation / Paying the Vikings Price life The good news is Marina is hitting it off really well with her cousin whom she hasn t seen in years and his friend Megan Marina also meets the gorgeous surfer Ethan during her first week in Aptos Only when Ethan firstays eyes on her he flips out acts as if he s seen a ghost and all but runs away What s up with thatOne morning while Marina is taking in the view of the sea from the pier she sees a mermaid She thinks that surely her eyes must be deceiving her Only she soon discovers this mythical creature is anything but a trick of the eye Not only that but mermaids are nothing ike the stories say Finding and talking to this creature soon becomes a near obsession for Marina for various reasons An obsession that becomes very dangerous and potentially deadly The mermaids want something from her and she needs to find out what that may be There are so many elements #to this story It s very hard to tell you how amazing #this story It s very hard to tell you how amazing is without giving away too much First of all the is without giving away too much First of all the the author has described Aptos just makes me want to go ive there right now If there is truly a place Merry Christmas, Daddy like this I need to be there It seemed magical and not just because the water isaden with mermaids An extremely clear picture was drawn and it was easy to imagine yourself inside the storyI had no difficulty what so ever getting Roped in lost in this book I read it iness than a day I needed to know what was around the next corner It was ike a drug JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER I even stayed up well past 530 in the morning because I just couldn t stop That s a big deal considering I am usually asleep by midnight The character development was fantastic and I oved each character personally Marina was realistically portrayed She was 16 going on 17 She was petty at times and strong willed at others She wasn t overly mature for her age Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, like you often see in YA books I appreciated greatly that her personality and demeanor fit the age she was supposed to be Marina s cousin Cruz was a very fun character I think he brought aot to the story as did her aunt Addy A very cheerful and upbeat person She also fit the image of what I would imagine your average California mom to be Samanthas Gift like Ethan was than just your average high school pretty boy He has the hot tan surfer thing going on but he wasn t shallow by any meansI think the romance was realistically spread out but also very intense Ioved Marina and Ethan together Ethan
was every gal s dreamThe mermaids were so different from what you every gal s dreamThe mermaids were so different from what you read about They weren t plucked out of your average mermaid fairy tale They had a feral air to them and I could never decide if I wanted to Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous like them or not Even though they kept referring to themselves as sisters their world seemed to have a form of hierarchy but the small glimpse we got of that wasn t built upon very far I am curious to see of their strange ways as the series progresses It was a nice taste thateft me anxious for I was never bored with this book It had surprises and plot twists Oh and the epiloguebook 2 teaser was a jaw dropper Like I absolutely have to know what is going to happen I plan to begin reading book 2 very very soonI recommend this book to anyone who Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, loves a good fantasy tale or a book that strays a bit from the norm It is a very uniue story Truly a diamond in the rough This book was received directly from the author for review Buddy read with Karly and Jess set for AugustREVIEWI m not sure how to talk about this book Iiked it better than Anderson s The Athena Effect though both have Mary Sue protagonists Still it wasn t terrible and better written than many debuts It was very similar to many YA supernatural books that have proliferated the market in the A Convenient Wife last few yearsMy main problem was the MC Marina I guess it wasn t her fault I didn tike her since she was a pretty nice character although idiotic at times view spoilerShe A Colton Target let a mermaid she barely knew drag her out into the middle of the sea on scant evidence the mermaid knew her mom and then got stranded on a buoy overnight Did she expect anythingess hide spoile. She finds first ove discovering just how strong and brave she really is as she uncovers shocking secrets about her unusual past.
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Er Mermaid and kickassness sounds funny in the same sentence but is a justifiable adjective to use for Marina Hey Cruzie boy a girl s voice called out as we passed by Who s the new hag I spun around uncharacteristically confrontational Startled most of them Prodigal Prince Charming looked away or down This was my favorite scene Of course this is only a teaser of the building animosity between the villain and our heroine I veiterally bookmarked andor highlighted every other paragraph throughout this book for memorable breath stealing moments I can go on for days talking about it but I Task Force Bride like to keep my reviews short and sweet Besides if I type any I m afraid Il ruin the book for you I honestly did not see this coming but I rate this book EPIC I keep clicking but I can t give than 5 starslol Mermaids are the new IT supernatural Books 2 3 4 of this tetralogy here I come Karly s Authors Who Rock Challenge Buddy read with my girls Heather Jess for sometime in August As Jess would say I d rather be a mermaid The Review25 StarsFull disclosure Yes I am friends with Derrolyn Anderson here on G If this book was a muffin I would say that it contained too much topping and that it dripped with artificial aroma If this book was a muffin I would be nauseated after swallowing 30% percent of it and I would be craving a simple scone after A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, letting the rest drop into the bin I doove muffins but there has to be some dough besides all the fudge and the fruit and the icing Do you know what I mean If not you are invited to read the rest of my reviewBetween The Land And The Sea is a mermaid book It starts with a prologue in which a surfer is saved from an efficient eating machine emotionless and methodical a vicious shark on a Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, lethal mission by a powerful otherworldly beautiful mermaid and precedes to tell the story of Marina a girl with water in her eyes who spends herast year of school in a small town by the sea with her father s sister and her cousin in order to catch up on the social experiences a normal teenager indulges in Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue like dances romance and friendship Before the school year has started Marina has become friends with the social outcasts of her grade her cousin and his best friend a homelessady a mysterious Asian Mistress looking fisherman with ancient eyes and Lorelai a mermaid whose face mirrors her own on the dot who speaks aanguage only Marina can understand who calls her sister and who has not been detected by anyone yet in spite of her habit to frolic around with the sea Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) lions under a tourist attraction ship wreck In addition the heroine is overcome by a severe case of instant attraction to the school s top catch surfer and gardener Ethan Hunky Ethan falls backwards into a rosebush when he first catches sight of Marina and the oracle with the fishing rod mumbles Very good match Earth and Water concerning the heroine and herove interest So if I got this right after almost a third of the book Marina has been conceived in a harbour therefore her name when her father was overcome by a mermaid s inhuman screeches whereas Ethan has to be the offspring of an earth bound troll or garden gnome His smell certainly backs up that theorySo far so good This is sadly standard Young Adult Paranormal Romance and nothing to complain about As a mermaid book A Ranchers Redemption lover I still might have enjoyed the story and the mercreature related scenes to come Even a muffin from the supermarket can melt on your tongue with the help of some Earl Grey But there is that unfortunate case of topping overflowMarina s Dad is a university professor who develops new kinds of crop rice or wheat which thrives under bad weather and water conditions iness optimal soil Marina has accompanied him all her A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby life to the various countries where he researched and planted his stuff Marina is supposed to be a girl who places family before a plushiving someone who knows the world and its customs someone who recognizes from which part of Thailand a dish is and who bows palms pressed respectfully together
saying Kob kup when necessary She is super smart and super educated The private tutors I dKob kun kup necessary She is super smart and super educated The private tutors I d with had put me beyond American high school evel in most areas Traveling with my father was an education in itself and I d read so many classics that there wasn t one textbook on the syllabus that I didn t already know On top Marina excels in art because she had taken art essons at museums and galleries in the city and has an art studio in her San Francisco apartment The private tutors the art studio and also the immediate effect a threat to contact her apparently well known father had on her teachers made me wonder how much money an US university professor who is into third world research earns German professors are surely well fed but I doubt that they could afford a San Francisco penthouse apartment next to a wealthy widow who owns an underground car park full of vintage Rolls Royces has her own chauffeur spends her days shopping for designer clothes and financially boosts startup artists designers and pop stars Said widow former super model Evie is the artificial crutch that Her Kind Of Cowboy lets sophisticated and seemingly down to earth Marina be a rich kid without being rich herself Every piece of cloth inside of Marina s extensive wardrobe has been provided and chosen by Aunt Evie who has an eye for fashion and never goes wrong Marina s father does not mind his neighbour spending hundred thousands of dollars on his daughter sook And Marina is now a best dressed girl and fashion expert who can entertain her new class mates with tales from the dressing room while His Pregnant Christmas Princess laughingly denying to beoaded or snobbish And when Marina mentions her desire to Through the Language Glass learn to surf her personal tooth fairy sends two boards and a designer wetsuit Because of being daily immersed in Gucci and Pucci Marina sees at one glance that her cousin Cruz has a glowing future in fashion design And certainly it goes without saying that the other outsider Marina befriends pudgy Megan of the gorgeous hair is incredibly talented in song writing has a voice that makes the heroine blink away tears and needs to be introduced to Evie I really thought that talent and specialness was not possible to integrate in such a small place as Aptos but I was mistaken Wise eyed fisherman Lue Khang turned out to be a former CIA agent who had been working undercover in Vietnam Yuck My virtual teeth really hurt when biting on that final frosted violet on the plate Too much is too much The book had to go unfinishedI deeply apologize to my brave and disciplined read along buddy Teccc who said that he came to hate Aunt Evie as the plot progressed for persuading him to read the book with me The next book will be better Teccc PromiseAnd I thank the author Derrolyn Anderson for sending me a free Smashwords coupon in exchange for this honest review Marina normally travels with her Dad as part of his job This time her Dad has to go to Afghanistan for a year and doesn t feel that it is safe for her to travel with him So she dejectedly moves in with her aunt and cousin in a small coastal townShe goes down to the shore and happens upon a mermaid who calls her sister She falls into the water and between the mermaid and popular surfer Ethan they rescue her from drowning Ethan then is asked by Marina s aunt to give Marina swimmingessons and thus the romance starts Meeting up with the mermaid again she comes to find out that her mother was a mermaid The mermaid wants Marina to follow her to get Marina s birthright inherited when her mother passed away giving bir. A mermaid urking in the deep waters off the California coast Marina survives one dangerous adventure after another Along the way. Read a popular author s first bookAugust is mermaid monthBuddy read with my fellow sea creatures Karly and Heather set for AugustBecause really everything is better under the seaSo I have been Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, looking forward to reading this because a mermaids and bDerrolyn Anderson Though I am not friends with Derrolyn I have many friends who are friends with her and I have heard nothing but praise about this amazingady So in You Are Not A Gadget light of my brilliant friend Karly s idea to have an Authors Who Rock month to celebrate those fantastic people who write and who alsoove and respect their readers and reviewers I thought this book would be a perfect start to that Sanctuary little challengeAnd I cannot say that Ioved this book It is a solid three There were parts I thoroughly enjoyed some parts I found annoying and other parts I could definitely do without I will try and cover each one in this reviewFirst off mermaids Duh I mean this is ME we re talking about here I really really enjoyed this author s take on my mythological doppelganger The mermaids depicted within this novel are a delightful blend of savior of the sea and killer sirens which is how I Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, love my mermaids to be They are watchful of the humans who tread their waters and save them from shark attacks and storms However they have violent tempers and are remarkably strong creatures Not to be takenightly They are beautiful but definitely in an otherworldy way with shimmering not so human skin translucent scales and webbed hands Reading about them was delightful On the downside of the mermaid plotline I found their childish behavior somewhat annoying and I wish that their characters were fully developed and that they were in the story I am still holding out hope for the rest of the series on that frontSecond though everyone knows I am not a fan of romance I do have to admit that the romance in this YA novel was handled better than most I ve read There was no instalove and Marina and Ethan developed a pretty solid friendship first before a relationship was ever explored This was a breath of fresh air Now with that being said Ethan was on the boring side and I think this has to do with his character never really being explored than just references to things he s done or experienced It was a major case of show rather than tell and I hope I get to know Ethan in the coming novelsThe writing is decent especially for a debut and this novel is immensely readable The pages practically turned themselves and barely took any effort to get into or to keep going I also have way of a desire to continue with the series More urge than I felt with Twilight and the Vampire Academy series This book was Friendfluence light and breezy and kinda what I needed However some of the bad needs to be mentionedI still got big big gulps of thiswhich was really really annoying And Marina really reminded me of aikeable Bella Swan which didn t win her any popularity contests with me New girl kinda bland always seems to get herself in trouble catches the eye of the hunky popular senior he saves her One Part Woman life time after time they fall inove Ok Been there Done that It s called Twilight I don t want to re read TwilightI also wish some of the secondary characters were dynamic I really enjoyed Marina s cousin Cruz an androgynous outcast with immense talent in fashion design Oh yeah Marina was also conveniently raised across the hall from a rich and famous fashion icon who constantly buys her designer clothes surfboards anything she wants So Marina never wants for anything To me this plot device was just a Stranger little too convenient and very worthy of some eye rolls from yours truly Evie the fairy fashionista godmother was also one of myeast favorite characters She was bland and one dimensional and I didn t really ike any scenes she was
in I wish the Cruz his mother Abby and his best friend Megan become dynamic as theI wish the Cruz his mother Abby and his best friend Megan become dynamic as the continues because the potential for some great meaty supporting characters is totally thereThe thing I hated the most was the girl on girl hate between Marina and Ethan s groupies the skinny blonde beach girls who are in ove with Ethan and follow him around I understand this does tend to happen in high school but it was so ridiculously over the top and unrealistically portrayed in this book it made me crazy It became a cliche stereotype and one that I oathed reading about Basically I iked this book but didn t The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, love it Marina s secrets about her family and her mother were kind of predictable but with that being said I still enjoyed getting to them It also ended neat and tidy and clean so I mooking forward to where the story goes from here25 rounded up to 3 Delightful engaging YA Mermaid StoryMarina has traveled the world with her father but when he is headed to Afghanistan he refuses to allow her to join him ike to Afghanistan he refuses to allow her to join him ike Instead she must spend her senior year with her aunt and cousin and attend public school for the first time in her Out of China life Sheeaves behind San Fransisco and heads to Atpos and much smaller town by the sea Is drawn to the water and uickly sees hauntingly familiar eyes in the water almost as familiar with her own reflection Could it have been a scuba diver or a surfer playing tricks High School is hard enough without having already humiliated herself in front of the hottest surfer at school Mary Tudor let alone worry about mythological creaturesOverall I REALLY enjoyed this book I even stayed upate the final night I was reading just to find out what happened The ending seemingly buttoned up a As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower little uickly than I would haveiked Foreshadowing to the seuel was good almost too good I was e I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest reviewI am at a The Accidental Tourist loss for words The Little Mermaid of Disney is not the end all of imagination concerning this mythological creature The fiction world has been mighty uiet for soong one would assume mermaids were just for Barcelona little girls and babies to marvel over When I initially got this reuest my mind was whispering a constant mantra of ImpressMe ImpressMe ImpressMe LordPleaseDon tLetThisBookSuck Well people I am officially sockless I just want to hug my Nook until the inner springs seuel in protest I m stuck in a dilemma between spoiling the story and keeping all the warm goodness feeling this book gave me all to myself Atast I Christmas Catastrophe ll share aittle pouting because that was the dealBetween The Land And The Sea is such a complex story First there s the pretense of Marina moving to this new town She crosses paths with a mermaid meet the guy of any girl s dreams meets an Asian Collected Poems local talking in philosophical riddles has a super rich aunt showering her with gifts and psychic premonitions confutations with jealousocals females and on top of all that her parents were harboring a secret of their ownOne thing that completely sold this book were the characters I have never been in ove with the supporting cast in all my reading ifeAunt Evie and Cruz sigh are my kindred spirits These characters were colorful and very entertaining Aunt Evie the neighbor and family friend Hollywood starlet A Song for Issy Bradley livingife rich and oh so fabulous Aunt Evie had been a celebrated fashion model in her younger years and remained a style icon traveling the globe in a relentless pursuit of The First Family luxury and pleasure She possessed the devastating combination of wit and beauty that made people from all walks ofife shamelessly fawn all over her When Evie focused her attention on you it felt as though you were the most important person in the worldCruz the Goth boy cousin and aspiring fashion design. The first installment in the Marina's Tales series Between The Land And The Sea is a sweet romantic suspense After she discovers.