Between The Land And The Sea

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The first installment in the "Marina's Tales" series, "Between The Land And The Sea" is a sweet romantic suspense. After she discovers a mermaid lurking in the deep waters off the California coast, Marina survives one dangerous adventure after another. Along the way she finds first love, discovering just how strong and brave she really is as she uncovers shocking secrets about her unusual past. More
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Published: March 30, 2011
Words: 96,720
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458052117
About Derrolyn Anderson

Derrolyn Anderson is a visual artist and writer of young adult fiction.
She is the author of the four book "Marina's Tales" series and the four book "Athena Effect" series.

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Review by: Midu Hadi on Sep. 20, 2012 : star star star
A book about a half mermaid, half human teenage girl with a difficult choice to make.

What I liked:
Both the male and female leads were sensible characters and it was like a breath of fresh air.
The humor in the story, mostly because of Cruz and Megan made the story more fun.

What I didn’t like::
The same ol’ trope about the hottest guy in the school falling for the new girl has been done too many times.

If you want to read a sweet, funny YA book without love triangles (or vampires), check this one out.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on July 24, 2012 : star star star
This was an interesting twist on The Little Mermaid story. Marina did not know she was half mermaid and did not even know how to swim until her father sent her to live in a beach town with her aunt and cousin. She ended up loving it there, despite her initial misgivings. She met new friends, learned how to swim and surf, discovered her heritage, and met the boy of her dreams. There were some bumps and scares along the way, but she dealt with them well and courageously. I liked the ending, but not the epilogue. It suggests a sequel. In my opinion, this book does not need it. The epilogue was confusing because it was supposedly an excerpt from the next book. We did not have enough background to understand exactly why it was in there - it seemed to start in a strange place, especially considering the ending we had just read. I am not sure why it was called an epilogue instead of just a teaser for the sequel.

I like the originality of the author's presentation of this story. There have been so many other renditions of The Little Mermaid that it could seem boring. But, this was a fresh new perspective. It was almost a backwards Little Mermaid. I enjoyed reading it. However, there are a number of suggestive innuendos, a bit of swearing, and some intense moments.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: NadyneN on July 23, 2012 : star star star star
First sentence: "The surfer sat upright on his board, blue eyes intensely focused as he scanned the action at the breakers."
P. 99: "No one joined us, and pretty soon it became apparent to me that Cruz and Megan were social outcasts."
Last sentence: "Listening to each other breathe, all we needed was simply to be together, earth and water in perfect harmony."

From Smashwords: The first installment in the "Marina's Tales" series, "Between The Land And The Sea" is a sweet romantic suspense. After she discovers a mermaid lurking in the deep waters off the California coast, Marina survives one dangerous adventure after another. Along the way she finds first love, discovering just how strong and brave she really is as she uncovers shocking secrets about her unusual past.

This book was pure fun to read, although it would have been better if I could have read it while lying on a beach, hearing the sea in the background. The story has got twists enough for wanting to keep turning the pages, and the main characters are all friendly, talented, sympathetic people. It didn't even bother me that there were mermaids involved. I just put off thinking, and enjoyed the story.
In short, a great summer read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Christina Smith on June 11, 2012 : star star star star
If I had seen this book on a shelf, I would have passed it by. For one thing the cover looks like it should be for younger kids, and second, Mermaids are not the type of book that would interest me. At first glance I thought that the idea of mermaids for a book was corny and unbelievable, but are they anymore farfetched than werewolves or Vampires?

But since I found it through my new book club and it was offered by the author for free (thank you by the way), I tried it. Being an indie author myself, I wanted to give it a chance and I'm really glad I did. It changed my opinion on mermaids.

The story was good and kept me interested, the characters had contrasting and original personalities. I loved that Cruz and Megan chose not to conform in order or make school bearable. Marina was loyal and protective and not afraid to stand up for herself. Ethan was dreamy and the perfect love interest.

Overall a good read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on May 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Between The Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson
5 STARS
I was really into the story and cared about what was happening in the
characters lives. The characters where believeable.
This is the first of four books in the series. I look forward to see what
happens in the rest of the books.
Marina has traveled around the world with her father. She has never
gone to school just had lots of tutors. Now her father is going to
Afganastan and thinks it is to dangerous to take her with him. He is
sending her to live with her Aunt Abigail and cousin Cruz for a year.
Cruz is six months older than her, a senior in high school. He loves to
design womens clothes. He is a outcast in high school as one really
good friend.
Marina is going to her first school as a senior and taking most of the
same classes as Cruz. Marina with her tutoring is a head of most of her
classes but her father wants her to go for the social life of a school for once.
Marina mother died in child birth and her father never talks about his
wife. In fact has no pictures of her but tells Marina that she looks like her.
Marina has never lived by the ocean and doesn't know how to swim.
She almosts drowns from a sneak wave and a mermaid saves her and looks
a lot like her.
I really liked this book that I was given in exchange of honest review by
Librarything.
03/30/2011 PUB
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lyla Tyela on May 09, 2012 : star star star star
“You don’t see yourself at all, do you? It seems to me that you’re good at everything you try,” said Ethan sincerely.
“I had a dream I could breathe underwater,” I said flippantly, “Maybe I’ll go swim with the mermaids.”
Ethan turned to look at me with shock in his eyes.
“Just kidding,” I said, alarmed at his reaction.



Marina :
Take me with you to Paris.
I admire your sense of character.
Romantic and strong willed ; I like it :D

Cruz :
If only you were my cousin
You talented little thing :')
Other than that, I wouldn't mind having you as a best friend.

Ethan :
Everything a girl wants in a guy :)

People I would shove in the trunk of my car :
Shayla, Heather and her posse, and the boys in art class.

Other :
Just read it.
I didn't like the ending,
But the romance was spot on
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Rose on April 19, 2012 : star star star star
Even as I try to decide what I wish to say in my review, my head is full of the thoughts and emotions this story generated. I love the backdrop, the characters, and the plot.

This is a YA fantasy novel about a girl who is sent to live with her father's sister when his work takes him to Afghanistan for a year. Reluctantly, she leaves the city life of San Francisco for the quiet coastal town of life with her aunt and cousin. Almost on arrival, inexplicable things begin to happen to Marina. She has an affinity for the sea and meets a mermaid who bares a striking resemblance to her. The meeting with Lorelai the mermaid is the catalyst of change even more than her move. Marina has to begin living two lives. There is her public life of settling in with her misfit relations and her new school and her secret life where the call of the mermaids grows stronger with each day.

I loved the characters in Marina's story from her fabulous neighbor and friend cum fairy godmother who she calls Aunt Evie, her quirky high on life Aunt Abby, her cousin Cruz who dreams of designing fabulous clothes for the runway, Cruz's talented musician friend Megan, mysterious and wise Lue Khang, Ethan who has more to him than his looks and surfing talent, and the intriguing mermaid Lorelai. These are not cardboard, cookie cutter characters. Even the mean girl has a depth to her that was interesting to read.

The plot kept my attention as it wove around Marina's adventures with new relationships and her first time living as a typical teen to her more clandestine adventures learning the secret of her other life as abilities and yearnings start to surface. I thought it wonderful that the author wove daily life experiences in with fantasy so that the story was balanced.

I found the voice of the story fascinating with that underlying haunting bittersweet tone to it. Fun and laughter happen, but below the surface there is always that other feeling leading up to that inevitable climax of the story and the choice Marina must make.

There was only one aspect of the story that bothered me, but not enough to ruin it. This was told from Marina's Point of View so as the reader I really got to know her. There were two aspects of her character that put me off: I found her annoying on a few occasions in the middle of the story. It's possible I was expecting too much based on what she was going through, but her repeated 'I gotta go it alone and keep my secrets' mentality in the face of empirical evidence that she was not doing so hot at that and always needed rescuing by Ethan and her friends irritated me. It also particularly irritated me because I didn't like that it was her willful thoughtless behavior including lying and breaking promises to everyone that caused trouble, but yet she was the one angry and hurt in feelings after they called her on this behavior. I know I'm being vague by not providing examples, but I didn't want to give spoilers. As I said, it wasn't bothersome enough to truly destroy my enjoyment of the story just a peeve of mine.

I think this is a great book that I'll recommend to all who love a good YA fantasy and want a change of pace from the vamps, shifters, and angels.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tawna lambert on April 12, 2012 : star star star
Maybe more like 3.5 stars. Free author copy provided thru book groups via goodreads. Review also posted on goodreads and amazon.

things I liked
that she wasn't the awkward outcast who didn't think much of herself, she liked who she was even if she didn't necessarily have a large group of friends.

Ethan was a good strong character [and the experiences the author gave him surfing made the reason he believed her story a bit more understanding, otherwise it'd be like really? why the f does he believe that? ]

Cruz was great and so was Megan as side characters. I liked that she made Cruz's outward appearance not match his personality at all, i dunno why i like that but i do

things that I didn't like
The writing style, I don't know what it is about it....but it didn't absorb me into the story. I wasn't on the edge of my seat or totally entranced. I could stop and take breaks from reading and was totally fine with it.

overall
The story is good and wraps up nicely. There is only one real loose end that I saw and she probably left it loose just so that there could be other books, but I don't see the need for other books. This was a perfectly nice story and I enjoyed it. It doesn't, however, lead me into really caring about the next book. I'm sure the next story will also be perfectly nice, I may or may not read it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Heather Boustead on April 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Between the Land and the Sea
By Derrolyn Anderson

Marina’s father is leaving for Afghanistan too do research on agriculture but since it is not safe for his teenage daughter he sends Marina to a small California coastal town to live with her aunt and her cousin. Shortly after she arrives she is swept into the ocean and rescued by what turn out to be her other aunt, a mermaid. Once Marina finds out that her mother who had died giving birth turn her had been an actual mermaid never having attended school before seems the least of her problems.
This is a very unique book a half-mermaid girl is being lured to the ocean, what may seem innocent turns out to be sinister with nightmare prophetic dreams that have her walking in her sleep towards the ocean. I may be biased mermaids have always been my favorite mythological creatures, but Derrolyn Anderson did a fantastic job with this book she was so wonderfully descriptive there was one scene in particular were Marina had stepped on glass that I cringed with phantom pains of my own. I also enjoyed the other characters she was able to put enough background to them that they all could have their own stories but not so much to take the focus away from the main plot and Marina. Definitely worth the read and I can’t wait to read The Moon and The Tide book two of Marina’s Tales.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CS Lune on March 23, 2012 : star
** spoiler alert ** Marina is a very lucky girl. She has a renowned scientist as a father, she travels a lot, she has a rich "aunt" who pampers her with high couture clothing, accessories, shoes, etc., she lives with an aunt and cousin who care a lot for her, she meets a handsome surfer who is going to fall in love with her. Besides that, she is part of a mystery, an adventure that envelopes her. This is the story of Marina, a girl who has everything she wants and so easily conferred upon her.

It was far too easy for Marina: meeting Ethan, looking good with all her high-end clothing and shoes, being strong as she is and fending off the "mean beach girls" who bully Cruz and Megan. Marina is the archetype of every teenager's dream: rich, talented, beautiful, mysterious, and the hottest surfer after her. It was sickening...slightly.

I found myself rolling my eyes whenever Marina spoke with such eloquence about what she was wearing and the accessories that came with it. Honestly, I didn't care. The author made Marina seemed like she didn't care about fashion too, but her actions and descriptive words pointed to a different direction. Marina did care and that score a point against her in my eyes.

Ethan, the stereotypical handsome surfer who falls in love with the new girl in town. He is unlike the rest of the surfers he hangs out with and he is deeply concerned about Marina. I just wished there was more dynamics to the romance stories nowadays. This "love" story between Marina and Ethan has been told and regurgitated so many times that is getting old. I just wished the author had come up with something entirely different for both of them. Or have Ethan be something else than a hot surfer. In a sense, I felt the author was also stereotyping California as being the land of hot surfers and beautiful, but bitchy, beach girls with short bikinis. It was all so annoying. I live in California and that is not true.

As I mentioned before, everything came so easy for Marina. It is almost unrealistic.

As for the plot, the mystery was alluring, but I was hoping for more mystery as to Marina keeping the secret for herself instead of telling everybody she knew about it. It just killed the suspense. I got bored when Marina was drowned so many times and rescued as well. I believe that was what I read most of the time. In the last part, when she was pulled into the ocean by the group of mermaids, she got turned into one. But Naida relinquished on Marina giving her a period of 50 moons to decide if she wanted to give up immortality. I think the mermaids let her go way too easily despite the fact that the mermaids wanted to get her into the ocean so vehemently. I just think there are serious inconsistencies in the plot.

I also thought it was all very predictable. I wasn't surprised at the twists (if there were any that is). And wasn't surprised at the characters' attitudes and personalities among each other. I knew those type of characters because they're all stereotypes repeated over and over again in supernatural, young adult fiction!

As for the way the book is structured and where the writing style is concerned... I think the author used way too many words that could've been expressed in less. Translated, that means that this book was unnecessarily long. There were a lot of needless descriptions that only showed me Marina's shallowness. To be honest, I skimmed over some paragraphs of the book and in the end, I felt I understood the essence of the story without reading those paragraphs. The dialogues were what I aimed to read the most because I discovered so much through them. I honestly didn't need to know every single detail of their action. Sometimes you have to let the reader wander off with details.

The mermaids are nice creatures in the book. But mythology says that they lure and drown sailors (like Peter Pan). This wasn't the case. They were nice creatures. I was a bit thrown off by this part because the author twisted the mermaids to make it conform to a typical young adult novel. It was like having a vampire who doesn't die in the sun, but sparkles in it. Utter nonsense. It would have been more thrilling to have the mermaids wanted to threatened Marina's life than being all innocent about it.

Last but not least. The romance. Ugh. I've read this type of romance all over again. Sacrifices? Love beyond everything? To sacrifice eternal life for someone you love? This is a noble act of love, but I've read about it in almost every supernatural, young adult novel. It just doesn't change, does it? And to topple it off, a surfer had to be included in the picture. Not just any kind of surfer, but the "good" type of surfer guy. I found myself hating Ethan rather than loving him for his gentleman-like personality and warm attitudes. Every girl's dream? I don't think so.

I hope all the best for Marina in the second installment.

On a final note, I would not cataloged this as fantasy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on March 08, 2012 : star star star star
mm I don't find where to start ... let me think ... Ok! THIS BOOK TOTALLY DID IT! xD

This has been my first book of mermaids and totally convinced me that I should read more like this one.! Waou! you know I'm not kidding neither exaggerating when I write that was super-hiper-good!!

the way it was written completely charm me because it was super-easy to read, there was no confusing part, everything was clear. the plot fascinated me from the beginning, was like it had something that caught my attention from start. It made me imagine the whole scenario and made ​​me fantasize about the mermaids.

The characters were well described, each has its charm. I really like Marina her strength, the love she feel for Cruz and Meghan, took her to defend them and take the best of them. Oh my Gush! and lets begin to talk about the guy, his name is Ethan he WAS sooo cute,special, a hard worker nothing like the other dummy-surfers, he was thinking in his future, He love soo much Marina and care alot about her.

The End was sooo romantic *.*

Was a successful book, I'm super-anxious to read the next!!!
I would totally recommend it xD
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: fanny lopez on March 08, 2012 : (no rating)
mm I don't find where to start ... let me think ... Ok! THIS BOOK TOTALLY DID IT! xD

This has been my first book of mermaids and totally convinced me that I should read more like this one.! Waou! you know I'm not kidding neither exaggerating when I write that was super-hiper-good!!

the way it was written completely charm me because it was super-easy to read, there was no confusing part, everything was clear. the plot fascinated me from the beginning, was like it had something that caught my attention from start. It made me imagine the whole scenario and made ​​me fantasize about the mermaids.

The characters were well described, each has its charm. I really like Marina her strength, the love she feel for Cruz and Meghan, took her to defend them and take the best of them. Oh my Gush! and lets begin to talk about the guy, his name is Ethan he WAS sooo cute,special, a hard worker nothing like the other dummy-surfers, he was thinking in his future, He love soo much Marina and care alot about her.

The End was sooo romantic *.*

Was a successful book, I'm super-anxious to read the next!!!
I would totally recommend it xD
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Roger Royer on March 03, 2012 : (no rating)
When I started this book I was unsure of how to classify it as there are so many different places to place it. Upon finishing it I decided that the best classification to place it in would be Young Adult or Fantasy.

As to the book itself, it is very enjoyable. I liked the main character development as well as the surrounding relationships even though I did feel at times that they where forced into acting the way they did. Marina is at times very troubled and that makes her easy to relate to. I did find her cousin very interesting though I do believe he should have been developed more.

There where only two issues I have had with the book and one I have already mentioned and that is supporting cast development and second would be that the ending seemed rushed. The confrontation with the antagonist at the end seemed almost to easy. This could be because there is more coming in other books though I would consider the end of this one an almost stand alone.

I did like the book and think it deserves to be read by those in their young teens.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Juliesmom on March 01, 2012 : star star star star star
This book was a guilty pleasure for me. I have enjoyed the few mermaid books I've read, and this is at or near the top of my list in that genre. The characters were enjoyable and the romance was sweet, exciting, and age appropriate. I liked the pace the author used to reveal facts about the mermaid world and the main character's place in it. She didn't drag it out too long, and she didn't spill it all at once. I'm looking forward to giving the second book a try. Great YA read, good for any 14 year old I know.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Autumn Siegel on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star
I was not impressed with this book. I received a free copy through a book club I joined on goodreads and i'm glad I got it free. The main character was not believeable. She jumped from emotion to emotion unnaturally and I kept waiting for her to have a heart to heart with her father about being a daughter of a mermaud. The characters just never felt developed enough.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star
Read from February 23 to 26, 2012

Delightful, engaging YA Mermaid Story.

Marina has traveled the world with her father, but when he is headed to Afghanistan he refuses to allow her to join him like usual. Instead, she must spend her senior year with her aunt and cousin and attend public school for the first time in her life. She leaves behind San Fransisco, and heads to Atpos, and much smaller town by the sea. Is drawn to the water, and quickly 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, let alone worry about mythological creatures....

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book. I even stayed up late the final night I was reading just to find out what happened. The ending seemingly buttoned up a little more quickly than I would have liked. Foreshadowing to the sequel was good, almost too good- I was expecting a few "revelations" during the first book that did not come to pass. Sweet and innocent, but does not suffer, in my opinion, from the "love at first sight" syndrome; the story allowed time for the romance to begin and grow at a normal pace. As it is a YA story, don't go into this expecting hot and heavy romantic action; but there is still romance aplenty. This is a book you can give to a teen without worry of inappropriate or too adult themes.

I liked the variety of characters. Just because it had surfers and on a beach, they were not all blonde, ripped magazine cover teenagers. The main character was brunette, there was even a 'plumper' redhead friend... there was not an over-use of stereotypical, cookie-cutter characters. I really appreciated the diversity.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys YA, likes a mermaid story, or even just paranormal/urban fantasy in general. It was a charming book definitely worth reading, and I will most definitely look at getting the sequel see how it continues...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Feb. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
Read from February 23 to 26, 2012

Delightful, engaging YA Mermaid Story.

Marina has traveled the world with her father, but when he is headed to Afghanistan he refuses to allow her to join him like usual. Instead, she must spend her senior year with her aunt and cousin and attend public school for the first time in her life. She leaves behind San Fransisco, and heads to Atpos, and much smaller town by the sea. Is drawn to the water, and quickly 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, let alone worry about mythological creatures....

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book. I even stayed up late the final night I was reading just to find out what happened. The ending seemingly buttoned up a little more quickly than I would have liked. Foreshadowing to the sequel was good, almost too good- I was expecting a few "revelations" during the first book that did not come to pass. Sweet and innocent, but does not suffer, in my opinion, from the "love at first sight" syndrome; the story allowed time for the romance to begin and grow at a normal pace. As it is a YA story, don't go into this expecting hot and heavy romantic action; but there is still romance aplenty. This is a book you can give to a teen without worry of inappropriate or too adult themes.

I liked the variety of characters. Just because it had surfers and on a beach, they were not all blonde, ripped magazine cover teenagers. The main character was brunette, there was even a 'plumper' redhead friend... there was not an over-use of stereotypical, cookie-cutter characters. I really appreciated the diversity.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys YA, likes a mermaid story, or even just paranormal/urban fantasy in general. It was a charming book definitely worth reading, and I will most definitely look at getting the sequel see how it continues...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bonnie on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star
Review originally posted to Hands and Home blog Feb 28, 2012 http://www.handsandhome.ca/2012/02/between-the-land-and-the-sea-by-derrolyn-anderson.html

The Story: I really had no expectations when I began reading this book as it was my first mermaid story and with the exception of Disney’s Ariel I had zero frame of reference. I am happy to say that from the very beginning this book had me hooked.

Marina is a 16 year old who has travelled the world with her father and lived an extravagant life with her Aunt Evie. Nothing however could have prepared her to move to Aptos with her bohemian Aunt and edgy cousin while her dad travels to Afghanistan for work. Marina tries to navigate her way through the trials of high school and run ins with the “popular” crowd (a completely foreign concept to her) all the while wishing to understand her draw to the sea and her mysterious connection with a Mermaid named Lorelai.

I was particularly impressed with how well Anderson was able to portray Marina’s lure to the sea. It was psychological, emotional, physical and completely out of Marina’s control which I have to admit had me on edge more than once. I kept waiting for something sinister to happen and was beginning to become suspicious of almost everyone in the book (probably due to the fact that I have been reading far too much paranormal YA these days!).

The Characters: Marina was a great protagonist and I found that I really liked her. She was smart, confidant, and most of all genuinely kind and likeable. If I had one complaint it would be the focus placed on all of Marina’s designer clothes and accessories. I understand that her relationship with her Aunt Evie and therefore her extravagant gifts (and her appreciation without obsession of them) was a big part of who she was, but it got a little old after a while.

I really, really loved Ethan. Finally a male YA character who is not a jerk. Seriously, Ethan had the smoldering looks and popularity but he was also caring, hardworking and thought for himself rather than following the stuck up crowd that he hung out with. I loved that Ethan was a character that did more than surf and wander idly through his days. He had plans and wasn’t afraid to work for them. In my opinion this is the kind of character that we should hope to see more of in YA. There was an edge to his personality which, combined with all of his positive characteristics, made him most definitely swoon-worthy!

The Romance: Would you believe it if I told you that this is a YA book that does not fall victim to the curse of instalove. While the attraction between Marina and Ethan is nearly immediate, it actually takes them quite a while to get to know each other, trust one another and develop their relationship into anything serious. There are definitely sparks and they are believable because it took more than one look for them to develop. Ethan is the epitome of the sweet, caring guy but he has enough roughness to him to make him appealing. He is a good guy with a little something that could be dangerous lurking under the surface – and I think we will see more of that in the next book.

The Writing: When Derrolyn Anderson approached me to review this series I had not read many indie authors and had never read a mermaid book so I was going blindly into this read. Since that time I have read quite a few books by indie authors and was impressed by the caliber of Anderson`s writing – and not just as an indie author but for any published author. There were a few speech elements that I found distracting and a little annoying (for if you read the book you will probably see what I mean) but other than this bit of stylistic nit picking I think Between the Land and the Sea was a really well written book.

Final Verdict: I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to any fans of YA, paranormal fiction and mermaids!

I received a review copy of Between the Land and the Sea from the author (thank you!!!) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh on Feb. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
This is my first time posting a review. I loved the book! It took me back to a time when I wanted to be a mermaid to swim in the ocean with the dolphins.The author made me fall in love with the characters. My favorite character was Aunt Evie. Who wouldn't love to have someone buy you whatever you could wish for, take you to wonderful places and let you borrow very expensive cars. In the book as in life we all have decisions to make to choose right or wrong, love or life. I can't wait to read the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Arnold on Feb. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
The actions, reactions, and feelings of the characters seem realistic.

Ethan is an complicated, understanding and interesting character. He is the perfect match for Marina.

Marina develops well throughout the story. She is very mysterious. As the story goes on you find out more and more about her and start to understand her better. Marina isn't very good with opening up and sharing things with others.

I can see why Marina and Ethan are together. Their lives are so very similar. They are both extremely caring and protective with each other. They don't doubt each other and would believe whatever the other said. That I'd say is true trust and is hard to find. Their love is very strong and intimate. I must say that I love reading about them being together. I love how Megan and Cruz are always making fun of them. You can tell straight away that they have a very bumpy road ahead of them.

Cruz is very supportive and sweet. I understand his reaction from when he found out about his dad. He seems to see the best in everyone. He is able to stay grounded when people are rude to him.

Megan is understanding and seems pretty pushy. I'd say she's a bit girly. She'd be a pretty good match for Cruz.

I am actually kinda upset that Cruz and Megan didn't end up together. They'd be a cute couple. Although Cruz seems like he'd be more interested in guys, I think he and Megan would be great together.

Martin is a great father. I'm dissapointed and feel Marina's pain when he had moved her over to Aptos so he could go to Afganistan. If it were somewhere else safer, I would be furious. However it is a very dangerous place he is in, and I understand his need to protect her. Even though I am dissapointed in him moving Marina to Aptos and going somewhere else, I would be extremely mad at him if he had taking her along. For one he'd be failing his job as a father in some ways. Also we wouldn't get to read that magnificent adventure in Aptos. I'd like to congratulate him on winning the award - if he were real!!! Hahaha.

Did this book meet my high expectations? Almost, because I could guess quite some of the events that happened in the story.

Would I recommend it and who? Yes. I'd recommend it to all fantasy and romance lovers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Arnold on Feb. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
The actions, reactions, and feelings of the characters seem realistic.

Ethan is an complicated, understanding and interesting character. He is the perfect match for Marina.

Marina develops well throughout the story. She is very mysterious. As the story goes on you find out more and more about her and start to understand her better. Marina isn't very good with opening up and sharing things with others.

I can see why Marina and Ethan are together. Their lives are so very similar. They are both extremely caring and protective with each other. They don't doubt each other and would believe whatever the other said. That I'd say is true trust and is hard to find. Their love is very strong and intimate. I must say that I love reading about them being together. I love how Megan and Cruz are always making fun of them. You can tell straight away that they have a very bumpy road ahead of them.

Cruz is very supportive and sweet. I understand his reaction from when he found out about his dad. He seems to see the best in everyone. He is able to stay grounded when people are rude to him.

Megan is understanding and seems pretty pushy. I'd say she's a bit girly. She'd be a pretty good match for Cruz.

I am actually kinda upset that Cruz and Megan didn't end up together. They'd be a cute couple. Although Cruz seems like he'd be more interested in guys, I think he and Megan would be great together.

Martin is a great father. I'm dissapointed and feel Marina's pain when he had moved her over to Aptos so he could go to Afganistan. If it were somewhere else safer, I would be furious. However it is a very dangerous place he is in, and I understand his need to protect her. Even though I am dissapointed in him moving Marina to Aptos and going somewhere else, I would be extremely mad at him if he had taking her along. For one he'd be failing his job as a father in some ways. Also we wouldn't get to read that magnificent adventure in Aptos. I'd like to congratulate him on winning the award - if he were real!!! Hahaha.

Did this book meet my high expectations? Almost, because I could guess quite some of the events that happened in the story.

Would I recommend it and who? Yes. I'd recommend it to all fantasy and romance lovers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexandria Theodosopoulos on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star star
This was a great read! I really enjoy mermaid books because there always so much talk about beach life, surfing, and their lives are always completely different than mine.

I enjoyed getting to know Marina and Ethan. The two seemed like a good pair even though I couldn't understand what kept Ethan around in the beginning. She wasn't that nice to him and was really awkward whenever he was around. It bothered me that for over half the book we didn't get one little inkling of how she felt about him. I was assuming she liked him but was avoiding her feelings but that was just me guessing how she felt. After a while though I really liked them together.

I thought the way the mermaids were calling to Marina was original. I liked that she had powers even though they weren't ever really explained why she has them. Hopefully we find out those details later in the series.

I was a little confused because the story seems to be from Marina's POV or at least we would know what she was thinking but every once in a while we would get what someone else was thinking and that bothered me a little. Also some of the conversations didn't seem to flow naturally or I felt like I was missing a couple of lines.

I loved that Cruz and Meghan seemed like real people. I also loved Aunt Evie - she was so much fun!

Overall, an enjoyable read that I will be reading the next book of. If you are a fan of mermaid books I would pick this one up!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marina Stevkovska on Feb. 26, 2012 : star star star star
While I was reading this book, I thought, oh, my god, this was book about me. My name is Marina, too. I love the ocean, too. I am curious person, too. Even I'm not a teenager anymore, and I don't dress like a diva like Marina does, this was a book about me. LOL!

The main character is Marina, a sixteen-years-old girl, who lost her mother at birth. Now she travels around the world with her father. But, she has to settle down, hang out with friends at her age and go to normal school, so her father leaves her with her aunt and cousin. She doesn't like it first, but when she meets Ethan, it's a whole different story. Her whole world changed when she had almost drowned, and there, near that old boat, she saw a mermaid, yes, a mermaid, with a face like hers, eyes like hers, calling her "sister".

And now, her whole world turns upside-down.

I found myself really enjoying this book. I liked the writing. This is my first mermaid book , but it won't be the last. This is young adult book, not much for my age of thirty, but it was entertaining. There were romantic elements in the book, but this book can't be classified as romance. I was expecting more paranormal stuff, but that was it. My opinion is 3,5, but if I have to choose whole number, 4.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: E.L. Manning on Feb. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved this book! It was absoletly amazing. The characters, the story line, everything was GREAT. Marina is so strong and brave and it's a very heartwarming story. Derrolyn Anderson did an awesome job and I can't wait to read the next one!
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Review by: E.L. Manning on Feb. 25, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this book! It was absoletly amazing. The characters, the story line, everything was GREAT. Marina is so strong and brave and it's a very heartwarming story. Derrolyn Anderson did an awesome job and I can't wait to read the next one!
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Review by: Rinesh Hegde on Feb. 25, 2012 : star
I was super excited to read a fantasy book about Mermaids. Unfortunately this is one of those books which makes you think why on earth did I even start this Book. The topic is good and I was expecting more out of it but unfortunately I was disappointed with the outcome. The story has a good pace and the characters are much much better then the usual YA books or Chic Lit books. Still the way the story was built the end was really disappointing, it actually felt that the author was told to please finish the 1st part asap.
The worst part is there is nothing in this book that will make me read the 2nd part. There is no intrigue at all; the end is the end that's it. I don't think I would have known that there is a 2nd part if it was not mentioned at the start.
Hopefully the 2nd part will be better then this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sgunnell on Feb. 25, 2012 : star star star star
I fell in love with the story of Marina from the beginning, since I'm an avid lover of the beach, the storyline sucked me right in (kinda like the mermaid did Marina)..Ethan was a great guy, Cruz, Evie Abby & the rest of the characters were so enjoyable & funny...Derrolyn did an excellent job bringing out the characters so the reader could feel every detail ...from fortune tellers to mermaids, this book was an excellent read

I purchased series 2 & 3 this week also
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lynxie on Feb. 24, 2012 : star star star star
So, Between the land and the sea... what do I need to tell you to get you to read this?

Marina is a truly astonishing character, I felt like I was reading about one of my friends. Her thoughts and reactions were fairly realistic, which made this whole story more believable. There's nothing worse than reading about someone who finds out something incredible, and instantly believes it without any sort of mental anguish and struggle to understand. Marina did this brilliantly. I felt like I was experiencing this with her (sort of like a little shadow following her around).

I didn't fall in love with her, probably because she was a bit hard-headed and stubborn and that annoyed me, but I WANTED to experience it with her.

One of those things I would like to have experienced was Ethan... ooh boy! Derrolyn, I hope a real version of Ethan exists somewhere for you to drool over! Ethan was pretty much the epitome of male perfection in my eyes. He was handsom, strong and caring. He shared his emotions and didn't get all macho. If I had one complaint, it might be that he was a little too perfect, it did seem to make everything wrap up nicely. He seemed too eager to please Marina, and that lost him some points in my book. I mean I'm all for a guy worshipping his woman, but that was a little too... erm, cheesy?!

My all time favourite character in Between the land and the sea was Cruz (though I HATE his name!). He is probably the character that drew the most emotional response from me. I could really relate to his struggles, and grinned like a fool when he was experiencing some of his well earned rewards.

Mermaids aren't really high on my list of supernatural beings to read about, but Derrolyn you have piqued my interest and I fully intend on adding book #2 to my 'to be read' shelf right now.

Thank you for the incredibly well written story you have shared with us all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on Feb. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
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 town.

She 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 swimming lessons 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 birth to her. Now she has a choice to make that will affect her whole future.

This was a relly good read. It flowed smoothly and was easy to follow. No distracting typos.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on Feb. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Between The Land and The Sea is a romance fantasy book about a girl who discovers her true identity after having to move back to live with her paternal aunt and cousin due to her father leaving for Afghanistan. The author develops the story and characters interestingly enough however I find Marina to be a little annoying and predictable. The book offers a modern fairy tale version of The Little Mermaid with a hint of Cinderella (having a Aunt Evie instead of a Fairy Godmother)and a mix of some asian folklore as well. This is my first YA Mermaid book and was pleased that it was a fun and easy read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Feb. 17, 2012 : star star star
Between the Land and the Sea is a tale of Marina's struggle to find the truth about her mother. Her father sends her away to her birthplace, Aptos, where she reconnects with family and makes new friends.

Marina's change in attitude throughout the story came as a surprise. In the beginning she acted like the whiny, spoiled brat she claims she doesn't want to be. Once she settles down and gets comfortable in Aptos her fierce, protective, and selfless side comes out. Despite her fears, Marina navigated through high school like a pro, putting the bullies in their place and sticking with the outcasts.

The mermaids were kind of scarce in the story. They weren't right at the forefront but always talked about, being the center of Marina, Ethan, Cruz and Megan's speculation.

Between the Land and the Sea is a story for readers who love mermaid folklore and characters who understand the value of love and friendship.

*ebook provided by author through Shut Up & Read's Read It & Reap review program.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Feb. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
This was an amazing story. The descriptions of the beautiful mermaids was so vivid you could almost see them in your mind. This story is about Marina and her search for who she is and who her mother was. She goes to her Aunt Abby's and cousin Cruz's house for her senior year while her father was away in Afghanistan. She inadvertently meets Lorelei the mermaid and then embarks on a journey to discover herself. With the help of Cruz,Megan and Ethan the hunk also her boyfriend she searches for her answers, where she finds she must make a very important decision.
This was a wonderfully written book and I can not wait to read Marina's Tales.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Hasty on Feb. 12, 2012 : star star star star
This book is adorable and delightful. Marina doesn't know she's from the sea as her mother died giving birth to her and her father just doesn't talk about it. They live in the city where her neighbor lavishes her with designer clothes and hand bags and fancy cars, and, kind of like a wealthy benefactor from an Austen novel, is always there when Marina needs to dress or drive to impress. While her scientist father spends a year in Afghanstian, she is sent to live with her eccentric tofu eating aunt and her goth designer son. As Marina learns about herself and her past, she helps those around her find their true selves. This is especially true of her relationship with her cousin Cruz and his friend Megan. Through Marina they both learn that outside their small town they are normal and wonderful.

I enjoyed that this book is set in a real town (that I would love to visit someday), you can see pictures on Anderson's official blog.

I also enjoy how Anderson writes a story where the main issue isn't the fact that Marina is part mermaid, but the fact that she was never told. I also like that her relationship with Ethan, a delicious blonde surfer boy, is forged through the water and a mutual secret.

This book has a cliffhanger and happy ending at the same time with everyone wrapped up in self assurance and coupledom.

You know come to think of it, if Jane Austen were a modern woman who wrote about mermaids (fun to think about right!?) I bet she would have written a book like this one, or at least she would have been inspired by it.

I look forward to reading the rest. I hope there are only four.

There are a handful of issues that bug me (for instance, Marina's father, who is not existent throughout the book, wins the Nobel Prize and I'm supposed to care and how many times can we have hospital stays, really), but they do not, in any way, harm the story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: laura thomas on Feb. 05, 2012 : star star star star star
Follow marina as she discovers the meaning of friendship, family and first love. With vivid descriptions and attention to detail, I felt a connection to human and mythical charcters alike. I look forward to more in this series. A must read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Amanda R. on Feb. 02, 2012 : star star star star star
A great story that I really got into. I enjoyed the characters and plot. The first book in the series...I can't wait to read the rest.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tag on Jan. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this story. Never read any mermaid stories and was totally immersed. Lots of characters intermingled well within the main story. An excellent read .
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) on Jan. 14, 2012 : star star star star star
Series like Marina's Tales are exactly why more people should give Self-Published and Indie published authors a chance. When I found out about it - a series about mermaids - I knew I wanted to read it because to my recollection I've never read any mermaid stories before. Great call, Asheley! Between The Land And The Sea is the first book in the series and I loved it.

Let's talk about why you should add Between The Land And The Sea to your to-be-read list:

1. The Characters. There are a ton of characters in this book, and they are all incredible, well-developed, and three-dimensional. They are all people I would want to know. It would take up too much space to list the things I love about them all, but I'll tell you about the main characters:

**Marina. After growing up wealthy and privileged in San Francisco, she moves to Aptos while her father works abroad. There, she lives with cousin Cruz and Aunt Abby in a very small house. Marina never knew her mother but was 'mothered' by Aunt Evie, the eccentric and famous lady next door that loved to lavish her with expensive gifts. While in Aptos, Marina discovers she has a love for the ocean and comes to realize this is because she is part-mermaid. She also falls in love with Ethan.
**Ethan. Handsome, tanned, working-class boy who becomes Marina's love interest. He surfs. He works hard and has goals. He's patient and kind and protective. Loved him.
For so many of the characters to be high-schoolers, they are all so believable. They are going through what high-school age people go through, they aren't overly mature, they don't speak overly adult-like. Ethan has a good head on his shoulders and his patience and level-headedness balanced out Marina's girlish emotion and occasional bad decisions. And the adults, particular Aunt Abby and Ethan's father, were wonderfully believable as well. Only Aunt Evie was outlandish - but that was written into her character and there's a reason for it. Great, great set of characters.

2. The Setting. Aptos. I want to move there. Not only is the town described well but the description of the houses, the farmer's market, and the shore are equally great. I've spoken before of how sometimes, to me, settings can be like characters -- Aptos seems to be very fleshed out, if that is even possible. I love my own real-life proximity to the ocean, but I still found myself wanting to live in a place like Aptos.

3. The Mermaids. I'm new to this area of the paranormal. The mermaids are fascinating to me. Beautiful, with their own language, and their skin glowed in the water! Oh, and they communicated with animals! They were also very protective over Marina, which came in handy for her a few times when she was clumsy or made some bad decisions. These same mermaids seem to have some sort of strong pull over Marina that always led her toward the ocean, which was a little fascinating and mysterious and strange...I had to keep reading because I had no idea where this would end up. What a payoff, though.

4. The Romance. I love this romance. There is no triangle because Marina and Ethan have eyes only for each other the entire time! Theirs is the very definition of a slow-burn, and it was so lovely to read. I personally enjoyed the scenes between Marina and Ethan more than I did the scenes with the mermaids, but this is undoubtedly because Ethan is so doggone charming.

5. Surfing. I know pretty much nothing about surfing, despite loving the ocean so much. But there's plenty of surfing in this book and I thought it was neat.

I know I'm sounding repetitive, but this story was so much fun to read. It is definitely a romance but with the mermaid element, there is definitely some extra supernatural spunk. I didn't really know what to expect, as it was my first mermaid book, but I really loved the story and once I finished it I started book two fairly quickly.

Author Derrolyn Anderson has put together a strong series opener with Between The Land And The Sea. The characters, the setting, and the romance are all written incredibly well. If you're a fan of Indie authors, I'd love to introduce you to Marina's Tales. If you are a fan of mermaid stories, these are incredible. If you love slow-burning romance, you'll love Ethan! If you're a fan of the ocean in any way, you'll find something in this book that you'll love. Between The Land And The Sea is age-appropriate and will be enjoyed by YA readers as well as adults.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jen Bagofcheerios on Nov. 21, 2011 : star star star
I have yet to read a mermaid book that I don’t like, and that remains true after reading Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson.

Marina has never really gone to school, growing up with tutors and home-schooling, traveling with her scientist father. She’s liked it that way. It gives her time for her art and to grow closer with her “aunt” Evie, fashionista extraordinaire. But her father has decided that while he must go on yet another trip, it will be safer for Marina– and better for her, if she goes to live with her Aunt Abby and cousin Cruz in Aptos, California and attends high school.

The beginning of this book moved pretty slowly, so it took me some time to get into it, but once things got moving, I was sucked in. Marina was developing relationships with those that she’s growing to love on land, like her family and the adorable Ethan. But once discovering that there’s a mermaid– maybe even mermaids– that only she can communicate with in the nearby waters, she didn’t seem to be able to stay away.

I always enjoy seeing how authors interpret mermaids to suit their novels, and I loved how Anderson describes the child-like brand of mermaids that Marina encounters. I particularly loved how Marina’s brain– sometimes scientifically wired, thanks to her father– tries to figure out exactly how mermaids would be biologically classified.

It seemed at times that this was a bit more plot-driven than character-driven, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, this was a fun read and (if you’ll pardon the pun) I look forward to splashing into the sequel.

Overall rating: 3/5. Delightful and fun. If you want to dive into a mermaid book for a bargain (only $0.99!), this one’s for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carina (Fictional Distraction) on Nov. 18, 2011 : star star star star
My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
This is a story which you'll want to read within a few hours and it's so wonderfully written that it's possible to achieve this. Since I had a lot of other things to do, I needed a little bit more than a day, but whenever I had time to read, I would pick this up and try to be a part of Marina's wonderful world again. Such a lovely novel!

More detailed:
Between the Land and the Sea is a story about a young girl who is thrown into the world of high school and crushes, while having to deal with the realization that she might have a close link to the paranormal world she is slowly discovering. It's beautifully written and I loved seeing Marina grow comfortable in Aptos, making friends and slowly finding out more about her heritage.

Marina is a very likeable character. Between the Land and the Sea is told by a first person narrator from her point of view and it's easy to relate to her feelings and to see the world from her perspective. I love how much she cares for the people who are close to her and how she has no problem to stick up for them. She's a very good friend, daughter and niece and overall a lovely main character.

All the other characters are really great, too. Ethan, Marina's love interest, is very down-to-earth and cares about other people just as much as Marina does. They're a good couple and I'm really looking forward to see how their relationship will develop in the future novels.

The other characters that we get to know better are great as well. I'm mostly thinking of Cruz, Marina's cousin, Megan, Cruz' best friend, and Abby, Marina's aunt. They all share Marina and Ethan's good character traits. But I have to admit that I would have preferred to see some flaws. They're so perfect - it's like they never make mistakes and I hope to see some more character development in the sequels.

But besides this, I really liked this novel. I haven't read many mermaid stories yet and I'm completely intrigued by the world Derrolyn Anderson has presented us so far. Hopefully Marina will find out more about the mermaids in the sequels since I'm definitely looking forward to see more of their world. All in all, Between the Land and the Sea is a wonderful novel that you should give a chance, if only to witness this beautiful style of writing.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Penelope Lolohea on Nov. 13, 2011 : star star star star
Mermaids! I am a big fan of mermaids, and Between the Land and the Sea is an awesome addition to the genre. I loved everything about this book, and am so glad I had the opportunity to read it.

This book has a bit of a slow start, but is hard to put down soon after the beginning. Things develop at just the right pace to keep anticipation levels up right until the end. Other things happen in Marina's (the main character's) life besides mermaid stuff, and I found it all fascinating. There is a good mix of mermaid, mystery, and real life.

This book does characters right; they are all three-dimensional. Marina's cousin, Cruz, is one of the coolest, most original characters I have seen. We also really get to know Marina well...and most importantly, the hot love interest is very well-developed (and boy, don't let me talk about him too long...I may never stop). Even the dialogue between the characters is very genuine. Bottom line: don't expect to find any flat characters here.

The romance in this story is sweet and tender, giving the reader just enough to be tantalized, and leaving just enough out to be carried away by imagination. Marina and Ethan's relationship is so real, I was surprised. There's no insta-love; things develop slowly and neither is interested in jumping into the relationship too quickly. They interact as an actual couple would, and even have arguments that are resolved realistically. Sure there are times when one of them goes to extremes, but it is always done in reaction to the fantastical events in the book. I'm actually not sure when I've last seen a relationship this real in a book. Kudos!

One thing that I kept noticing is that there are a lot of sentences that had an archaic use of the word 'for.' Example: She stopped, for she had seen the place before.... Every time I hit a sentence with this usage, it brought me out of the story. This is more of a personal pet-peeve, though, so others might not even notice it.

Also, the ending happened pretty quickly and after all that had happened working up to it, I would have liked just a little more. It was still satisfying regardless, and I am very excited to read the next book in the series. Overall, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a summer day.

*This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever
*I was provided with an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Petra Poet on Sep. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
Marina is going to live with her aunt and cousin while her dad, an expert in the field of agronomy goes to a dangerous country to help. Until now it's always just been the two of them living a vagabond lifestyle, but she quickly feels at home due to the attraction to the boy who has saved her twice and an explainable pulled to the sea. Marina and her cousin Cruz both share the tragedy of losing a parent as infants. The subject of her mother isn't something she can ask her father. In the past, he has always refused to answer any question and becomes so depressed that she's given up asking. Her need for answers is putting her in danger and forces her to make a decision that will effect the rest of her life.

This was my first book involving this particular mythical aquatic creatures and I enjoyed Derrolyn Anderson's take on the myth. All the sceneries, scents and colours were beautifully described. One thing that I'm so glad this book has in common with a few others I've read and really enjoy is how strong the secondary characters are. They have they're own distinct personalities. Sometimes I find myself forgetting or mixing up secondary charachters, which shows me how unimportant their role is and makes plots where they're spotlighted something I wouldn't really enjoy because they're not important to me. That wasn't the case here.

There was a lot more action and mystery then I anticipated, plus the love story wasn't as straightforward (they see each other and immediately fall in love) as they tend to be. While Marina's story is the main focus, it isn' the only one. It's a very unique story and I look forward to reading what Derrolyn Anderson has in store for the characters next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kimyunalesca on Sep. 15, 2011 : star star star star
I don’t read much stories about Mermaids but I like how Ms. Derrolyn Anderson put a very modern twist in a very old fairytale for me that felt a touch of the little mermaid in her novel series. To be honest I’m afraid of the ocean more likely I got pure high respect for it and of course sharks! The mere thought of it makes me scream! In the beginning of her storytelling made me more at ease upon thinking that somewhere out there in the vast wide blue ocean there’s a mermaid that’s always and will be looking out for us.

This story’s about a girl named Marina I like her name though a bit cliché it goes well with the story, it’s very now..this is also where Marina will learn how to adjust with her environment, going to a real school and I’m so thrilled for her entering High school yey! Though I’m a bit sad that she was left behind by her father its still concerns about her safety and just being a normal teenager experiencing life,boys,fashion,exploring almost everything, making new friends and so on. There are tear jerking parts which I love especially at the end makes me all aww..yet puzzling for her story’s just beginning ^_^
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah (Workaday Reads) on Sep. 15, 2011 : star star star
Marina has always lived a life on the road with her scientist father. When he decides she should spend her last year of high school with her aunt in "regular school", Marina is not happy. But shortly after she arrives in the pretty beach town strange things start happening. Marina almost drowns twice, and comes face-to-face with a mermaid. Maybe this year won't be so boring after all.

This is a very sweet story. There is surprisingly a lot of action, mixed in with very unique characters. Marina's cousin Cruz is definitely quirky and lovable. He is a fashion designer in training, and is delightful to meet. His exuberance and energy leap off the page and left me smiling everytime he entered the scene.

I found Marina's closed nature and difficulty in opening up to and accepting help from her family and friends very frustrating. It made sense based on her lifestyle and experiences growing up with her father, but it was still very frustrating.

I was confused about the family structures present. There were no two parent families, only single parent families, with the missing parent either dead or run off. Everyone was in this situation, and it just seemed a little extreme. I was also concerned with the cluelessness and absense of the existing parents. Marina's father was easy to accept since he was on the other side of the world, but the rest of them? You would think that all those single parents would be a little more tuned into the happenings in their children's lives.

Overall, this was sweet and unique story. The mermaids were not quite what I expected, in a good way, and the storyline itself was different and fresh. This is a story that will appeal to a variety of ages.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kristina Marino on Sep. 04, 2011 : star star star star star
It seems like mermaids are the new things in YA books and I’ve only read a couple, but I have to say Between the Land and the Sea has been my favorite! The characters were great and relatable, the plot was original and entertaining and the writing flowed nicely!

Privileged teenager Marina, is forced to move from San Francisco to Aptos, California to live with her Aunt Abby and cousin Cruz, while her dad has to go overseas for work. Marina would rather go with her father, but as soon as she gets to Aptos, she immediately feels at home. Aunt Abby is welcoming and nurturing and Marina and Cruz pick up right where they last saw each other (which was when they were still children). She even meets a wonderful, swoon-worthy boy named Ethan. For the first time in Marina’s life she has friends and a crush and she is really happy with where she is. One day while Marina is on the beach she sees a Mermaid on the coast and immediately feels a connection to her. She begins to learn secrets about her mother (who died during childbirth) and Marina realizes who she really is. Marina plans on finding out the secrets that the sea is holding, no matter how dangerous it is, or how great the costs are.

Marina was such a great character! Even though she grew up with money and got everything she ever wanted from her “Aunt” Evie (her rich and famous neighbor who loves to spoil her rotten), she was grounded and down to earth. She cared about people and was willing to sacrifice her own life for those she cared about. I loved her cousin, Cruz! He was so different from other characters in books today, and I felt he brought so much to the story. He was into fashion and truly was a very talented fashion designer. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to be who he was. The love interest, Ethan was wonderful! I have to say that he is one of my favorite male characters out there! I loved that even though he was one of the most popular guys in school, he didn’t care what people thought. He was nice to Cruz, even when no one else was, and he wasn’t arrogant or thought he could get by on his gorgeous looks. Ethan was responsible and a hard-worker, and an all-around great guy!

I really have nothing bad to say about Between the Land and the Sea. It was so much more then a mermaid story. It had everything that I could want in a book, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read it. I HIGHLY recommend everyone go and buy this book TODAY! It is completely worth the money (it’s only a $1, so you have no excuse for not buying this awesome book!!).

The second book, The Moon and the Tide, is already out and I can’t wait to get started with it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rabid Reads on Sep. 03, 2011 : star star star star
I always start reading an indie published novel with a bit of trepidation. An independently published book can either be very good or very bad. There's rarely a happy middle. I'm pleased to report that Between the Land and the Sea falls into the it-kicked-ass category! The story is overflowing with intrigue, budding romance and paranormal goodies. Also, the characters are well-developed and engaging. And finally, who doesn't love a good mermaid story!?

My favorite part of this book would have to be the story line. The pace is great. Derrolyn Anderson reveals just enough to keep the plot interesting without giving up too much and as a result, readers are left guessing until the end. There's also a few nice side stories that run parallel to the main one and they compliment each other well. Among them are the blooming romance between the two main characters, Cruz's growing fashion career and Marina's cryptic origins. Needless to say, there's never a dull moment! Having multiple plots can sometimes be dangerous because you run the risk of the story becoming too weighed down and confusing. Rest assured that that's not the case here. Derrolyn maintains a nice balance throughout this book.

Ethan is a mega hunk! I'm ashamed to admit that I was crushing pretty hardcore on him because he's only 18. Darn these Young Adult novels for making me feel like a perv! He has that sexy, doesn't-try-too-hard, surfer look going on. Ethan's hot but doesn't really seem to know it or at least he doesn't flaunt it. Plus he's a hard worker and is taking planning for his future quite seriously which is a rare trait to find in someone so young. Okay, I need to stop swooning over this guy! Moving on... Marina's story is quite fascinating as well. I enjoyed how she slowly discovers the truth of her past by bits and pieces. I couldn't help from speculating on the possibilities. It turns out that I was right but I still appreciated the journey. The only thing about Marina's personality that irked me a bit is that she's fiercely independent. She keeps everything to herself thinking that no one will understand but when she finally reveals all her friends are super sympathetic. Surprise, surprise!

As the book drew to a close I started to get a little worried that Derrolyn was going to leave me stuck with a killer cliff hanger. I was immensely relieved when I got to the last page and that wasn't the case. There's still some questions that are left unanswered which made me crave the next installment but overall I was satisfied. Between the Land and the Sea is one of the better mermaid books on the market and if book one is anything to go by, The Moon and the Tide is looking like a sweet read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Iben Jakobsen on Aug. 04, 2011 : star star star star
With the exception of some goofy films here and there I haven't seen or read anything mermaid related since HC Andersen's tale of the Little Mermaid (Danish, by the way) and Disney's much more child-friendly version. Between the Land and the Sea was a very sweet return to the mermaid genre and works really well as a YA book about a girl who comes to face with her own identity and despite the very generic Goodreads summary, the love story in it is very sweet and believable. It's not all sticky sweetness though, not at all, there's both action and adventure beautifully woven into the threads as Marina steps into character.

Marina's discovery of her mermaid ancestry is quite gripping and her way of dealing with it as well as finally being in a proper school surrounded by people her age after years of travelling with her dad, was enjoyable to follow. Though a bit too easy, the friendships seem genuine and I grew to care about all the main characters.

Marina is in many ways your typical heroine; she's good and selfless, loyal and brave - sometimes to a fault. Her sidekicks Megan and Cruz are both enjoyable and though they aren't delved much further into, I came to like them. Ethan is a steaming hot hunk of *ahem*... Ethan is really nice too.The characters are a tiny bit too generic, the main ones each being amazing in his or her field of interest, but overall the story and their places in it works out very well.

The take on the mermaids was great. I loved how feral they were, so untouched by the oblivious humans, albeit some of them might feel the lure of a mortal life with all its ups and downs.

All in all, as the plot graph below also shows the story had me hooked all the way through and it was a quick but very enjoyable read. I don't think mermaids will become the new vampire black, but so much the better. The ending was predictably sweet and very much left me wanting to read on.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Darla Greer on July 19, 2011 : star star star star star
I was surprised when Derrolyn asked me to review her books and I am so happy she did, I loved Between the Land and the Sea. The mermaids are depicted perfectly and I can believe that mermaids are off the coast of California.

The characters in this book are loveable.Marina is strong, loyal, and selfless. She always cares about the others around her first before even considering herself.

Ethan was not what I was expecting. I was expecting some jock who was a major jerk and Ethan was the exact opposite. He is very protective of those he cares about and will do anything for them. Ethan knows what he wants and works hard for it.

I really loved the secondary characters. Cruz, Meghan, and Evie are awesome. Cruz and Meghan are hilarious. I think everyone wishes for an Aunt Evie to spoil them.

Between the Land and the Sea is a fast paced enjoyable read. If you like mermaids - this is the book for you!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robyn Johnson on July 19, 2011 : star star star star
Marina is not at all happy about her father deciding to leave her behind in Aptos to live with her aunt, Abby, and cousin Cruz, while he works in Afghanistan. Not until she actually arrives and her life begins to change, that is. Of course she has all the typical issues of your average high school student to deal with--being new in school and not being part of the “right” crowd. However, Marina also has a few bonuses thanks to her rich Aunt Evie. Soon after moving, Marina finds herself drawn to the ocean and the mermaid who seems to know something about Marina that no one had previously mentioned.

I found this to be a wonderful coming-of-age type of story. The characters are vibrant and come alive. Over the course of this story, Marina learns about who she really is, plus the story has adventure, romance, and suspense built into it. I enjoyed the read and stayed up later than intended on more than one occasion just so I could read one more chapter.

I enjoyed Between the Land and the Sea so much I started the next book, The Moon and the Tide, the same day I finished it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Snyder on July 11, 2011 : star star star
Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson is an exciting and thrilling young adult mermaid story. Surprisingly, I haven’t read that many books on these particular supernatural creatures, so I was looking forward to diving into the story.


Marina is a strong heroine who prides herself on being independent. Sometimes her closed-off nature gets her into trouble, because she doesn’t want to burden others with her problems. Like all good characters, Marina isn’t perfect. She has flaws, but tries to work through them. I certainly wouldn’t say that she is over her independent streak by the end of Between the Land and the Sea, I expect it is something she will struggle with throughout the whole of the series.


This being a young adult romance book of sorts, Marina’s relationship with Ethan takes up a lot of the book. However, it doesn’t overwhelm the story. There are plenty of other plotlines that keep the romance from taking over things. Plus, their relationship develops at a reasonable pace. Marina doesn’t throw herself at Ethan and Ethan earns her trust over a period of time. They also have ups and downs, which keeps things realistic. After all, these are teenagers – moods swings, hormones and all.


As far as the secondary characters go, there were some I loved and some that were just so-so. Abby, Marina’s aunt felt very familiar to me, she reminded me of a lot of my friend’s mother. She was a bit offbeat and incredibly kind. However, Marina’s cousin and his best friend fell a bit flat for me. I felt like they were one-dimensional and they did not really make a big impression on me. I also felt like at times Cruz’s (Marina’s cousin) storyline pulled the focus off of Marina’s. Cruz’s storyline certainly had a different tone than Marina’s and it disrupted the flow of the book.


Another element of the story that kind of threw me off was the sheer perfection of Marina’s world. At times things were just too difficult to believe – and I don’t mean her aquatic heritage. Marina was just too perfect – she’s a brilliant, beautiful globetrotting teen who has a wildly successful father (he wins a Nobel peace prize) and an unbelievably rich “Aunt” who lives to dote on her with lavish gifts - I am talking about prada, Gucci and sports cars. Then, her cousin, Cruz, is supposedly this undeniably talented teen fashion designer (who Aunt Evie takes under her wing). I just think that Marina’s real world is too far-fetched. These portions of her life are supposed to be rooted in reality and I just can’t say that I bought it. The unrealistic aspects of her life certainly affected the overall feel of the story and I think that to a point, it hindered it.


That being said, I did enjoy the fantastic portion of Marina’s life and things that directly pertained to it. I thought that her relationships with and reactions to the mermaids were incredibly intriguing. I don’t want to give plot points away, but things get dark and dangerous and I thought Anderson did a great job with the pacing. That’s why I had a hard time with the “realistic” portions of the book – they created a light, fluffy tone, when I much preferred the darker feel of the mythical side to the story.


Although I had a few issues with the book, I really did enjoy Between the Land and the Sea. Marina was an interesting character who is forced to deal with some very exciting and complicated challenges. Ethan was a decent love interest and I cannot wait to see their relationship develop further. The book had a few pacing errors, but when it was solely focused on Marina’s storyline the pacing was spot on. I am looking forward reading the sequel, I cannot wait to see where Anderson takes things from here. This was definitely a great start to a series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jenn Donnelly on June 26, 2011 : star star star
RECEIVED FROM: The Author For Review


***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

Marina is about to start her senior year of high school in a new school, the first she's ever actually attended, and for the first time without her Dad there to support her. Marina's father is a agronomist who's spending the year in Afghanistan to help them develops ways to feed their country, while Marina is going to Aptos, California to live with her Aunt Abby and her cousin Cruz in their little seaside town. She believes her life is over until she encounters a sexy boy named Ethan and an ethereal mermaid name Lorelei. Soon she's drawn into the little seaside town and the mysteries of the ocean it borders, embarking on a dangerous quest to find out who she is and where she comes from. Will she survive to discover the answers she seeks?

The summary isn't the best description of the book, but lately I seem to find myself staring at a blank screen forever just to try to find the right words to both summarize and review the books I've read. I don't know if it's having a blog that's creating this loss for words in my writing or just some temporary mental block, but hopefully it goes away soon. Anyway back to the review.

This book is really more of a 3.5 stars than 3 but I don't do half ratings since I copy my reviews to my different profiles it's easier to stay with solid stars since that's what the other sites use. I actually only found two things that I think detracted from what is an otherwise well written and interesting story, however one of them was just so big that it dropped my rating considerably.

The first thing that bothered me, and this is actually the smaller one was that the characters seemed to have this inside joke that was never explained to the reader. There's multiple scenes with giggling characters where I didn't really understand what was so funny. To the characters in this novel there's apparently something hilarious about the statement "That's what she said." I didn't get it and there's nothing worse than being on the outside of a joke. Okay well there is, but it still sucks when you're left out.

The thing that I thought was the major flaw with this book was the Mary Sue tendencies of the characters and their lifestyles. They weren't quite perfect but they were darn close, at first I wasn't going to ding this book so hard for this, but it was her father winning the Nobel prize that kind of put it over the top for me. Marina has traveled extensively attending online school because her father is not only a brilliant agronomist (a job that to be honest I'd never heard of before reading this book.) but also holds a faculty position at a prestigious university. Apparently he's powerful enough that Marina can get her own way on all her classes just by mentioning his name to the school guidance counselor.

She herself is brilliant and is only attending high school because her father feels she's too independent and needs to learn to be around her peers. It's pretty apparent that no one really expects her to learn anything new academically there. Let's not forget that's she's beautiful and mystical as well.

Her neighbor, who's pretty much adopted her to the point she's referred to as Aunt Evie, is a retired fashion model who dresses Marina is Prada and other top of the line designers just because she enjoys doing it. If that weren't enough with this flamboyant character she has a basement full of expensive cars that she lets Marina learn to drive on and oh she's the original fashion "it" girl. Not to mention the fabulous Evie spends her time searching out hidden talents in fashion and music and helping them succeed in the business. (I seriously need an Aunt Evie.)

Her cousin Cruz, though a social outcast is a brilliant but as of yet undiscovered fashion designer. His best friend Meghan is a song writer with the most amazing voice. And we can't forget that Evan the boy who falls for Marina is the hottest and most respect guy in school. He's the best surfer on the beach, works all the time to achieve his future and adores the perfect Marina.

I had planned to mention this from about the introduction of Aunt Evie, but I hadn't planned to make as big of a deal of it in my review until Dad won the Nobel prize. That's just what put it over the top for me. The only negative things really in the character's lives is that Ethan doesn't have a lot of money and his mother ran off when he was only a kid. Cruz is a social outcast, and believe his father died in a car crash when he was a baby only to learn later that his father was a married man who tried paying his mother to abort him. Meghan is overweight and also a social outcast. And finishing out the social outcast crew is Marina who's mother died in child birth. It's as if the writer has found a couple flaws she likes and just attributed them to every character.

The book however is extremely well written, fast paced and a quick and enjoyable read. The plot has some interesting twists and turns that keep readers turning the page. The only thing I think the writer needs to learn is that perfect characters may lead wonderful lives, but it's harder for a reader to relate to characters whose lives they envy than a characters who has just as many issues as they do. Overall though I really did enjoy reading this book and I would recommend it to others who enjoy young adult urban fantasy novels. It's an excellent debut novel from a writer I look forward to reading more of. There's an obvious talent in the writing and the ability to weave a page turning story. I only hope that the characters become a little more believable in future works.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah on June 18, 2011 : star star star star star
Summary: Mermaids. Surfing. Romance. Danger. All wrapped up into one exciting YA series. Sixteen-year-old Marina has been traveling the world with her father her entire life, but when he is stationed to work in Afghanistan for a year he leaves her at her Aunt's house. He hopes she will finally be able to live a normal life and have the teenage/high school experience. She feels at home right off the bat and even meets a good-looking surfer named Ethan. Marina is just settling in when strange things begin to happen to her--she meets a mermaid who looks all too familiar and Marina cannot stay away from the sea. She discovers secrets pertaining to her past and encounters some life threatening situations.

My Thoughts: I have not read many stories about Mermaids and this one really had me hooked. It was refreshing to read a new concept on mermaids and Anderson's take on it. This is one of those fast paced books since you're so caught up between the characters, mystery, and plot.

Lets start with the characters: I loved the characters that Anderson creates, they are realistic and funny. I liked how Marina was really just a sixteen-year-old girl; she was strong, but also needed to ask for help from her friends and family and that made it genuine for me. The side characters are great, I loved the relationship she had with her cousin Cruz and Megan and I would want them as friends. Of course we have Ethan, the love interest in the story and I liked how their relationship played out. They didn't rush into it and there was some tension lingering between the them. Anderson does a great job writing the characters because I empathized with them and was rooting for them throughout.

Now onto the writing: The writing style was fantastic and it kept the story going; there was not a dull moment and there was always something there to peak my interest. The story is told in first person (by Marina) and we get a sense of her emotions and how she personally deals with the conflicts in the book. Another thing that I enjoyed was dialogue--I found myself lost in their conversations at times.

Conclusion: I would say this story is a fun summer-read-type book and I would recommend it to those who are into YA romance books (with a bit of supernatural element added in). There are not many YA mermaid books that I know of and after reading this, I want to pick up some more. Anderson's take on the mermaid mythology was unique and I definitely want to learn more about the mermaids in this book and I hope that she elaborates more as the series progresses. I enjoyed this book and I am already on the next one in the series: The Moon and The Tide.Check this book out!

Here's the review straight from my blog: http://booksaur.blogspot.com/2011/05/between-land-and-sea-marinas-tales-1.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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