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Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales) (vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Derrolyn Anderson

Sarjat: Marina's Tales (1)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 15) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Between The Land And The Sea is the perfect book for YA readers who enjoy paranormal fiction but are getting a little sick of vampires, shifters, demons and angels. There have been a few books published recently that focus on mermaids, but the market is nowhere near the kind of saturation-point that has been reached in hot-vampire circles. Mermaids have always appealed to me because they combine the Disney innocence of The Little Mermaid with the power and fear of the ancient Sirens, and Derrolyn Anderson has done a great job of combining both of those popular images in this first instalment of the Marina's Tales series.

Although Between The Land And The Sea involves a lot of scene-setting and character-introducing and is, by no means, all action from start to finish, Anderson's pacing is such that the reader is nonetheless tugged from one chapter to the next. Just as Marina is enticed towards the sea, so the reader is drawn into the book through a combination of likeable characters and the mystery of Marina's experiences. Anderson is a master of the slow reveal, feeding information to her audience at just the right pace to hold the reader's interest.

Marina is a likeable protagonist, even if she is probably a little too perfect for most readers to be able to identify with. I think that her travel-heavy upbringing was an inspired character choice on the part of the author, because it gives her the self-awareness and adaptability necessary to swiftly incorporate each new revelation about the mermaids and her connection to them into her world view.

Ethan is just as likeable as the sexy surfer who Marina falls for at first sight. Although his looks make him the most popular boy in school, his appeal is not a shallow one, as he is depicted as being hard-working, ambitious, down-to-earth and caring as well. By the end of the book, a few of my questions about Ethan remained unanswered, but I am sure we will learn more about him later in the series.

I also enjoyed Cruz and, in particular, the fact that Anderson allows him to be a talented fashion designer without feeling the need to make him stereotypically camp – or even to make an issue of his sexuality (one way or the other) at all. Indeed, I think that gender is dealt with very well in Between The Land And The Sea, whether in terms of Cruz's interest in fashion and manner of dressing or the representation of the mermaids as both protectors and physically powerful beings.

My only real issue with the novel was the fact that a lot of the main characters were a little too-good-to-be-true, meaning that I found it difficult to identify with any of them. Marina is beautiful, smart, talented and spoilt rotten by her honorary aunt. Cruz is an exceptionally talented designer, while Megan's abilities lie in the field of music. Even Ethan is fantastically good looking and a talented surfer. (And as for Marina's father and the prize he wins in the latter half of the book...) In some ways, the mermaids feel more realistic than the humans! But I know these things come down to personal taste and, while I might prefer my characters to be a little more ordinary, I know there are a lot of readers out there who enjoy the fantasy of characters who go beyond the lives that most of us will live.

Between The Land And The Sea is an enjoyable and entertaining novel with an exciting plot and a strong sense of location that leaves the reader feeling as though they'll need to brush sand off their clothes once they're done. I shall definitely be checking out more of Derrolyn Anderson's work.

4.5 Stars - rounded up, rather than down, for a change ;)
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  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Take one dash Twilight (for the romance), add a tablespoon of “under the sea” magic (for the not often tackled mythical creature choice of mermaids), and shake violently still you achieve a color of serene sea blue (for the action and pitfalls that befall our cast of characters). That’s what this book brings to readers. Fantastic start to a promising trilogy.

Marina really came to life on the page and I genuinely enjoyed getting to know her character. She’s not your typical teenage girl getting all swept up in popularity contests, “who’s the fairest of them all” concerns and lavish things (though she does have those things thanks to Aunt Evie …who’s not really her aunt, but that’s a story for another day). She has heart and a desire to follow it. She takes the path less traveled and does what she deems as right not because it’s what everyone is doing but because that’s how things should be. She treats those around her with respect and courtesy unless of course they need a good dose of reality of which she’ll happily oblige. Even before we discover shades of blue in her past, it’s easy to see why she becomes fast friends with Megan (quiet and artistically gifted), understands her Cousin Cruz (a fashion designer in the making), and snags the attention of one surfing Adonis named Ethan (~insert wolf whistle here~ …seriously, there is more than looks to this guy as we soon find out). She’s true to herself (once she gets past the splash from her past) and exudes confidence despite her many examples of klutziness executed in perfect form (yeah, been there, tripped over that…) which spells true beauty both inside and out.

The cast of characters surrounding her are varied in their likes and dislikes and might I say that the stereotypical mold is no where to be found when it comes to their true colors, a fact I found refreshing. The descriptions of both land and sea take you places you may never have been but will vividly see right before your eyes. Travel the coastal road and gaze down at the beach (and surfers...hehe) below. Stand on the beach and watch the wave’s crash on the shore. Cut through the water at astounding speeds and surface in the great blue beyond with only the stars to light the sky above. It’s a verbal picture waiting to be painted on the canvas of your mind….so what are you waiting for? Grab a “paintbrush” and get to work!


In summary, if you couldn’t tell…I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly anticipating the nest two books in the series. Recommended reading for Young Adult fans of all ages. Any “questionable” scenes are demure enough while still packing an emotional punch…and the language is kept clean.
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  GRgenius | Sep 15, 2019 |
Loved this book. It was hard to put down. The characters seemed to come to life. This was a sweet love story. She found out a secret about her mom that affected her life. She had to choose between her inheritance and love ( )
  campmom | Oct 11, 2013 |
Mermaids, and surfers, and divas! Oh my! Think you can handle it?

Anderson artfully depicts an impressionistic tale in the style of realism. As I came to the end of the first of Marina's Tales, I realized that I had come to accept her story as a believable reality; fins and all. Am I crazy? Maybe. But update GIDGET, throw in some "Fierce!" PROJECT RUNWAY, add in the LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS (now THE FABULOUS LIFE OF...), and layer it with scenery of San Francisco along with the coast of Aptos; you can get a glimpse of the life of Marina. Extraordinary creatures didn't phase me since I became spoiled by default. Awesome but child-like mermaids are just the icing with a cherry on top.

These mermaids are definitely unique though as far as their orgins and struggles with ADD...who knew that being immortal could have its disadvantages? Between the Land and Sea is a beautiful, sweet story that wouldn't let me go until I finished its pages. Follow Marina as she discovers her mysterious past to answer the puzzling present. Future...will she have one? ( )
  CLovestoread | Apr 27, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this. Review to come. ( )
  nicola26 | Mar 29, 2013 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 15) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Very hard to put down. Well written and great teen romance.
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