This is a lovely romance, which unleashes butterflies in the stoma ...
This is a lovely romance, which unleashes butterflies in the stomach, warm-fuzzy feelings and a touch of mermaid magic to make a dream come true. Crystal has moved with her family to Starfish Island, a on the out-skirts of civilization type of place. During a party on the beach, she swims out farther than intended and is rescued by a handsome stranger. . .one no one but her can see. But this is only the beginning of the adventures and magic the tiny island holds. Crystal is a girl without any baggage and enjoys her new life and home. Her positive attitude makes her easy to like and cheer for as she uncovers the mysteries of the island. She also has a very good relationship with her parents (ignoring later plot twists), allowing the story to concentrate on the romance from the beginning on. All of these things make Crystal simply a joy to join on her adventure. This a romance, and although there are other plot points involved, it remains strong in the romantic flow. It's sweet as a fairy tale, bringing a wonderful warmth to the heart. The hero, Llyr, is true blue and all a hero should be. The moments the two spend together draw in, with a cute nervousness and growing love. There's a nice, steady pace the entire way through. A couple more tense moments add a bit of excitement every now and then, but usually it's the romantic tension and sweet moments which take the spotlight. Several twists and turns pop up--several fairly predictable but that didn't sour the general plot. There are several other problems besides the romance which Crystal runs up against, but these aren't extremely layered and instead, offer an easy read. And it's perfect this way, since a complex story line with action pure and surprises on every page would only over-shadow and ruin the gentle romantic scenes. Summed up, this is a great read for YA romance fans who enjoy a bit of myth and tons of fairy tale feeling. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to leave my thoughts.
January 16, 2017
Crystal has just been moved to the small Starfish Island with her ...
Crystal has just been moved to the small Starfish Island with her father to fight a large company poisoning the environment. But Crystal is 17 years old and not happy to be there. She does meet some friends and they start hanging out. Then on a midnight swim she is saved by Llyr. She then goes on the hunt for him and learns some legends have ground in reality. Problems arise when Crystal’s mom ends up working for the company her dad is trying to get shut down. Things go awry when the owner of the company starts fighting back. Crystal is trying to make the best of her situation when she is rescued by Llyr. She then falls madly in love for him and learns all about his world. I’m sorry but I am not a big fan of insta-love and that is what you get here. I will admit that I liked the underwater world and everything that Demuth came up with, it’s very creative. I thought the fight with Skanx was a good one, especially when he started fighting dirty to try and win. I did feel bad with Crystal’s parents on either side of the fight but the ending makes up for it. This is a good young adult story. I like that we get to see a new world with mermaids. It is part one of a series and I’m curious to see what will happen in the next book. I received A Thousand Salt Kisses from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
January 24, 2017
A Thousand Salt Kisses is a Teen Fantasy Romance. Adult readers o ...
A Thousand Salt Kisses is a Teen Fantasy Romance. Adult readers or older teens may find some of the character interactions and scenes worthy of eye rolls--but, I think the book is written well for its audience. This book is intended for teen romance fans--and younger teens will not be daunted by the immediate love interest--nor the superficial characters. The Author Brings the Beach to Readers. Caught in the winter blahs right now with snow and cold; I did enjoy the author's attention to setting and details. She was able to transport me into Crystal's world-and into a warm, summer season for a summer romance. Readers will Need to Read the Series. This is not a stand-alone novel--it ends quite abruptly--and readers will need to read further into the series to find resolution. Would I recommend A Thousand Salt Kisses? I didn't love any of the characters enough to form strong attachments to them--and I never felt that any of the characters were really all that attached to one another. While the relationships were truly complicated (on nearly every level)--the complications, as presented, didn't really draw me into the characters' futures. I did find myself; however, drawn enough to Demuth's writing style that I wasn't quite ready to give up my visit to Crystal's world--and I wanted to see how the story continued in the next book. Fans of mermaids, mythology, fantasy and paranormal romance novels will like the story line--with younger readers enjoying it probably more than adults. I think it is a well-done, quick, summer, beach read that light, teen romance fans would also enjoy. Keep in mind, it's also more of a PG-13 novel with language and sexual situations--but, none of the scenes are graphic or too explicit for younger teens. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
January 12, 2017