If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: 'Call Of the Sea' by Rebecca Hart

          Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart - 4 out 5 stars
   Ms. Hart wrote a truly engaging tale of a girl named Ellie who is different from most other girls in her time. Ellie transforms into a courageous and independent woman through the course of the novel. The interaction between Ellie and her selkie love interest, Daniel, tangled with revenge and both main characters call of the sea. I truly enjoyed the double play on the idea of the call of the sea and how it can be different for everyone.
   Ellie’s call came from her desire to be like her father, it came from love and adventure. Daniel’s call came from what he believes is a curse and is actually a more primal need to be out in the sea. The duality played well off of each other, with secrets inlaid into the characters and plot. 

   One of the main things I truly enjoyed about this book is Hart’s heroine, Ellie. As a child or a woman she never backed down from her dreams or what she truly wanted to do. This driving forced put her in dangerous situations and held true to a solid female leading role, one that others can look up to. 

   Hart’s ability in dialogue to produce a character who was not only smart, but witty gave a remarkable appeal to the book. Ellie fights consistently with Daniel and they play off each other as if they were made for one another. The romance between them is not only heated in some parts but cold and fierce in others which has a terrific similarity to the rushing sea where closer to shore it has a warmer feeling while the further out you swim the icy cold pierces the flesh. 

   The one thing I did have a difficult time with was the abrupt ending. I feel the author could have pulled it further out to give it a finished feel. Otherwise, the book as a whole gets four stars. 

   Come back on Friday June 8th for an interview with Rebecca Hart about her debut novel. 

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Old Kitty said...

What a lovely review - thank you! Take care

Rebecca Hart said...

Thanks so much for the great review :) Glad to know you enjoyed it.


LTM said...

This sounds like a lovely book! Can't wait to learn more! Thanks, Summer~ :o) <3

Alleged Author said...

Very awesome review! I've always wondered about selkies in literature.

Christine Rains said...

Great review! I love seeing more selkies popping up in books these days.

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for the review!

Selkies aren't something as common in books--I like that they're in this one.

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