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  • 05/2016
  • 9780988156227 0988156229
  • 262 pages
  • $14.99

When Ocean O'Malley moves from the big city to beachside PEI, she discovers more than just redheads with braids and anger management problems. One step into the salt water and she realizes she's been missing something. Something she never even knew existed. Her skin.

And her neighbour, Sam, is just the guy to help her find it. 

 

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Though Ocean O’Malley loves to swim, she isn’t happy to be moving from Toronto to Prince Edward Island. It doesn’t help matters that the 17-year-old is attacked on her first night on the island, though she’s rescued by Sam O’Brien, her attractive new neighbor from Ireland. As Ocean and Sam become close, he reveals that they are both mythical creatures known as selkies, and that his dangerous father is looking for them both. As Ocean struggles with these revelations, the race is on to find her selkie skin, which her father hid in order to protect her. Canadian writer Dunne (Dependent) builds on Irish lore to create an intriguing mythology, though it’s not fully explained (particularly with regard to the way that “time moves differently” for selkies, as well as their custom of luring humans into the sea to live as “sex slaves”). Ocean has a believable voice and is a well-rounded character with fleshed-out relationships with her family, particularly her mother. Her story is marred, however, by the fact that, on multiple occasions, Sam steps in to save Ocean from sexual assaults. A sequel is planned. Ages 14–up. (BookLife)
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The setting (Canada!) and premise (water!) were enough to intrigue me. I finished in less than 2 days.
The set-up seems "classic" at first: a girl moves to a new place, and strange things start happening to her. The girl is Ocean (yes, really), the new place is Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables! Red Soil! Potatoes! Lobsters!), and the strange things involve some older boys who may or may not be dangerous. And a seal.
Ocean's story, told by herself, includes family secrets, seafood, a redhead or two, and a too-good-to-be-real boy next door. Or is he?

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2016
  • 9780988156227 0988156229
  • 262 pages
  • $14.99

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