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Book Review: Between the Land and the Sea (Marina’s Tales: Book 1) by Derrolyn Anderson

Between the Land and the Sea (Marina's Tales, #1)

Format read in: Kindle

Price at time of purchase: Free

Price now (subject to change): Free

Goodreads synopsis:

Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her…

And maybe even find true love along the way.

My review:

This wasn’t your typical mermaid story. It was typical where teen girl finds out, when she is sent to live with her aunt and cousin, that she is a human/mermaid hybrid and that she has great powers (can see in the future). What I didn’t count on was that the mermaids were kinda evil. For some reason, that really got to me. Mermaids to me shouldn’t be evil or made out to be evil. Of course, I have watched The Little Mermaid one too many times….lol.

But as the story went on, the reasons why the mermaids were kinda evil were revealed and you actually felt sorry for them and for Marina.

The sub stories of Cruz, Meghan, Abby, Evie, Dutch and Ethan added depth to the over all story.  I do wish that more time was spent on Marina’s father but I do believe him being out of the picture allowed for Marina’s character to grow.

Will I read this again? You bet and I am planning on reading the rest of the series.

Book I am reading now:

Crossfire (Crossfire, #1)

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