Release Date: March 19, 2011
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Series: Marina's Tales
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Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. Just a few weeks after moving to the 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 manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past and learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her... and maybe even find true love along the way.
Marina is going to live with her aunt and cousin while her dad, an expert in the field of agronomy goes to a dangerous country to help. Until now it's always just been the two of them living a vagabond lifestyle, but she quickly feels at home due to the attraction to the boy who has saved her twice and an explainable pulled to the sea. Marina and her cousin Cruz both share the tragedy of losing a parent as infants. The subject of her mother isn't something she can ask her father. In the past, he has always refused to answer any question and becomes so depressed that she's given up asking. Her need for answers is putting her in danger and forces her to make a decision that will effect the rest of her life.
This was my first book involving this particular mythical aquatic creatures and I enjoyed Derrolyn Anderson's take on the myth. All the sceneries, scents and colours were beautifully described. One thing that I'm so glad this book has in common with a few others I've read and really enjoy is how strong the secondary characters are. They have they're own distinct personalities. Sometimes I find myself forgetting or mixing up secondary charachters, which shows me how unimportant their role is and makes plots where they're spotlighted something I wouldn't really enjoy because they're not important to me. That wasn't the case here.
There was a lot more action and mystery then I anticipated, plus the love story wasn't as straightforward (they see each other and immediately fall in love) as they tend to be. While Marina's story is the main focus, it isn' the only one. It's a very unique story and I look forward to reading what Derrolyn Anderson has in store for the characters next.