Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Surfacing by Shana Norris

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Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.
But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.

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I received this ebook from the lovely author Shana Norris for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book and was a nice change of pace.

Mara is a young, angry girl just wanting to be loved. She recently lost her mother to cancer. She was then uprooted from her home to go and live with her father whom she doesn't know. She at times frustrated me but I could understand a bit as to why she acted the way she did. I can't imagine the things Mara had to deal with and all the changes she went through. When she moves there things on the secluded island aren't all that they seem and she can't figure out what's really happening. I don't want to give away too much but I do just want to say that Josh is awesome. LOVED him! He was so cute with Mara. I hope we get to see more of them or a second book in the series? *nudge nudge wink wink* ;) 

I haven't read many books about merpeople and I'm glad I got the chance to read this book because it was a nice introduction into their world. I give this 4/5 stars. I will definitely be reading more books written by Shana! And go and buy this book! You won't regret it!

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