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Review: Sea Change

June 20, 2010

Sixteen year old Miranda Merchant isn’t thrilled that she has to visit Selkie Island, Georgia, after her mother inherits her family’s old summer home.  Miranda would rather stay in New York where she will be serving as a summer intern at the Museum of Natural History.  Miranda loves science and logic, and has a low tolerance for frivolity, so when a crew member on the ferry that transports Miranda to the island tells her tales of merfolk and serpents, Miranda just rolls her eyes.

When Miranda gets to the home her mother has inherited, she discovers a book on the lore surrounding Selkie Island and reads more about the tales the crew member told her.  She can’t get them out of her head, and lets her imagination get the best of her when she meets a local young man.  Or, is it her imagination?  Can the tales be true?

I was excited to get the opportunity to read Sea Change, by Aimee Friedman, since I met the author when I toured Scholastic and she explained how she came to write the book.  I have to admit that I was also a little bit apprehensive as well because I’m not a big fan of paranormal books and I thought this one might fit into that category.  I quickly found out that I worried for nothing – I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

The best part of Sea Change for me is the character of Miranda.  She’s smart and determined and knows her own mind.  Miranda won’t conform to someone else’s standards just to be cool and she’s quick to point out when things are moving too fast for her.  That’s not to say she’s perfect, though – she’s definitely not!  She does have a strong character and I found her to be endearing.

The paranormal aspects of this book are subtle and can be interpreted in different ways, so I enjoyed them too.  In fact, I think they might make a great topic of discussion for a teen book club.

I would recommend this book for the older YA audience since some of the characters treat sex casually and there is some underage drinking included – these are both minor parts of the book though.

Overall, I found Sea Change to be a treat to read!  Watch tomorrow for a giveaway of this book.

Review copy provided by Big Honcho Media.   I am an Indiebound Affliate.

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33 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2010 7:42 am

    Kathy, you’ve read a lot of books lately I have not heard of. I don’t read YA but this sounds pretty good.

  2. June 20, 2010 8:04 am

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this book. I have it on my list of books to add to my collection as I attempt to whiddle it down to managable size.

    So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  3. June 20, 2010 8:05 am

    Sounds terrific! It’s always exciting to read a book when you’ve met the author.

  4. June 20, 2010 8:11 am

    I love selkies! I’ll be back for the giveaway! :–)

  5. June 20, 2010 8:48 am

    Great review. Sounds like the book would pull you in just like the book Miranda in. Adding this one to my list. Thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  6. June 20, 2010 10:04 am

    I’ve been curious about this book since the Scholastic tour. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  7. June 20, 2010 10:09 am

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this book! I have it in the TBR just haven’t had anytime for it.

  8. June 20, 2010 10:19 am

    Terrific review! I’ll be back for the giveaway! 🙂

  9. June 20, 2010 11:47 am

    I usually don’t like paranormal books but this one sounds good. Glad you liked it. Here’s my Sunday Salon.

  10. June 20, 2010 12:27 pm

    I like a character who is destined to intern at a science museum. Depth must ensue.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  11. June 20, 2010 12:46 pm

    This book sounds wonderful! I love the idea of folklore and myths in a story and am making a mental note of the title for my wish list!

    Thanks for sharing! And the wonderful review!

  12. June 20, 2010 1:12 pm

    I’ve read this book last year and loved it! You’re so right that the paranormal elements are really subtle. I hope the author writes another book about the characters.

  13. June 20, 2010 1:34 pm

    I am a little apprehensive about reading this one, but maybe, I’ll give it a try! I can read paranormal only when I’m in mood for it.. so it could be some time.

  14. June 20, 2010 1:57 pm

    This book sounds really intriguing. I love books set in the South but this sounds a little different from the norm. May have to check it out!

  15. June 20, 2010 2:40 pm

    Haven’t heard of the book, but it sounds like a good premise. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  16. June 20, 2010 5:24 pm

    I am always on the lookout for new YA books…I’ve grown fond of this genre in my old age, LOL. This one looks fantastic and I’ve added it to my list. 🙂

  17. June 20, 2010 5:34 pm

    Now this sounds like a YA paranormal I would like. Thanks for the recommendation and very cool that you met the author too.

  18. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 20, 2010 6:47 pm

    Though I don’t read paranormal, I really enjoyed reading your review!

  19. June 20, 2010 7:32 pm

    Great review. I have really been looking forward to this book

  20. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 20, 2010 7:43 pm

    Looks like a fun YA book. I don’t read too many, but I might pick this one up at the library. I like a little paranormal once in awhile.

  21. June 20, 2010 8:18 pm

    Kathy this sounds really good. I actually think I saw a review for this last week and it peaked my interest. I will definetly have to look into it.

  22. June 20, 2010 9:08 pm

    I don’t read a lot of YA but this sounds good. One of my favorite books is The Seduction of Water which deals with Selkie lore. I think I will read this one! I also like that the paranormal aspects are subtle.

  23. June 20, 2010 10:35 pm

    I love paranormal elements in stories..this one sounds great!

  24. June 20, 2010 10:59 pm

    ooohhh….this book is on my wishlist, I’m glad you liked it.

  25. June 21, 2010 8:38 am

    The selkie plot really intrigues me! I’ve seen it used a few times but it’s not that common and extremely interesting.

  26. June 21, 2010 8:57 am

    I have not had much experience with paranormal literature, so I am glad to hear that this one is a bit more normal. I bet this would make a wonderful read for my daughter over the summer, and I could borrow it as well! Great review! I am going to be adding this one to the list. Thanks!!

  27. June 21, 2010 11:58 am

    I read this one last year and thought it was fun, though I have to admit that I wanted a little more from it… it seemed like things with Leo progressed way too quickly, given the nature of everything. And I wanted even more of the lore surrounding the island. That being said, it was a fun, quick read!

  28. June 21, 2010 1:20 pm

    I really enjoyed her discussion of this book and how it came to be and I really would love to read this. Thanks for a great review.

  29. June 21, 2010 3:22 pm

    I have had my eye on this book…it has a very appealing cover…

  30. June 21, 2010 8:53 pm

    That’s great that you took a chance and it worked for you. And I don’t think I’ve seen much about merpeople! They are definitely underrepresented.

  31. June 23, 2010 12:40 pm

    Gotta love a character who works in a natural history museum!

  32. June 26, 2010 2:12 pm

    Sounds interesting. I’m not the biggest fan of the paranormal either, but I have found that some author’s can incorporate the paranormal into a book rather well so that it works to move the plot along while also further developing the character. I’ll definitely be entering your giveaway!

  33. June 29, 2010 5:41 pm

    Sounds like something I would enjoy! Thanks for the review.

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