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

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Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, 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 some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...

And maybe even find true love along the way.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Marina has to spend her senior year living with her aunt Abby and cousin Cruz as her father travels to Afghanistan.  She is not thrilled to be going or attending an actual high school.  She has no idea how to interact with people her age. 
Once she arrives she finds that she and Cruz have a lot in common.  She relaxes more and more.  Then she meets Cruz’s friend Megan and her nerves diminish.  She has two friends to do things with.  She isn’t alone.
However she also meets someone new that shocks her.  Lorelei knew her mother and Marina is determined to learn more even if it puts her life in danger.  She knows that Lorelei won’t hurt her at least on purpose.  After Ethan saves her for the second time, she shares her shocking secret.  Cruz and Megan know about Lorelei but not why Marina is so determined.
This story was interesting.  Marina is shipped to her aunt’s house and she isn’t happy.  I was ready to dive into a story of a girl being an outsider then slowly settling in to a new place.  That was only part of the story.  The paranormal spin that the author added was what surprised me.  Mermaids lived off the California coast.  It was a fascinating twist.  The secrets behind the mermaids and why Marina is drawn to them is shocking.

I loved Marina’s character and her friends.  Cruz and Megan were accepting and everyone needs friends like them.  Ethan was sweet and their relationship was sigh-worthy.  Unfortunately Marina is stubborn about trying to do things herself.  That was one thing that irritated me about her.  She refused to ask for help.  I wanted to shake her.  Other than that I liked the story.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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