I am a reader and reviewer of fiction. A writer of fiction and poetry. I completed a MFA in creative writing in January 2012. And a "mom" to a spoiled tabby cat and laid back dog.
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- Cleah: The Lost Fury Chronicles The Otherworld
on June 05, 2011
Cleah is a wonderful heroine who attempts to always do the right thing, although maybe a little too much. However, she is likable and I found myself cheering for her throughout. Her companion on this journey, Ronan, is a bit more flawed, making him more dynamic in the story. Both characters grow-up during their time in the Otherworld and are forced to take on new roles and challenges leading them to see each other in new ways.
The Otherworld is a fun read. The story is a coming-of-age tale full of adventure, magic, battles, and even a touch of romance. The plot of the story is well executed and the pacing keeps the pages turning.
Overall, I found this to be a wonderful fantasy. There were a few instances where I was confused by how another character were presented in the story and also some minor technical errors in the writing. However, it was easy to forgive and continue reading through the story.
- Between The Land And The Sea
on July 19, 2011
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.
- The Moon And The Tide
on July 27, 2011
This is the second book of the Marina’s Tales series. It is a continuation of the previous story and picks up just a short time after the previous book left off. In this book Marina learns even more about not only herself but also those around her. I don’t want to say more because I want you to go buy the book and read it for yourself. I enjoyed this book very much. I am glad I read it directly after finishing Between the Land and the Sea (review here).
There were some references that I thought were a bit too dated and did not quite work for this book. Yet they were easy to get past and continue reading. This book included more adventure, suspense, and drama for Marina, her family and friends. Overall, it was a wonderful read.