Shadow in the Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Publication date: July 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.
Sade’s quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals’ dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood’s ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn’t fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago.
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My Musings :
I have mixed thoughts on this book. I still have not decided how much I like it but I would rate it 3+ because of the story and the characters and the writing.
The characters appealed to me from the start , from Sade to Araedyn. I could feel every nuance in the emotions of the protagonists and I enjoyed going on the ride getting involved in the characters' intense feelings. The starting was a bit slow in my opinion. It took a while to get to the main plot. But after it did, it was a very cool tale of mermaids and love at first glance. The ending made me sad a bit but it was all good.
The slow pace of the story was a negative to me since I like good or fast paced plot. Another off putting point was the absence of the antagonist, Captain Westwood. He was absent from 75% of the book I believe. He was there at the start and the end. I would have known more about his devious nature. I like reading about clever and book worthy antagonists. They make a good part of the tale.
I didn't know this was a companion novel to the first book. I just realised that when I visited the author's blog just before reviewing this book. Now I am curious to read the first book. I just might look into it. The author's writing style has definitely made me think of trying her other and future books.
My one line review : A good love story of mer with a slow pace and intense feelings
My rating : 3.5/5
My reread factor : 3/5
Sheila never did figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She graduated from college with a BFA in illustration, has worked as a children's librarian for over eighteen years, and would eventually like to be a full-time author. Why pick one career when you can have many? Sheila lives with her two pets, a goffin cockatoo and a tiny toy poodle. She was born and raised in California but has come to also love her adopted home in Utah where she currently resides.