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Seven Tears Into the Sea

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,968 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Beckon 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.

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Paperback, 279 pages
Published April 2005 by Simon Pulse
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Sep 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Er. Okay. Let me tell you first that I am not the most cheerful person at the moment – and yes, I am blaming the electrical engineering and mechanics exams I am studying for right now. And this book infuriated me for some reason. I really don’t know why I made myself read up until page 230 here when it was pretty clear that I wouldn’t enjoy this novel – and as I don’t have much time to read right now anyway, I certainly shouldn’t waste it on books I don’t like. But well, I can only blame myself. ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in folklore romance, and all selkie fans
Terri Farley tackles a scarcely-written-about Celtic legend in this sweet teen romance. And, much to my delight, she does a very good job.

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"
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like animals better than people
I don't think this review is going to contain spoilers, because it is all very obvious from the beginning, but if you are a slow-to-catch-on type then skip this review. I kept telling myself I was too busy to read at my normal pace, when I realized that it was actually what I was reading that had me plodding through. So now I'm fininshed and ...

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
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mermaids, favorites
Ok, this is so so bad it actually becomes good again because of how ridiculous it is.

The general plot isn't really worth going into, you know, normal girl is infatuated with magical guy, he's mysterious and brooding, she's intrigued, yada yada yada. It reads really weird and at times completely ridiculous, like the really long and for some reason very detailed part where she goes clamming, by herself, for dinner. I couldn't help marking my favorite "oh my god why would that happen why are you sa
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who wants a different kind of love story
"Beckon the sea, I'll come to thee...
Shed seven tears, perchance seven years..."

Aren't those lines just beautiful?

A handsome stranger speaks these haunting words to ten-year-old Gwen after he rescued her from drowning in the ocean one stormy night. He disapeered back into the sea, and shortly after the incident Gwen and her family moved away from the ocean to San Franscisco. For seven years, Gwen has pondered about that night. Who was the mysterious boy? Why was he swimming during the big storm,
Alan Michael Wilt
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Seven Tears into the Sea Terri Farley takes a mainstay of Celtic lore and transplants it to the present day in coastal northern California. Selkie legends, in which seals shed their skins and come to shore in human form, have been the inspiration for many works; Johns Sayles’s film "The Secret of Roan Inish" is probably the most prominent of these in recent years.

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
Abby Hargreaves
I revisited Seven Tears into the Sea after having it read it shortly after it came out years ago. Overall, it held up fairly well as a piece of writing and I still admire the prose in the novel, which is very well-grounded in setting. With the beach side vacation town as much a character as any of the actual characters, Seven Tears into the Sea is a great summertime novel.

In 2020, there are some lines that gave me pause -- descriptions of Jesse, before readers know him by his name, as "G*psy";
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, giveaway-win
This is the first time I ever hear of selkies. As per Wikipedia - Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures that are found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish folklore. Selkies are able to become human by taking off their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting it back on.

In Seven Tears Into the Sea, Ms. Farley tells the tale of a selkie boy and his lady love. What I most enjoyed about this story was the writing - it flows with a lyrical quality mak
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....
When Gwen Cooke was ten years old, she met a strange and beautiful boy on the beach who whispered eery words in her ears - and then disappeared into thin air. Soon after their encounter, Gwen and her family move away from their sleepy coastal home town.
Now, at age seventeen, Gwen has returned, and things are just as strange as they were when she left seven years before.
So I really liked this novel!
I read a review of t
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Seven Tears in the Sea

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
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya
Seven Tears into the Sea ia a beautiful story and the writing is concise and clear but the story feels unfinished to me. SO many questions left unanswered that bothered me.
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
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
LynnMarie’s Review

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
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Veda
It was an amazing book. A first it was weird and stalkerish but then you were like Woah!. That was really good. This is the one of the only books that ever made me cry. Sorry for the stupid review it was my first.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm still not entirely sure how to feel about this one.

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
Ali The Romantic Scholar
This book was a total page turner, and is very hard to put down. It has the perfect combination of mystery, fantasy, and romance. The descriptive writing that Farley uses takes you away to the beautiful beach of Mirage Point actually giving you the feeling that you are standing at the cove experiencing the cool misty breeze off the ocean. Farley does an excellent job with her character development and it is very easy to experience the emotions that Gwen is feeling. And when Jesse comes into the ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this book would be really stupid, which is why I put off reading it for so long. Most YA I read these days is disappointing, and this whole paranormal romance trend? Don't even get me started. So it's rare that I read a YA paranormal romance that is actually. . . really good.

I think one of the main reasons is because this book (gasp) came out before Twilight, before paranormal romance became a "thing" and YA writers were churning out cheap "magical" romances by the dozen. So this book
Julia M
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. Can nobody write a good selkie book?! Started off strong - I loved the atmosphere and descriptions of Mirage Beach. The inn and grandmother character were charming. Protag was smart and a little bit weird. But...uh, it's a real shame when the selkie stuff in your selkie book is thoroughly underwhelming.

The selkie himself only shows up about 50% of the way through. And to be clear, I didn't mind that. The setup did a good job of building tension. Honestly I almost started thinking there were
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009, ya-fantasy
Seven Tears into the Sea is a great story where the fiction is supported by a Celtic myth. I enjoyed the story and liked all of the characters immediately. The narrative by the main character was captivating, and I became interested in her story from the first chapter. This book would have earned five stars if it wasn’t for its ending that left me with a few pertinent questions, which I won’t post as they would be spoilers.

Seven Tears into the Sea is about a young girl named Gwen who almost drow
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
1. I'm left hanging. Will Gwen wait seven more years or decide to leave Jesse? Maybe if they would have had sex they would have been more promised to each other. But Gwen isn't shallow so maybe she'll wait. I DON'T KNOW. I'm dying here.
2. I liked the flower description and how they summarized what was going on in the story.
3. I don't know anything about Celtic legends and selkies but this definitely peaked my interest.
4. I learned a new word. Scry. Speaking of which, her grandma never finished h
Review Queen
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is something I would recommend to any and all young women who enjoy the fantastical. It's the perfect kind of adventure, parentless but with supervisors, romantic but adventurous, and full of old legend and mystery. speaking for myself, and probably many others, this is the kind of adventure you dream of having when you stay with a relative during the summer. The character archetypes are well done and it got me very interested in the Celtic legends at reference.
I couldn't put it down a
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I finished this book a couple of years ago; however I still have it and I'll pull it out an go through it again to give you a good review. What I can tell you is that Gwen has a harrowing experience by the ocean when she's 10 she sees a boy swimming in the stormie ocean she feels inexplicably drawn to him but her parents are more concerned that it will happen again and they move away. 7 years later is where the story begins; with a mysterious boy, a grandmother who understands more than she migh ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
If I wanted to read all about mundane things, like how to make tea and what it's like to have a grandmother who runs an inn, then I would have enjoyed this book. Instead, I was misled into thinking this book would have a plot. I chose this book because I thought it might have something to do with mermaids or have something interesting to add to mermaid lore. I was hoping for, at least, an interesting and dreamy description of life by the sea. I did not get this. Instead a got a poorly pieced tog ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Read #1
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.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Didn't like it. The age level was a little younger, even though the main character was seventeen for most of the book. I liked that it was about selkies--I've never read about them before this. The major thing I didn't like about it, is that it didn't really describe the rules of selkies very well. It was confusing. And it leaves a lot of things unaswered. And I hated the abrubt ending. It's a good read for people who like folklore things, like selkies. Not one I would read again.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
Okay so I know people are giving this like 1 star but it's a freaking 5+ star book! One of my favourite books ever. This book is beautiful/funny/and sad. I've been wanting to read this for like a year and then I read the goodreads peoples reviews for it After I got the book and then I was like "what the bloody heck, if I don't like it I'll just stop reading" BUT THAT WASNT THE CASE!! I adore this book!!
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was a ridiculous waste of time.

The story made very little sense. The characters were as shallow and underdeveloped as the story itself.

There were a lot of details that mattered very little if at all to the attempted story. It was boring and flat.

Once again, an author had a good idea but brutally bludgeoned it to death with nonsense and a complete absence of a cohesive plot. Ugh!
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautifully written but tragic book. The author invokes a lot of emotion and sadness in her writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it but not for the weak-hearted.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a good quick read, written at the tween level. Although segments of it become a bit monotonous to the point where you may find yourself skimming, the atmosphere is enchanting, and the book will keep you reading 'till the final page (which shouldn't take long...again, a fast read)

Krista Holle
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This story had beautiful descriptions but was light on actual story. I loved the selkie Jesse and wanted a more of him, but the ending lefting me unsatisfied. To be fair, the ending wAs in sync with many of the selkie legends. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
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Terri Farley is the author of Seven Tears into the Sea, the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and the forthcoming Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them (Fall 2015).

Terri lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with her journalist husband and pets, but still longs for the California beaches where she grew up. She's worked as a waitress, journalist

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