Seven Tears Into the Sea
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....
At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Started on March 8, 2009
Finished on March 25, 2009
I'm a little torn because, while I really liked the actual story, I found myself unable to connect to the characters themselves. That being said, there really should be more YA novels out there that focus on folklore of the sea. I love stories about anything to do with the sea. I got used to the prose after a while. It definitely added to the atmosphere. The ending is sad, but was slightly ruined for me because it seemed rushed.
If anything, it was interesting. I really liked the folklore that kind of sprung from the sea atmosphere. There definitely isn't much of that in popular literature of today. So, the fact that the main male character of this story was a mythical selkie only made it that much more interesting. The book itself was a quick read.
Gwen Cooke was sleepwalking at the age of ten when she came upon a boy whom she thought was drowning. Alas, this boy d...more
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Farley’s novel begins with ten-year-old Gwen Cook, who lives with her parents in a cottage near the sea, encountering a young man l...more
by Terri Farley
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal Romance / Young Adult
Gwen Cooke was 10 years old when chronic sleepwalking led her onto a midnight beach and into a world of Celtic magic, mystery and danger. Was her encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes a dream? Were the words he whispered before vanishing, a spell? In the wake of gossip over what really happened to Gwen, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again. Now sevente...more
I couldn't put it down a...more
Again, my own bias slips in. I was raised on selkies, ever since the fabulous children's book "The Seal Mother" was read to me at bedtime. As someone who is absolutely obsessed with the story, I intend to read every book about selkies out there. Most, however, are cheesy romance novels that I know I'm not going to take too seriously. "Seven Tears into the Sea"...more
Seven Tears into the Sea was a cute Young Adult romance. The title intrigued me, as did the cover art. There was a unique paranormal element…no vamps or werewolves in this one. The mythology wound itself throughout the chapters, which left me wanting to know more.
Gwen spends the summer at her grandmother’s bed and breakfast to help out. She’s seventeen and still remembered the mysterious day when she was ten years old. A boy saved her from drowning and whispered words that she...more
When Gwen Cooke was ten, she was rescued from drowning by a strangely handsome young man, who whispered a rhyme into her ear, telling her to call for him with her tears in seven years time. The people in town believed she’d been molested. Her parents soon moved her away to a larger city and she never visited, until now. Gwen is acutely aware that it’s been seven years, but she’s headed back to the little town to help her grandmother (who was recently injured) with her bed a...more
The first half or so of Seven Tears into the Sea is a little slow; not bad, per se, but I found myself waiting for the plot to go on its merry way. Thankfully, it did: and I was quite impressed. The writing and language is actually goo...more
Nunca tuve la costumbre de dejar un libro, por malo que sea. Me gusta la idea (absurda tal vez) de que llegaré al punto de poder encontrar el quid sustancial de la historia o que podré encontrar el significado "oculto" a mis novatos ojos. Suelo decir: "Algo tiene que haber, sólo que no logro encontrarlo aún" y que si alguien lo escribió y se dignó en publicarlo… Pues por algo habrá sido.
Bien, con Seven tears into the Sea fué exactamente lo que pasó.
Allá por la segunda o ter...more
I really liked this book, as you can tell by my four star rating of 'I really liked it'.
I read a review of this book, and the person felt that the story was slow. For me, that was one of the reasons why I liked this book so much. Even though it is a fantasy novel, the day-to-day going-ons of Gwen made the story more realistic. She wasn't off doing wild things all the time, as some heroines are, but there was still enough 'wildness' to keep the book intriguing.
About halfway thro...more
The main thing that grabbed me was the title. It's very eye-catching and mystical. As for the book, I thought the characters were wonderfuly enjoyable to read. I mean, in some books, there's those characters that you just so hate, and you can hardly read them, but this book wa...more
I enjoyed every page of this book and often had to slow myself down to avoid tearing through it too quickly. It's romantic, hopeful, inspiring, and just a little bit sad in some parts. It's also refreshing to see a young adult novel about a girl who can take care of herself, and although she does feel incomplete when her lover isn't around, does not rely on him for her very existence in the feminist-enraging way that popular YA heroines seem to do nowadays. Farley definitely has the Young Adult...more
What was the point of Zack? What was the point of her writing the flower signs? what was the point of her friends? what was the point of the flower descriptions that came out of no where on top...more
The story is about Gwen, who at the age of ten, while sleep-walking on the beach almost drowns and is saved by a selkie or did she imagine it?
The confusing thing about it is that sometimes the author refers to the person who saved her as a man and sometimes a boy so I was never sure. When she is seventeen, she returns to the c...more
Seven Tears into the Sea is about a young girl named Gwen who almost drow...more
However... spoiler ahead...
I was disspointed in the ending. I had no idea that the story would end on such a bitter note. The answer to the riddle of the "seven years " seemed to wrench a perfectly good ending into a depressing and not very hopeful one. If this were a series, where we'd find out later on what happens to Gwen and Jesse, then I'd be okay with it. Geh. I need to...more
For those who don't know, Selkies are mythical water creatures that look like a seal or sea lion. They are able to take human form by removing their seal skin however the call of the sea is strong and they rarely stay on land for long unless they cannot find their skin. In most myths it is a female selkie who comes ashore and because they are so beauti...more
On all of those accounts, Seven Tears into the Sea simply excels.
The approach to the Selkie legend is probably one of the most loyal to the original Celtic tale that I’ve read to date, and that alone gave the story some serious points.
The storyline is not too complex, as it focuses mostly on the romance aspect...more
This is the story of a very beautiful girl who has never had a boyfriend, suddenly uprooted from familiar surroundings to a fantasy lifestyle when...more
Jesse, was weird. He was socially awkward, and his comments always made me laugh. But I instantly liked him. And not because he was described at attractive, and irristiable to women. No, I would have liked him if the author said he was ugly. Gwen's reactions to jesse's comments were actually bel...more
I didn't have high expectations. The beginning was good, but then the middle was making my head throb because of how irritated I got by the same events happening over and over again.
I found the author didn't have a clue what to say leading up to the good parts of the story. And there were REALLY good parts...just not good enough to ignore the vapidity that took over the entire middle of the book.
Still, I'll recommend this. It deserves a read. Your never know who might like i...more