Sunday, 24 July 2011

Between the Land and the Sea (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

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.
Between The Land And The Sea is the first book in the series "Marina's Tales". Her story continues on in book two, The Moon And The Tide.

This was the first book I read by an indie author so I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I was entranced from the prologue!

Also, I totally have a thing for books that deal with sea creatures, so that helped!

I love the setting of beach communities and Aptos seemed like such a beautiful and picturesque place.

Derrolyn’s writing was very descriptive and I could imagine everything so clearly.

However, there were parts that were anecdotic and I thought they could be omitted as they had no relevance to the plot!

Other than that little glitch the story flowed smoothly and I finished the book super fast.

The protagonist Marina was an extremely likable if somewhat bella-esque character.

Ethan is a total hottie. He is a surfer and the perfect guy.

I would have liked the romance to be a little more intense. I hope we get more making out scenes in the next book! Haha! Are you listening Miss. Anderson?

I loved the way mermaids were portrayed in this book. It was a fresh and interesting take.

All the secondary characters were three-dimensional and I don’t find that often in a book! There were characters mentioned barely twice and even they were unforgettable and interesting.

Ooh and I have to mention that there were several TWSS (That’s what she said) jokes that had me laughing at loud.

I am definitely gonna read the second book in the series.

Altogether, a light, enjoyable and summery read.

Recommended to all lovers of YA paranormal.

You can buy this book from amazon or check out

Aptos is a real place in California and the cement ship in the photos below features prominently in the novel.

                      Sea Change By Aimee Friedman



  1. This sounds like a really good book. I adore Indie authors. :) Plus, I'm a huge YA paranormal fan.

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  2. OMG! what are the odds I'm actually gonna start reading this book and I'll be posting a review about it soon.

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  3. I love well developed secondary characters!! Mermaids aren't really my thing but this sounds pretty good.

  4. So many books about sea lore! I love it because I've never actually read any, but you seem to have read so many! The setting sounds gorgeous, and I'm glad the writing helps. Though Marina doesn't sound too compelling (I'm not a fan of Bella at all), Ethan sounds fantastic (I'm hoping he's more than a pretty face - gah, just un-Edward-like, please!). And yay mermaids! This book sounds interesting and witty and I can't wait to check it out. Thanks!

  5. I've had a hit and miss relationship with indies. I totally love J.L. Bryan, H.P. Mallory (though the lucky duck got herself a publisher recently) and Nikki Charles...but then there are the ones better left unsaid...this one sounds pretty good!

  6. I have this one on my computer waiting to be read!

  7. I've never read any book by an Indie author before...but there's a first time for everything and I guess this book seems like a good one to start with...


  8. Just to comment about this being your first indie book to read ... There are actually a lot of good ones out there! Check out Nicole Williams and her Eden series. It's a trilogy, and so hella good! :)



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