Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Seaweed by Elle Strauss

Synopsis:  Dori Seward can’t wait to get out of Eastcove, a sleepy fishing village on the border of New Brunswick and Maine. She bides her time by hanging out with friends, attending swim club, and holding her biggest competition, Colby–who wants more than just friendship, at arm’s length. 

Then Tor Riley comes to town and he has everything Dori dreams of in a boyfriend–looks, athleticism and mystery. 

But Tor also has a tantalizing secret and Dori is determined to find out what it is. The truth is crazier than her wildest imaginations and more dangerous, too. Dori has new enemies, and they will do anything to get to her.

Her life, her dreams and her love for Tor are all weighing in the balance. Will Dori risk it all in order to have it all?

Review:  Seaweed is a a mermaid tale that would be perfect for tweens and early teens.  Dori is your typical teen (other than the whole mermaid thing).  Dori talks and behaves like a typical teen her age - though as an adult sometimes I found myself irritated with her actions - especially when she repeatedly puts herself in dangerous situations.  Despite my irritation, its not behavior that is unreasonable for a girl her age.  I like Dori's spunkiness and can appreciate the challenge she is facing not only with normal teenage stuff, but at finding out that she is a mermaid.

There is a love triangle in this book between Dori and Colby and Tor.  There is also a case of insta-love between Dori and Tor.  I'm not really a fan of insta-love or love triangles, but they're both pulled off decently in this book.

The writing in the book overall is well done.  I didn't notice any grammatical errors.  The prose. is well done and the dialogue between characters is believable.  There are a lot of surprises, twists and turns.  It does end on somewhat of a cliffhanger, so I'm hoping that there is another book on the way

About the Author:  I write Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. I'm a married mother of four and live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, famous for beaches and vineyards. I'm fond of Lindt's sea salt dark chocolate and hiking in good weather. CLOCKWISE is my first YA release. You can find me on Facebook,twitter @elle_strauss,and my blog at
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Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I liked Dori too although she was annoying at times. I felt like Dori and Tor had a tiny bit of insta-love but I felt their connection growing. I hate love triangles and I did feel bad for Colby but I think things worked out nicely. I'm curious to see how Dori might handle her new position!

JennH said...

Seaweed sounds like a AMAZING read!

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