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Between the Land and the Sea

(Marina's Tales #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,090 ratings  ·  206 reviews

Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seasid
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Published March 19th 2011 by Derrolyn Anderson
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Karly's Authors Who Rock Challenge

Buddy-read with my girls, Heather & Jess, for sometime in August.

As Jess would say, "I'd rather be a mermaid".

The Review

2.5 Stars

Full disclosure: Yes, I am friends with Derrolyn Anderson here on Goodreads and no, that isn’t going to affect my review of this story in any way. If you think it would (or should) back away…. back away VERY quickly.

I feel very mid-ground about Between the Land and the Sea, there were a number of elements present that annoyed
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a popular author's first book

August is mermaid month!

Buddy read with my fellow sea creatures, Karly and Heather set for August.

Because really, everything is better under the sea.

So, I have been looking forward to reading this because a: mermaids and b:Derrolyn Anderson. Though I am not friends with Derrolyn, I have many friends who are friends with her, and I have heard nothing but praise about this amazing lady. So, in light of my brilliant friend Karly's idea to have an "Authors Who Rock"
Darth J
4.5 Stars

I first have to say that I was a little wary of picking this title up because I saw that it had romance in it, and I usually try to steer clear of those types of books. But I was glad I gave this novel a chance. Not only is the romance not the "be-all, end-all" type that is filled with drama that usually accompanies these books, it's only a part of the plot and not the main focus.

One of the things that really struck me about this novel was the initial atmosphere of Aptos. Reading about
Feb 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who love it when a girl has it all ... including fins
If this book was a muffin I would say that it contained too much topping and that it dripped with artificial aroma. If this book was a muffin I would be nauseated after swallowing 30% percent of it and I would be craving a simple scone after letting the rest drop into the bin. I do love muffins, but there has to be some dough besides all the fudge and the fruit and the icing. Do you know what I mean? If not, you are invited to read the rest of my review:

Between The Land And The Sea is a mermaid
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Delightful, engaging YA Mermaid Story.

Marina has traveled the world with her father, but when he is headed to Afghanistan he refuses to allow her to join him like usual. Instead, she must spend her senior year with her aunt and cousin and attend public school for the first time in her life. She leaves behind San Fransisco, and heads to Atpos, and much smaller town by the sea. Is drawn to the water, and quickly sees hauntingly familiar eyes in the water, almost as familiar with her own reflection
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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Ah, what a pleasant surprise! I'll admit, when I read books that aren't somewhat "widely known" - I have a preconceived assumption that it won't be great. Well, I feel like a jerk now, because this book blew me away. Don't go into this expecting something like The Little Mermaid, because you'll be sorely disappointed. This story is much more than a silly fairy tale.

Between the Land and the Sea is about Marina. Her father (a single pare
Nicole Peterson
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA-Paranormal
Recommended to Nicole by: Shut Up & Reads Read It & Reap
Shelves: mers-and-such
Marina normally travels with her Dad as part of his job. This time her Dad has to go to Afghanistan for a year and doesn't feel that it is safe for her to travel with him. So she dejectedly moves in with her aunt and cousin, in a small coastal town.

She goes down to the shore and happens upon a mermaid who calls her "sister". She falls into the water and between the mermaid and popular surfer, Ethan, they rescue her from drowning. Ethan then is asked by Marina's aunt to give Marina swimming lesso
Kat (Why Read)
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, epic
I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I am at a loss for words. The Little Mermaid of Disney is not the end all of imagination concerning this mythological creature. The fiction world has been mighty quiet for so long, one would assume mermaids were just for little girls and babies to marvel over. When I initially got this request, my mind was whispering a constant mantra of “♪ ♫ImpressMe- ImpressMe- ImpressMe ….LordPleaseDon’tLetThisBookSuck.♪ ♫” Well people, I am
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
Buddy read with Karly and Jess set for August.


I'm not sure how to talk about this book. I liked it better than Anderson's The Athena Effect, though both have Mary Sue protagonists. Still, it wasn't terrible, and better written than many debuts. It was very similar to many YA supernatural books that have proliferated the market in the last few years.

My main problem was the MC, Marina. I guess it wasn't her fault I didn't like her, since she was a pretty nice character, although idiotic at t
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I think Mermaids may be my favorite mythical creatures. They spend most of their time in the water surrounded by all the aquatic animals that enjoy learning about on the Discovery Channel. They have mischievous and playful personalities. And they don’t have an unquenchable thirst for blood. And ev
Midu Hadi
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♥ Sarah
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rachmi, Elaine, Sarah (saz101), Sara, Jan Bethel, Indira
Shelves: fiction
**free on amazon!!

WARNING: This book is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! Make sure you don't have plans before reading this, or you’ll end up like me – SOL. I skipped class today, missed a quiz, & my friends officially think I’m nuts.

CONFESSION: my experience with ‘mermaid lore’ is limited to my countless viewings (ages ago) of:The Little Mermaid; an 80s film I once watched on cable starring Tom Hanks, in Splash; and my most recent read: Of Poseidon. So, although I
Wei Cho
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Mermaids. Surfing. Romance. Danger. All wrapped up into one exciting YA series. Sixteen-year-old Marina has been traveling the world with her father her entire life, but when he is stationed to work in Afghanistan for a year he leaves her at her Aunt's house. He hopes she will finally be able to live a normal life and have the teenage/high school experience. She feels at home right off the bat and even meets a good-looking surfer named Ethan. Marina is just settling in when strange thin ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is not a Disney book about the Little Mermaid! Between The Land and the Sea is so much more than a sweet little fairy tale! This is an enchanting story of mermaids with a unique perspective of their lives.

Between the Land and the Sea is about an eccentric young girl who gets sent to live with her Aunt Abby and her cousin Cruz while her dad is away on business for the year. Her dad wants her to experience a "normal" teenage high school experience but being is Aptos turns out to be anything b
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know that mermaid books surged in popularity a few months back but for some reason I never jumped on the mermaid bandwagon and looking back all I can do is shake my head at my stupidity. By not jumping on the bandwagon I now know that I missed out on a ton of great releases- this book included. If I had to sum this book up in a few words it would be "simply breathtaking". Everything about this book was done right, from the character development, to the unique plot line, to the romance, to the ...more
Alexandria Nicole
This was a great read! I really enjoy mermaid books because there always so much talk about beach life, surfing, and their lives are always completely different than mine.

I enjoyed getting to know Marina and Ethan. The two seemed like a good pair even though I couldn't understand what kept Ethan around in the beginning. She wasn't that nice to him and was really awkward whenever he was around. It bothered me that for over half the book we didn't get one little inkling of how she felt about him.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
got this for review from the author. So i am being completely honest this is what i thought of the book.

The book is mainly about Marina who gets sent by her father to live with her aunt Abby, and her cousin Cruz in California. When she gets there strange things start happening and she starts to uncover the truth about her mother's past. Only to find out the reason why her dad shuts down whenever she asks about her mom. While doing so Marina has to make some tough decisions along the way one of
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books:

Series like Marina's Tales are exactly why more people should give Self-Published and Indie published authors a chance. When I found out about it - a series about mermaids - I knew I wanted to read it because to my recollection I've never read any mermaid stories before. Great call, Asheley! Between The Land And The Sea is the first book in the series and I loved it.

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Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Between The Land and The Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Rating 4/5 Stars

Publisher: Self- Published
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 460 KB

"Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. In just a few weeks after moving to the small beach town, sixteen year old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can only manage to survive her increasingly
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know how sometimes you read a book and you get so into it that you really feel like you’re part of the character’s lives? Then, when it’s over, you actually miss them the way you would a good friend? Well, Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson was like that for me. I read the whole book in two sittings, and would have read it in one if I didn’t have to pick my son up from the bus stop. I just didn’t want to stop reading!

The story is about Marina, an intelligent 16-year old who ha
Samantha Arnold
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The actions, reactions, and feelings of the characters seem realistic.

Ethan is an complicated, understanding and interesting character. He is the perfect match for Marina.

Marina develops well throughout the story. She is very mysterious. As the story goes on you find out more and more about her and start to understand her better. Marina isn't very good with opening up and sharing things with others.

I can see why Marina and Ethan are together. Their lives are so very similar. They are both extrem
Sannie Hald
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book to review for the ReadIt&Reap program in the ShutUp&Read group (

Marina is used to travelling the world with her father, however, when he is to help the unfortunate in Afghanistan she is sent to live with her aunt and cousin. She has never attended regular school before so she is happy that she gets to spend her senior year of high school with her cousin, so she will not be alone. Marina feels the ocean speak to her and she is intrigued by it. She is
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Between The Land And The Sea was an overall good book. It had a signifigant amount of hooks to pull you deeper into the story. That being said I found myself on multiple occasions thinking "I wonder what is happening with Marina and her friends" Or "I wonder what will happen next".

In general, I am not a fan of Mermaid books. This one caught my interest because the mermaids seemed slightly evil from the synopsis. I'm a sucker for evil. And although not quite "evil" the mermaids had very interest
Kathy Martin
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this story to be entertaining and engaging. The characters were well-rounded and realistic. I liked Marina. She seemed like a real teen who resented having her life rearranged by her father. Her reluctance to go to live for a year with her aunt and cousin in a small Northern California beach community and attend the local high school. She is clearly intelligent and independent. Once she arrives in Aptos she becomes reconciled to her new situation and begins to make both friends and enemi ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mermaids! How cool is that? In a group of genres, (PNR,YA,Fantasy YA),normally inundated with Vamps, Werewolves, Demons, and Witches a Mermaid story was refreshing!

Here is the book Summary: Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. Just a few weeks after moving to the beach town, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive her
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I admit, I judged when I saw this book was $.99 and self-published. I would not normally have purchased this book. And I would have made a huge mistake, because Between the Land and the Sea was easily as good as the majority of young adult novels I have read by celebrated authors and publishers.

The story of Marina was impossible to put down; it kept me up until 5:00 AM last night! Derrolyn Anderson pulled me in with mystery, romance, and drama, but the characters were what made this novel for me
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
mm I don't find where to start ... let me think ... Ok! THIS BOOK TOTALLY DID IT! xD

This has been my first book of mermaids and totally convinced me that I should read more like this one.! Waou! you know I'm not kidding neither exaggerating when I write that was super-hiper-good!!

the way it was written completely charm me because it was super-easy to read, there was no confusing part, everything was clear. the plot fascinated me from the beginning, was like it had something that caught my atten
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This fantasy mixes the real highschool life with the life of a mermaid to be. Have you ever thought you wanted immortality? Well, what if you would have to live without your family, friend ,and everyone you loved, just to live forever underwater as a mermaid. If you had the choice what would you do, well image if you have to decidethat when you were only sixteen. Marina is a half mermaid, her mother died and now the mermaid want her instead. She has to decide wether her new fo ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: triple-zero

“You don’t see yourself at all, do you? It seems to me that you’re good at everything you try,” said Ethan sincerely.
“I had a dream I could breathe underwater,” I said flippantly, “Maybe I’ll go swim with the mermaids.”
Ethan turned to look at me with shock in his eyes.
“Just kidding,” I said, alarmed at his reaction.

Marina :
Take me with you to Paris.
I admire your sense of character.
Romantic and strong willed ; I like it :D

Cruz :
If only you were my cousin
You talented little thing :')
Other than t
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