Sea Change by Aimee Friedman is an enchanting summer tale. If you like mermaids, islands, and romance, this quick beach read is not to be missed!
Having just split with her boyfriend, and fought with her best friend, Miranda is totally fine with leaving New York for the summer. Her summer destination: Selkie Island, near the Georgia coast, to help her mother clean out and organize her late grandmother’s estate home known as The Mariner.
On the ferry ride over to the island, she hears a lot of gossip about Selkie Island, and many people warn her to beware of the mist that surrounds the isle. Upon arriving, Miranda quickly hears gossip of mermaids who can emerge from the ocean and walk on the shore.
And of course, a cute guy is involved. Miranda soon meets Leo, a mysterious islander with emerald green eyes and (naturally) she falls for him and begins meeting him on the beach, amongst the mist.
“Leo kissed languidly, a kiss like he had all the time n the world, a kiss as hot and slow as the summer itself. I understood why people sometimes went crazy, risked everything for a kiss.”
Then, as Miranda stumbles across books on selkies, mermaids, and mermen among her grandmother’s possessions, she can’t help her roaming imagination as she wonders about Leo’s amazing ocean-swimming abilities and the fact that he seems to just “appear” out of the water.
“I wanted to tell Leo that I’d imagined him as a merman so he could laugh with me too. But the mere word was too absurd to even say out loud. Merman.”
While the characters are only surface deep, this magical story gets a three out of five stars from me. If you’re looking for a light beach reach, Sea Change is the book for you!
“There was something dangerous about him, as there was about all the revenants. Just knowing that a fatal accident could be right around the corner must make humans more cautious, a trait that Vincent and his fellow revenants didn’t possess. Their lack of fear of injury, or even death, gave them a reckless confidence that was both thrilling and terrifying.”
Die For Me by Amy Plum completely plunged me into the romantic world that is Paris: Tiny cafés, the Seine River, The City of Lights. Now just add to that a romance with an otherworldly, dangerous, beautiful guy and you have yourself a recipe for a thrilling, amorous tale!
Both of Kate’s parents have died, leaving her and her older sister Georgia to pack up their New York lives and move to Paris to live with their grandparents. While Georgia deals with her grief by partying and being a social butterfly, Kate closes herself off to everything and everyone, finding solace only through the escape of reading.
“I had begun to feel like I was encased in a layer of ice. I was cold inside. But I clung to the coldness for dear life: Who knew what would happen if I let the ice thaw and actually began to feel things again?”
“My mom said I was an escapist at heart…that I preferred imaginary worlds to the real one. It’s true that I’ve always been able to yank myself out of this world and plunge myself into another.”
But then, Kate meets Vincent: dark wavy hair, piercing blue eyes, chiseled features all over. As Kate starts to spend time with Vincent, slowly the ice begins to melt. However, when things seem too good to be true, it’s usually because they are.
You see, Vincent isn’t a normal human guy. He and his “family” have a specific destiny they are ordained to fulfill. This particular fate scares the crap out of Kate, and she tries to run from it—tries to wall herself up in the confines of her bedroom. But in the end, she just can’t resist the call to be with Vincent—finally ready to open her heart again.
Will Kate risk it all just to have her heart crushed again? Is letting herself love again worth the risk? You’ll just have to read this book and find out 😉
Four out of Five stars for this intriguing Paranormal Romance with a fascinating new lore.