Where you can find Between the Land and the Sea: Amazon
Date of publication: March 19, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Marina is a privileged girl. She’s spent a childhood traveling the world with her scientist father, and is doted on and pampered by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie.
Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when Marina is sent to live with relatives in the foggy seaside town of Aptos, California. Only a few weeks after arriving, she has nearly drowned twice, discovered a supernatural creature, and caught the eye of the hottest guy in school.
Mysterious forces seem to want something from her, and if Marina can manage to survive her dangerous encounters with an unpredictable mermaid, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past.
And maybe even find true love along the way…
This wasn’t your typical mermaid story. It was typical where the teen girl finds out that she is a human/mermaid hybrid and that she has great powers. What I didn’t count on was that the mermaids were kinda evil. For some reason, that got to me. Mermaids to me shouldn’t be evil or made out to be evil. 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 story. I do wish that more time was spent on Marina’s father but him being out of the picture allowed for her character to grow.
Will I read this again? You bet and I am planning on reading the rest of the series.