Thursday, 24 October 2013

Surfacing (Swans Landing #1) by Shana Norris

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Shana Norris, Fiction Addiction, and Netgalley.
Surfacing (Swans Landing, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.

But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.

Surfacing by Shana Norris

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Surfacing (Swans Landing, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Shana Norris, Fiction Addiction, and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Mara is moving to the small island of Swan’s Landing to live with her father following her mother’s death.
Some of the people of Swan’s Landing are less than welcoming though, and some even seem racist towards Mara for what she assumes is her dark skin, but in truth it seems it is something else.

Mara has heard talk of the ‘finfolk’ – people who are able to transform underwater to have a tail rather than legs and breath water instead of air, but Mara never thought that this would have any impact on her life.
Why do the residents of Swan’s Landing hate Mara so much? Why did her father never travel inland to visit her? And what of the finfolk?

This was an okay story about a girl who discovers she has ties to the sea, and I liked the romance.

The characters in this book were all quite argumentative, and bitter! They all seemed to argue among themselves, and there wasn’t a single person in the town who wasn’t feuding with someone else it seemed! There was even a real race-hate thing going on, and so many people were just angry! Even Mara was angry, seemingly at everyone, although this was probably in part due to her grief over her mother’s death.
My favourite character in this was Josh (the love interest) though, who was so sweet and so supportive, and made such a good match for Mara.

The storyline in this was okay if a little predictable in places. I thought that the way that Mara found out what she was was a little odd, but it accomplished what needed to be accomplished!

My favourite part of this book was the romance between Josh and Mara, although I didn’t appreciate the love triangle. Why Dylan needed to be in there I don’t know! When Mara and Josh were together though it was really sweet, and I really wanted things to work out for them.

The ending of this was alright, but for me it was a little sad, and didn’t really tie all that much up. I’m guessing that you have to read the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens to Mara and Josh but I real hope that they end up together!
Overall; an interesting fishy tale with a sweet romance.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Still not sure about this one. I am nervous to read it.