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on June 19, 2013 :
It has been a very long time since I've read a YA (Young Adult) book of this quality. I fact, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not in the target audience for the novel, as it flowed more coherently and consistently than most YA offerings out there.
Ms. Peltier's knowledge and research into sharks and their study is apparent and, her passion for them shines through in her writing. It was a page turner, with plenty to keep you just wanting to continue reading.
The characters are very well written and believable, with the main characters developing at a nice pace throughout the course of the novel, even though the outcome between them is apparent quite early on. Possibly this is because I'm a more mature reader, and someone in the target audience may not reach the same conclusion as early in their reading. This does not, however, detract from the book at all. There is a bad guy, as in all good books, and let's just say he gets what he deserves in the end. No spoilers here.
I'm not sure of the Author has been to the area of the Mediterranean which she writes about, but this is really a moot point as her descriptions of the area are wonderful. You can almost feel the sun beating down on you, and hear the waves lapping at the shore. Even her description of italy and Sicily, in relation to one another, is spot on and one many Europeans use themselves.
My only complaint about the book was the cover art, it really did not do the content justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will be eagerly waiting for the next instalments of 'The Delmar Shark Chronicles'
(reviewed within a week of purchase)