Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tides by Betsy Cornwell

Tides by Betsy Cornwell is a modern selkie story.

Noah has been looking forward to this summer ever since he got the news that he'd won the internship he wanted. Now he and his younger sister Lo are staying with their grandmother in her island home while Noah works at a marine research facility. He's initially disappointed when he's assigned the task of organizing a room full of files, but surely his boss will soon see his potential and give him more challenging work. And then he meets Mara, a lovely and mysterious girl who seems hesitant to let Noah get close to her. She has a secret -- and she isn't the only one. Little does Noah know, but secrets run as deep as the ocean in his grandmother's island community, and some of them are dark and dangerous, as well.

I found this a complex story that handles difficult issues without dishing out pat solutions. The lore is interesting, though I found the plot and pacing just average. Still, worth reading if this type of book appeals to you!

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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