1) Kari at A Good Addiction has featured me today on her weekly post, Getting to Know the Little Guys. Thank you, Kari!
2) To everyone who sent me well-wishes and kind words after my home was broken into and robbed yesterday, I sincerely, sincerely thank you!
Ok, onto the good stuff now. I recently finished Sea Change, by Aimee Friedman so here's my review!
There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship...and reality.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?
Taken from GoodReads.
So, Sea Change follows the story of Miranda Merchant, spending the summer with her mother in her late grandmother, Isadora's, mansion on Selkie Island. There's tons of lore around the island about mermaids and mermen that live as ordinary people on land, but transform into mermaids when they touch the water. Miranda logically processes everything. She's newly single, spending time on an island with mysteries surrounding it, and feels completely out of place. Did I mention she was born with webbed toes? Having had it surgically removed, it definitely lends to her character being self-conscious. Without giving anything away, this story is one of friendship, love, trust, and opening your mind to infinite possibilities.
I was sent this book by an anonymous stranger, which after the events of yesterday is exceptionally creepy, but I was in love with the cover from the first second I saw it. Seriously...those blues? So pretty. It turns out that the writing was just as good as the book. While I've never read any of Aimee Friedman's work before, she has a clear and refreshing voice. She didn't make Miranda self-deprecating. She made her strong, and opinionated, and obstinate. I really enjoyed that. The only qualms I had with Sea Change is how suddenly characters changed. While it worked with the story, I enjoy reading backstory...but that's just me. I give this a 4.5 out of 5, and I would recommend it to anyone!