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Between the Land and the Sea
by: Derrolyn Anderson
1st in series
261 Pages

Feeling after finishing: happy happy happy (:


Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. In just a few weeks after moving to the small beach town, sixteen year old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can only manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past to learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her...and maybe even find true love along the way.

I found this quite a delightful read, it was my first mermaid experience and it did not disappoint. Marina has been taught by tutors her whole life due to her dads career that takes them all over the world, but now that Marina's dad is going to Afghanistan for his work, he is sending Marina to her aunt Abby and cousin Cruz in the town Aptos, Marina doesn't like this idea one bit. She has never been to a normal high school, and she could frankly do without going to one now. At first Marina resits the idea of liking Aptos, but as she becomes good friends with Cruz and his friend Meghan she begins to like the idea of this small Marina this is just a normal town by the beach, that is until she meets Lorelei...a mermaid. Marina swears she must be going crazy until Lorelei saves her life, twice. Marina decides she needs to forget about Lorelei to keep herself out of trouble, but that's all until Lorelie brings up Marinas mom.....Marina doesn't know whats going on, she doesn't know why Lorelie knows about her mom who passed away when Marina was born, she doesn't know why she is the only one that can understand Lorelie and talk to her, but she wants to find out. With or without the help of her friends or Ethan the hot guy at school that is so protective over her. As Marina gets closer and closer to finding out the truth of her life and her mother..the closer she gets to danger..and a temptation she may not be able to resist..

This book is a very nice enjoyable read, Derrolyn had sent me this book for review and I am so happy she did. She has put together an amazing story, I love the way she captured the mermaids, I could really picture them 100% clearly in my head, the way they looked, the way the moved, the way they sounded, everything, she did a wonderful job at describing the mermaids.

Not only was Derrolyns writing amazing in the sense of really capturing the mermaids and everything about them, but her characters were amazingly admirable, I found myself feeling like I really knew them, all of which were likable, even the 'mean girls' I found myself enjoying! The most admirable though was deff Marina, she is such a loving person, but wont let people walk all over her, in my head she is like the perfect main character, not too loving where it comes off unrealistic and fake, but she is also not too strong headed where it comes off unrealistic and annoying, Marina just had the perfect combination of everything. and if she were a real person outside of Marina's Tales, I would love to meet her!

In conclusion, this book was a wonderful first mermaid experience for me and a nice easy flowing read. I cannot wait till my parents get back from vacation and I can pick up book 2, Derrolyn Anderson is an author that I will be looking forward to all her future projects. (:

P.S: This book is only .99$ on Amazon!!

Check out Authors blog: here

Purchase Between the Land and Sea:here


Liz. R said...

I really enjoyed this one too! I think it was a great take on mermaids and I really liked the story and the characters. Glad you enjoyed it - thanks for the review!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

This was my first introduction to mermaids and I enjoyed the story too. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I cannot wait to start reading the second book in her story.
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Books for Company said...

This has so much praise!
I actually haven't seen an negative review on this one, can't wait to read it.