Thursday, February 9, 2012

55 Books in a Year: Book #6 Between the Land and the Sea

Through Twitter and the lovely Anna Banks (who's book I can't wait to read) I found MerBooks: The Group For All Things Mermaid.

Information about the Group
In this group you can talk about all things Mermaid! We'll also keep the group updated on new Merbooks coming out!
Twitter handle
The Blog
The MerBlog: The Blog For All Things Mermaid
What I've learned?

  • I'm definitely behind in the mermaid book reading thing...where have I been? I now have a list about a mile long.
  • There are grown-ups who are as obsessed about mermaids as I am.
  • I can easily find 10 mermaid books to read this year.
  • If you buy a book on Smashwords the author gets more profits than if you buy it somewhere else.
  • Authors don't really need agents or money to sell books anymore.

I started my MerChallenge with The Little Mermaid and quickly followed up with Derrolyn Anderson's book Between the Land and the Sea, as she is giving it away to group members who email her.

This book is adorable and delightful. Marina doesn't know she's from the sea as her mother died giving birth to her and her father just doesn't talk about it. They live in the city where her neighbor lavishes her with designer clothes and hand bags and fancy cars, and, kind of like a wealthy benefactor from an Austen novel, is always there when Marina needs to dress or drive to impress. While her scientist father spends a year in Afghanstian, she is sent to live with her eccentric tofu eating aunt and her goth designer son. As Marina learns about herself and her past, she helps those around her find their true selves. This is especially true of her relationship with her cousin Cruz and his friend Megan. Through Marina they both learn that outside their small town they are normal and wonderful.

I enjoyed that this book is set in a real town (that I would love to visit someday), you can see pictures on Anderson's official blog.

I also enjoy how Anderson writes a story where the main issue isn't the fact that Marina is part mermaid, but the fact that she was never told. I also like that her relationship with Ethan, a delicious blonde surfer boy, is forged through the water and a mutual secret.

This book has a cliffhanger and happy ending at the same time with everyone wrapped up in self assurance and coupledom.

You know come to think of it, if Jane Austen were a modern woman who wrote about mermaids (fun to think about right!?) I bet she would have written a book like this one, or at least she would have been inspired by it.

I look forward to reading the rest. I hope there are only four.

4 Stars   
There are a handful of issues that bug me (for instance, Marina's father, who is not existent throughout the book, wins the Nobel Prize and I'm supposed to care and how many times can we have hospital stays, really), but they do not, in any way, harm the story.


  1. Thank you for your insightful review. It really makes my day!!!
    Lots of people have called me on the over the top Nobel prize, and I know it's implausible, but I swear it's explained better in book #2!
    (btw- I based the character on Norman Borlaug, 1970 peace prize winner. An under appreciated genius.)
    Thanks so much for your consideration!

  2. oh my gosh! thanks for reading my review! i downloaded the other two books and am looking forward to reading them...and the 4th one!!! :D

    i will now spend some quality time looking up Norman Borlaug...I love learning new things.

    glad you liked the review! :D



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