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The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.
 
Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death
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Hardcover, 388 pages
Published June 12th 2014 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Giselle
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Inland was a mixed bag for me. On one hand I love the cryptic nature of books like these where part of the fun is how it plays with our imagination, but for this to work I have to turn the last page with some kind of stunned wonderment, and that did not happen here. While the writing is great and the magical realism feel with its eerie mystique is initially intriguing, I ended up being quite bored for the most part, and eventually underwhelmed in the end. I was left disappointed with no more tha ...more
Christine
Feb 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: aesthetic-covers
Wow, I'm really digging this cover.
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Isamlq
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In books, in songs, in stories love is a floating thing.

A falling thing. A flying thing. A good bye to all your little earthbound worries, as you soar heart-first toward a pink sky and your dangling feet forget to feel the ground.

Only I know, now: it isn’t like that at all.

Love is a sense of place. It’s effortless, no stumbling, no stammering,. It’s your own voice, quite but strong, and the sense that you can open your mouth, speak your mind, and never feel afraid.

A kn
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Cora Tea Party Princess
REVIEW OF SAMPLER

5 Words: Descriptive, tragic, sea, mystery, death.

How I wish I had the whole of this book.

This is just a sampler provided by the publisher, a sneak peek if you will, and I quite enjoyed it. I would like to read on and find out exactly what happened and what is going to happen.

This is perhaps a little over-descriptive and although I usually like that, it was a little too much for such a short amount of writing. The flowery style will definitely/>5
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Bekka
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before reading:

Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it. Omg I need it.

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When I read Kat Rosenfield’s debut, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, I knew she would be an author I needed to watch out for. I was mesmerized by the beautiful language and the poetic writ
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Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
I don't have anything to say about Inland other than the fact that this is too freaking weird for my taste. It's waaaay out there. I read the entire thing and I'm still not sure what the heck went on.

There was really no plot to this book. Sure, there's some emotional turmoil that the MC goes through, but that's about it. As a reader, I spent the majority of the time wondering when something interesting and important was going to happen. And I was still waiting at the very last page.

The MC is a loony toon. While/>The
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Trisha
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Just be careful, Callie," she'd whispered. "Be careful. This boy will want to keep you."

Sometimes a book is so good you can be speechless and actually struggle to write a review. That's me...right now.

I think this book is odd - it's definitely different. But that is NOT what kept me reading. It's not even why this is a 5 star book. The writing . The writing is very very very good. It's lyrical and long and windy when Callie is happy. It's short, abrupt and stunted when she can't breat
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Diana Welsch
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Calypso Morgan and the other members of her family are married to the sea. More to the point, they are in an abusive relationship with the sea, with a very skewed power dynamic. Navy men, surfers, marine biologists, everyone in her family is tied to the sea, and if they try to leave, bad things happen.

Her mother was reclaimed by the ocean when she was 6 - punished for greedily becoming too attached to her husband and family and making the ocean jealous. Her grieving father moved with
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Michelle Wrona
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone who lives to read bad books. *cough cough* YA Bookaholic!
DNF @ 110 pages.

"Her husband could have her body, but not her heart. Never her heart. That was how it would happen, because that was what she'd planned. Because her heart had been claimed by another. It always had been, and would be forever. It was as she had promised, that first night on the shore, still in her bone-white wedding gown."

I haven't become the black sheep with this book. Many people have disliked this book, and I agree with all of you out there. I almost didn't pick this book up at the libgown."
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Lauren
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of has a magical realism feel to it! Cool. Another good one from Kat Rosenfield.
Charis Castillo
Oh, Inland, what we had was a classic case of a Love/Hate relationship.


When I picked up this book, I was extremely excited. Well-written mermaid books are few and far between (what a crime!) in the YA world. So, as expected, I was thrilled to see a new take on the classic tale sitting on the New Releases shelf. Unfortunately, while I raved over certain aspects of this book, others made me want to throw the novel across the room.


Let’s start with the positives.
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Jessie Marie
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Find this review and more on my blog, Jessie Marie Reads.

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I wanted to read Inland from the moment I saw that first sentence of the synopsis: “The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea…”. Truly, I was hooked from that moment and saved up my points on Penguin’s First to Read to guarantee my access to this book. But beyond that sentence, I wasn’t convinced on what this book was about. Even after finishing reading it, I’m still fuzzy o
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Vi ~ Inkvotary

3.5 Stars

Kat Rosenfield plays here with what: schizophrenia, nymphs or soemthing else? I couldnt figure it out - and Ive read this book all the way through it.

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Callie is a little girl, when she witnesses the suicide of her mother. Short after that her father moves with her into another town and for Callie begins a long way of suffering and illness. The more they move away from the coast, the sicker becomes Callie. Her lungs dont wanna let the needed air in and breath/>Style
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Amalie (ABookAddict)
Sep 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I honestly hated this book. The story line didn't appear to have a clear plot. There seemed to be no real point to the story. Maybe if the ending was some sort of revelation, a bigger meaning for the waste that was the 383 pages, but their wasn't. I had to force myself through this book, and I got nothing out of it.
Renae
If I was impressed with Kat Rosenfield’s debut, that’s nothing compared to how I feel about Inland. This book is gorgeous and haunting and elegant: a wonderful, spellbinding story about a young woman who fights against her destiny only to learn it’s what she wanted all along. There is not a single thing out of place in this book. Nothing.

I suppose, if you wanted to, this could be classified as a mermaid book. But it’s not really that. It’s simply about women who take the sea as a lover, who
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(Liene)
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have been staring at this blank space for 10 minutes now trying to decide how to put my thoughts into words. The best I can come up with are:

Awestruck.
Mesmerizing.
Beautiful.
Wow.

Kat Rosenfield's writing is so sooo beautiful! She has a way of pulling you into the story, immersing you into it in such a way that you feel everything right along with the narrator. When she was overwhelmed, I was overwhelmed. When she felt powerful longings, I almost got up to go with her wh
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Kelly Sierra
This could have been so good! The story was creatively drawn out; however, it fell flat a few times and does end up being highly confusing. The actual myth tied to this story is only skirted around and I think that if that had been fleshed out it would have given the story some substance. The main character loses her mother to drowning, and from that moment on her father keeps moving them away from the water. As time passes Callie’s lungs worsen and the only time they start getting better is whe ...more
Ofir ( FlameLeviosa)
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
This book was like a spiritual experience, the writing is absolutely incredible and the story is so much more than just the plot.
It's such a dark, mysterious, creepy, funny and emotional read! I'll gather my thoughts and explain them better soon!
Kate
Ever since her mother drowned and her father moved her inland, Callie has struggled to breathe. It's only when her father moves to near a river in Florida that Callie finds her asthma and panic attacks begin to abate. Along with the arrival of her aunt Nessa, Callie begins to explore the mystery of her mother Maera and how the water relates to both her mother's disappearance and Callie's illness. The water seems to be calling to Callie... only it seems there is something dangerous waiting to pul ...more
Creatyvebooks
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
BRIEF SYNOPSIS:

Inland is about Callie who at the age of nine watches her mother drown. Or supposedly drowned. Or commit suicide. I’m not really sure (and I have to give blame to the Author Kat Rosenfield on that account). Rush forward nine years later and Callie is a pale, doughy, asthmatic wheezing of a thing. Her father thought that it would be best if his daughter would forget that tragic event that took place nine years ago, so he moves them inland. Hence the name of the book. Un
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Emily
Inland is a story of the sea. It is a story of crashing salt water and craggy cliffs and sprawling beaches, so vividly written that I expected a handful of sand to fall from the book's binding on every page. It is a story of the awe-inspiring power and mystery of the ocean's uncharted deeps. But most of all, it is a story of the pull of the sea—particularly the story of one girl who feels the ocean's allure more than anyone else.

Maybe that is why I loved this book so much. Maybe Inla
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Heather A
Initially when I started this book I was very intrigued by the premise. Not like anything I've read before. Maybe its because I read the first 25 pages or so, and nearly a month before I picked it up again, but when I started it again, by page 90 I didn't have a clue what the hell was going on.

There was a lot of almost dream like, mystical talk about the main character, Callie's dead mother and the call of the sea. Callie was a sickly girl who had terrible lung problems the further away f
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Dianne
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

INLAND is utterly beautiful, with an absolutely stunning prose. It is the poignant tale of women powerless to the sea, ending up sucked into its hungry mouth, even as they helplessly claw to cling inland, trying to build roots that will never hold. Not when your love is as present, now and forever, and as powerful as the ocean. As Callie finds the sea insidious, one will find Rosenfield's words calling out to them, begging to be read without stopping.
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Amy
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
4.75 / 5

Kat Rosenfield has written a haunting tale of of family and fate. This is a tale that can be interpreted differently by each person who reads it. The writing is haunting; setting a hazy fog of mystery and mythology that had me thoroughly enamored.

Callie is an unreliable narrator. We never get the full scope of her, or her family's, history. For me, I didn't need it. Everything was there for me to care about this girl, to want the answers to the same questions, to worry for h
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Abby
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved a lot of things about this book but I did have my own issues with it that made it lack for me, like although I didn't know anything going in I figured out the foreshadowing all too quickly and spent most of the book annoyed by the mystery and suspense because to me the "answer" per say was obvious and also the ending confused me, it went one way, then another, then back the first way, I think the middle bit should have been cut out, it was useless to the plot i'd say. But I really did en ...more
Margo
4.5 Stars

Wow what a ride. It was such an interesting premise, and I DEFINITELY have not read the last of Kat Rosenfield. Her writing was unbelievable. One aspect I truly loved was how the plot wasn't centered around romance. Don't get me wrong-- I love romance and am highly unlikely to read a book without it, but this book was so refreshing and emotional and beautiful. I rounded down a half star because I have one untied loose end, and I'm a tad confused about the ending, but overall, fabulous
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Elena
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was REALLY not good. The mystery, such as it is, is never really resolved beyond what any genre reader can figure out within the first 20 pages or so. There's a tacked-on final chapter that completely changes the ending and takes away the impact of the chapter before it. The epilogue further complicates/takes away meaning from the ending. I spent 3/4 of this book waiting for the protagonist to catch a clue. Her father and her boyfriend were badly characterized. Pretty much the only good thi ...more
Besa
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh........I just.........I don't know..........what just happened......at....the...end...
I AM SO CONFUSED
THE BEGINNING WAS CONFUSING, AND SO WAS THE ENDING
BUT THE BOOK IS STILL REALLY GOOD EVEN THOUGH I WAS CONFUSED A LOT
Another book that left me with a thousand questions that need to be badly answered.
The writing left me speechless. It's so poetic and beautiful. There's a lot of amazing quotes in the book too because Kat Rosenfield is so good at explaining feeli
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Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
I read a very short excerpt of this through Netgalley.

It was weird. And confusing. I'm still not sure what the hell I read.

But - I am slightly intrigued. I'm not sure I'll pick this one up, since I've heard some not-so-great things about it. If I do, it will be far into the future when I have less books that are more important to get to.
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“In books, in songs, in stories, love is floating thing. A falling thing. A flying thing. A good-bye to all your little earthbound worries, as you soar heart-first toward a light pink sky and your dangling feet forget the feel of the ground.
Only I know, now: it isn't like that at all.
Love is a sense of place. It's effortless balance, no stumbling, no stammering. It's your own voice, quiet but strong, and the sense that you can open your mouth, speak your mind, and never feel afraid. A known quantity, a perfect fit. It's the thing that holds you tight to the earth, fast and solid, and sure. You feel it, and feel that it's right and true, and you know exactly where you are:
Here.”
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“In books, in songs, in stories, a love is floating thing. A falling thing. A flying thing. A good-bye to all your little earthbound worries, as you soar heart-first toward a light pink sky and your dangling feet forget the feel of the ground.
Only I know now: it isn't like that at all.
Love is a sense of place. It's effortless balance, no stumbling, no stammering. It's your own voice, quiet but strong, and the sense that you can open your mouth, speak your mind, and never feel afraid. A known quantity, a perfect fit. It's the thing that holds you tight to the earth, fast and solid, and sure. You feel it, and feel that it's right and true, and you know exactly where you are: Here.”
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