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review 2018-05-10 19:04
Started off So Well Then it Just Went Flat
Shearwater, Part One: An Ocean Depths Mermaid Romance - James D. Murphy

2.5 stars
Mermaids, Irish Folklore, Magical Arts, Teen Drama and Ireland. How could I not give this book a shot ? I'm glad I did, I see an author to watch here. There were flaws, but there was something alluring too. The story was interesting, the beginning started strong, with mysterious events, people, magic and a new location. The author spent a lot of time researching and detailing mythological stories to give us a history behind the beings involved. The imagery was well written and easily visualized. I was sitting on the edge of my seat when the first part ended. Sadly, I did not have the same felling through the second part.
The second part of the story dragged long and slow for me. it was over filled with detailing of these myths and magics, all dry and too long. I felt like I was reading a school text through some of it. The characters just went flat for me, they seemed very stereotypical in their teen roles. The mean girl, was a cut out replica from other books. The MC was emotionally stoic when we were to feel something for her character, then she'd be enthusiastic at odd times. Oh and she withheld information because it wasn't the right time to bring it up ? Oh I really hate that, it's a life or death situation and a character decides to talk about it later after dinner or party or...There was a stabbing that was just left out there, dead bodies with strangeness all around that was barely talked about. It was frustraiting, I felt like the author got lost in the story trying to check off all the must haves in a young adult read. Hot guys-check, Hot girls- check, Love triangle- check, Dead parents- check, Mary Sue MC- check, School bullies-check, Unfair teacher- check, Clothing drama-check, Feeling of inadequacy-check, Super duper powerful MC-check.
I am not sure if I want to read more in this series. I see talent but it need tuning, an editor, and some good beta readers.

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review 2014-03-13 18:02
Who Knew Leprechauns Could Be Sexy?
See Me - Wendy Higgins

3.75 Stars!

 

I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Fae stories, but I am a fan of all things Irish and an even bigger fan of Wendy Higgins, and I enjoyed this! 

  

SEE ME is a fast paced, heartwarming story that is sweetly romantic and at times, laugh out loud funny! (The conversation between Robyn, Cass and their Mom on the plane cracked me up.) It's filled with lots of engaging characters and imagery that made me long for another visit to the Emerald Isle. My favorite part though, was watching the relationship between Robyn and McKale unfold.  It wasn't instant nor was it easy, but it was so worth it in the end.

 

There's a little bit of everything in SEE ME; action, adventure, magic, fantasy, romance and humor. And believe me when I tell you, you'll never look at leprechauns the same way again. ;)

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