The first book in the Jane True series, when I finished this book the first time, I immediately went and bought the second one. Jane True, after living her entire life secretly swimming in the incredibly dangerous waters near her home, has been through the ringer. Her mom disappeared when she was just a wee girl, and her boyfriend–her true love–died as a result from a misguided rescue attempt to save her from the swirling waters she swam in. One break down and several years later is where this story takes off, and Jane comes to learn that her little quirk isn't so unusual. Not for her town, and not for the supernatural people that hide there, and while Jane might be half-human, she has a full-blood power, more than enough to show her a whole new world; one full of sabotage, sexiness, and Selkies.
Really though, I love Jane. Nicole Peeler is able to write an incredibly convincing heroine. One who discovers herself, while threading herself through the maze of the new world she has been thrust into. She finds that there really is life after the death of someone you love, and even while you bear the scars of your past, you can still have a future full of happiness and love. This book is action packed, and just a book-hangover waiting to happen.
The only thing I don't like about this book is that there isn't a sequel. It needs one, though it didn't leave off on a crazy-bad cliffhanger or anything, it still NEEDS one! It's an easy read, about Miranda, who travels to the house her mother spent her childhood summers in. It's on a small southern island, filled during the summer months with the rich and respectable. But rather than hanging out with the spoiled children of her mothers old friends, a local boy named Leo catches her eye. And instead of parties and hijinks, it's the local legends that pique her interest, especially after she swears she saw something impossible after Leo saves her from a near-drowning. Legends about mer-people and while Miranda delves further into the family's past and discovers buried secrets, she realizes her family might be more intimately tied to the islands mysteries.
Book 1 in the Dolphin Prophesy and FREE!!! I had the pleasure of meeting Amy at UtopYA this summer, and after doing a little book swap, DEVOURED this book the following week. It's unique, and (like all the best books) has a basis in reality AND a nice underlying soapbox issue for me to get behind. Another Island book, filled with traditions and dolphins and surfing. Basically, my kind of book. There's mystery, hunky friend-turned-something-more, and a just a really awesome world. The protagonist is far from clueless, which is what I like to see from a good leading-lady, and doesn't just sit on her behind and let things fix themselves (which they never WOULD). Even though this book is based on the other side of the continent than Gathering Water, the island life that she wrote about was very similar to my own experiences with it. I love that she remained so accurate to the culture that surrounds coastal towns, while giving us a very new and interesting addition to the genre. I can say, without a doubt, that I'd never read anything like it, which is a HUGE compliment. Ocean–and ocean LIFE– lovers should definitely check this one out... all you other people should too, and be prepared to be converted!
The first book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga, and Nora just does it again. This, more than any other book, reminds me of home. Maybe it's because I'm FROM the Chesapeake Bay area, and still have family there, or maybe it's because Nora Roberts is the shiznit. This series follows a family of brothers, banding together to follow their adoptive fathers dying wishes. Like themselves, he'd adopted another troubled boy, and unless Cam, and his brothers, can get his act together, little brother Seth will be shoved back into the system. Each brother has his own horrid memories from the time before the Quinns, and will do anything to prevent Seth from that life. Especially since he's already escaped it before. Cam must retire from his exciting racing (boat) life, and become a stay-at-home... er... brother. While juggling the chores and constant vigilance over a troubled boy, he also has to deal with Seth's well meaning, and beautiful, social worker.