Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reviews: Two Books by Derrolyn Anderson

Between the Sea and the Land
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publication: Self-Published


Description: 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.


My Thoughts: I found this story to be entertaining and engaging. The characters were well-rounded and realistic. I liked Marina. She seemed like a real teen who resented having her life rearranged by her father. Her reluctance to go to live for a year with her aunt and cousin in a small Northern California beach community and attend the local high school. She is clearly intelligent and independent. Once she arrives in Aptos she becomes reconciled to her new situation and begins to make both friends and enemies. She even meets a boy - Ethan - who intrigues her. 


There are strong elements of wish fulfillment in this story. Marina has an adopted aunt - Evie - who is the embodiment of any fairy tale's fairy godmother. Evie is rich and famous and determined to give Marina anything she wants even before she knows she wants it. Marina is used to the wealthy lifestyle of fancy cars and designer clothes. But she isn't spoiled. She is also a very accomplished artist.

The story takes a turn to the paranormal when Marina sees and talks to a mermaid who calls her "Sister." I liked that the mermaids were not just portrayed as humans with tails. Lorelei was not human. She didn't understand human culture. She was a creature of nature. Marina was fascinated with her and the mermaids were equally fascinated with Marina. Marina has to fight against the mermaids' desire that she give up her human life and live as a mermaid with them.

 Marina also develops a love of the sea and surfing. Ethan is an excellent surfer and teaches her and then is astonished at how quickly she learns it. It becomes almost an addiction for her. The book is filled with both adventure and romance as Marina needs to decide which holds her more strongly - the land or the sea.

Favorite Quote:
Megan and Cruz were dead-set against my meeting with her; they had no idea why I was being so stubborn. They say her as a supernatural creature that had nearly killed me and I saw her as a key to unlocking the mystery of my past. I wasn't about to be swayed by their fears.
The Moon and the Tide

Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publication: Self-Published

Description: Just when things seem to be all figured out, Marina discovers that there's a lot more going on behind the scenes than she ever imagined. When a terrible accident exposes her secret, she discovers that her whole life has been one big lie, and has to cope with more than one kind of betrayal.

A dangerous enemy arrives on the scene, putting her bravery to the test and forcing her to use all of her new-found talents to protect her family. Will good win out over evil? Can love triumph over jealousy?

My Thoughts: In this story Marina gets more and more addicted to surfing and lets Lorelei lead her into more and more dangerous situations. This causes conflicts with Ethan because he can see the danger and Marina can not. An old girlfriend of Ethan's makes an appearance in this one. When Ethan lies about seeing her, Marina feels both hurt and betrayed by him. 

Evie is also determined to break them up because she sees Ethan as being too controlling. Marina learns lots of new things about Evie and Evie's role in her life in this episode. She also learns more about her life as a hybrid and what that could mean both for herself and for her friends.

A new enemy appears too. This one wants to have Marina's powers to bring out the best in people under his control. It seems that there are factions of hybrids who want to use Marina's powers to gain power and wealth and are willing to do anything to control her. 

I enjoyed both of these stories and look forward to the third book in the series - The Fate of the Muse. I think that these books would be engaging for any young adult reader who likes their romance with a bit of the paranormal. Unfortunately, without a print copy being available, these will be restricted to those with ereaders or who are willing to read on the computer screen. 

Favorite Quote:
What he didn't know is that I doubted my ability to stop; I craved the feelings I got flying through the surf, free from reason and all sense of time. It could only be compared to an addiction; I needed more and more danger to get the same thrill. I could see the trajectory my behavior would take. This was bound to end badly.
The author asked me to read and review these and offered to send my copies. I bought mine at Amazon. They are also available at B&N, Smashwords, Diesel, Kobo, etc.


2 comments:

  1. I've only read Between the Land and the Sea and loved it! I can't wait to read the second one. Great review!

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  2. The cover of the first book is stunning!
    Thanks for the review.

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