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

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Date of publication: March 19, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Series: Marina’s Tales

Between the Land and the Sea—Book 1

The Moon and the Tide—Book 2

The Fate of the Muse—Book 3

The Turning Tides—Book 4

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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:

Between The Land and The Sea wasn’t your typical mermaid story. It is typical when the teen girl discovers she is a human/mermaid hybrid with great powers. What I didn’t count on was that the mermaids were evil. For some reason, that got to me. Mermaids, to me, shouldn’t be evil or made out to be evil. Then the reason why the mermaids were evil was revealed. And I felt sorry for them and Marina.

The sub-stories of Cruz, Meghan, Abby, Evie, Dutch, and Ethan added depth to the story.  I wish more time was spent on Marina’s father, but his being out of the picture allowed her character to grow.

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