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 an entertaining young adult novel about teenagers and mermaids. Marina goes to stay with her aunt and cousin as her father goes off to another third world country to help them grow food. Marina has never been in a regular school before, so she goes through a lot of the usual teenage aches and pains trying to learn to fit in. Seeing mermaids definitely doesn't help any!
The story ran smoothly, the romance between Ethan and Marina was very sweet. The supporting characters were all very well done and a joy to get to know. I liked that the author made the mermaids more child-like than callous, dangerous beings.
Overall, Between the Land and the Sea is a delightful book to read. It's the first book in Derrolyn Anderson's Marina's Tales series, the second book is The Moon And The Tide, which I will be reviewing in a week or two, so stay tuned!
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