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Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 18 to 19, 2012

Ms. Hart wrote a truly engaging tale of a girl named Ellie who is different from most other girls in her time. Ellie transforms into a courageous and independent woman through the course of the novel. The interaction between Ellie and her selkie love interest, Daniel, tangled with revenge and both main characters call of the sea. I truly enjoyed the double play on the idea of the call of the sea and how it can be different for everyone. Ellie’s call came from her desire to be like her father, it came from love and adventure. Daniel’s call came from what he believes is a curse and is actually a more primal need to be out in the sea. The duality played well off of each other, with secrets inlaid into the characters and plot.

One of the main things I truly enjoyed about this book is Hart’s heroine, Ellie. As a child or a woman she never backed down from her dreams or what she truly wanted to do. This driving forced put her in dangerous situations and held true to a solid female leading role, one that others can look up to.

Hart’s ability in dialogue to produce a character who was not only smart, but witty gave a remarkable appeal to the book. Ellie fights consistently with Daniel and they play off each other as if they were made for one another. The romance between them is not only heated in some parts but cold and fierce in others which has a terrific similarity to the rushing sea where closer to shore it has a warmer feeling while the further out you swim the icy cold pierces the flesh.

The one thing I did have a difficult time with was the abrupt ending. I feel the author could have pulled it further out to give it a finished feel. Otherwise, the book as a whole gets four stars.
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