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Sapphire City

(The Jewelled City #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Strange things happen on Nortica; people disappear and voices call from the ocean. For Stella Shaw, things are about to get even more weird.

Welcome to Nortica. Population: ten.
After her latest run-in with the police, Stella’s mom takes her back to her childhood home, the island Nortica. But they find it much different than the stories Mom told. Most of the people have disa
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published May 9th 2013 by Anchor Group Publishing (first published April 24th 2013)
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Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stella gets in some trouble with the la and her mom carts her off to a tiny island called Nortica. From her very first step on the island, everything is really weird. Weird foster kids, weird island air, and weird mom. And that's just the beginning for Stella. Soon, her whole life is turned upside down as she has to unravel the mystery surrounding the island of Nortica.  

Finally we have some merfolk to read about! Stella was a great character with an awesome personality. The things she says wil
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was looking for a Mermaid story to read and came across this one. It sounded really good and the reviews were all pretty good. (1st mistake that I just can't seem to shake, is taking all the good reviews as a sign of a fantastic book.) Don't get me wrong, this was a "great concept of a story, but not so good of delivery". For example: You go through 15 Chapters before anything really interesting happens. 15 CHAPTERS!! On the 16th Chapter, you finally have a little bit of excitement and actual ...more
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When I first started reading Sapphire city I had no idea what it was about. Absolutely none. I know that sounds ridiculous. How can you not know what the book is about when the front cover clearly has that beautiful mermaid on it? Well since I read this book as part of a blog tour I received an ecopy to read on my kindle, which meant I didn’t get to see the stunning cover until writing my review. My experience of mermaid stories is extremel
Eclipse Reviews
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stella and her Mom moved to a small town called Nortica. It's a strange ghostlike town with barely any people, and those that Stella did meet she believed to have saltwater sickness that made them crazy.   Her mom leaves her alone one day to attend to some business, that's when all the really strange things starts happening. With a promise never to go to near the sea Stella wants to do just that now that her mom isn't there to see. But the two kids next door keeps Stella away and is acting all w ...more
Julie  Grider
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sapphire City by Amy Richie is a Young Adult Paranormal novel that would easily be enjoyed by females of any age. The story, told in first person from the protagonist's point of view, is a tale of deception, magic, love, and...mermaids.
This is the first mermaid novel I'd ever read, and I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised while reading it.
Stella is a fifteen year old girl who is drawn to the ocean, but never knew why. Throughout the beginning of the story, we are given clues tha
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very interesting read. I really thought it was going to be like A Little Mermaid Tale. I was so wrong. The ideas that was put in this book were very unique. Stella was the main character in the story. She lived a normal teens life. Then her mom disappears. From there on strange things started to happen. Before Stella's mom, Lucinda, left, there was only one rule for her daughter. Stay away from the ocean. Which made Stella curious as to why. She had so many questions thru out the ...more
Kristin Scearce
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin by: A
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Stella's world just got turned upside-down. Her mom, the only family she has, just dragged her away from her life in the city and moved them to a small island called Nortica, the place where her mother grew up. Problem is, her mom always said she'd never go back there, as that's where Stella's dad died. And it's a rather weird little island: there's no cars, no phones, and there's barely any kids, except the creepy foster kids nex
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This was a fantastic mermaid story with great vision while keeping things masked, revealing itself in little bits and pieces, one at a time. The weirdness of Nortica and its people is a tad creepy and I thought it was going to be this strange horror story. Then as more and more was revealed, I fell in love with this fairy tale.

It has the elements you'd expect: not all pretty, some really harsh, some incredibly messed up, reality up-ended, and more. The difference in t
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the cover of this book. So pretty.

Stella is moved to a tiny Hawaiian island by her mother to protect her. She has a recurring dreams and her mother is always telling her to stay away from the water, though they live on an island. Stella can't quite resist the call of the ocean. This book is really well written and the pacing is really good. I was immediately drawn into the story. I thought the characters were sympathetic and interesting. The island Nortica is really strange. There are ve
Jamie Turner-norton
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, Amy Richie did it again. Her writing has a way of pulling you in and not letting you go. I just finished Sapphire City but I already feel like I need to re-read and then beg for the next book. I absolutely Love mermaids and this is actually the first Book I've read that involves them but now I know that it's a new obsession. This rates up there with The Little Mermaid, and anyone who knows me, knows that's my all time fave movie..
I was definitely feeling like I was going Saltwater Crazy. lo
Caissy Boudreau
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read many books about mermaids before. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Amy has such a way with words. She sucks you into the story from the very beginning. This is a must read for everyone. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Even though it is young adult, it is still a great story. I hope she writes more about this.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love mermaids! This is a great book! Ready for book two to see what happens next!
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