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All the Tales We Tell

(Hearts Out of Water #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  51 reviews
"... a darkly romantic beginning to what promises to be an unusual contemporary YA fantasy series."
- Serena Chase, USA Today

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a
Published March 1st 2014 by Write for You Publishing (first published March 1st 2013)
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review: First, a HUGE THANK YOU to the lovely Annie Cosby for providing me with this ARC for review.

Characters: I went back and forth with how I felt towards the main character, Cora. Sometimes I liked her, and then at other times, she really annoyed me. The moments where Cora annoyed me were generally under circumstances where her stereotypical rich-girl characteristics came out. Cora grew up not with complete and total wealth, but she never did have to worry about money. I felt like her probl
Aira  Cabrera
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cora is stuck in an overly pink house for the summer. It’s not exactly her dream summer. There is a beach nearby, but she can’t swim, so no plus points for that. Cora spends her summer hanging out with snobby kids her age and talking to a strange old woman.

I didn’t like any of the kids Cora spent her time with. They were all full of themselves and clueless. Cora wasn’t clueless, she was just confused. Her parents (mostly her mother) ha
Cora Tea Party Princess
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Five Words: Awesome, magical, lovely, lessons, relationships.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance readers. YA romance lovers.
Recommended to Ashley by: Author approached me with review copy.
5 Stars

Cora is dragged along by her parents to a summer of big houses and rich parties so the family can do some healing, but Cora doesn’t think big houses and parties are a way to solve their problems. Will Cora come around and finally accept her future as a college student at the fancy school her parents picked for her, or will she be smitten by the locals and opt for the life of travel she’s been dying to pursue. Will the batty old Mrs. O’Leary help guide her life in the direction it should t
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Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

Love this book. so so sweet. Love Rory. I know that Owen was trying to be a nice guy but you seriously became a total douche. Rory though was perfect. At first his hangups over class took over but as he and Cora got to know each other they were so perfect together. I beg you please Ms. Cosby please...let them be together in the end of this series.

A light fun sweet read in which the plot and the writing will keep you entranced as you learn about love, loss, life and such fantastical things like s
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

I came across this title while browsing through Netgalley, and it sounded interesting, though I've not had good experience with YA books based on water creature mythology. I started reading this one as soon as I received the approval email...and loved it right off.

Even from the first 10% I knew this would be a five starer. The writing was vivid, the characters engaging and fascinating, I loved Cora right from the start, so easy for me to identify with and unders
Bubble Bath Books
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

Sissy says: Learning to Swim has layers of backstory, memories, and tragedies, and it was quite engaging--I read it in a couple of days and was kept up at night trying to make sure I had everything straight in my head. My favorite character was Mrs. O'Leary. She is a complex individual who cannot be labeled as good or bad. The Irish folklore she introduces is fascinating, but full of riddles and hidden meanings. Mrs. O'Leary, known as Lia (short for Cordelia) by the townfolk, has episodes of war
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-this
First off, thank you soooo much to Annie Cosby, who sent me this copy to read!

This was an interesting read. On the one hand, I thought I had it totally all figured out, and I knew exactly what was going to happen, and on the other hand, I didn't trust myself, and had to keep reading rather feverishly to find out if I was right. That is a good mix. I like that the book sort of fed me little clues, but I didn't put everything together the right way, not until I had already reached the end. I liked
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It Happened One Summer...
1st, as always let me say, I read / listened to this book in audio format via I love audio books & get them whenever I can. Audiobooks offer proper pronunciations & tons of excitement with all the voices. I tend to absorb audio better & the stories stay with me.
OMG, What a great story! Annie Cosby drew me into this story from the very beginning. What looked like a summer with a bunch of rich kids turned in to a folk tale. I loved this story. I wouldn't ha
Fida Islaih
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I started reading. It had no action, and was slow. Taking it's time to set up the story. For us to know the characters well. Then I got distracted, didn't even think of it, didn't rush back like I usually do. I picked it up again because I needed something to do.

Like I said it was just introducing the characters. But bits here and there gave some action. Not until past the halfway mark. I guess that happens in a series but this is the first series I felt that, this slow.

At halfway and after is
Katie Grady
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG GUYS. READ. THIS. BOOK. it catches your attention because, well, there's nothing really like it out there. with a cliff hanger that leaves you begging for the next one to be out already, you find yourself rereading everything to make sure you have it down. cosby write with a sort of.....Madeline L' Engle feel and definitely does not dissapoint. reread factor of 100000000000000 out of 5 ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous beginning to a new Young Adult fantasy series! The legends are old, but the content is brand new and fascinating.

Read full review in the 2014 August issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for a honest review!

4 stars. I really enjoyed this. Like a lot. This book was such a breath of fresh air and I thought it was a lot of fun. It's a light and cute story of self discovery.

The writing was really good, very easy to get into and the setting was drew me in immediately. From the very first time that Cora goes to Mrs. O'Leary's house I was drawn in.

The family dynamics in this was one of my favorite things because it felt so real. W
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 4 stars
General: This book was wonderfully engaging from the first page to the last. It is filled with not only a strong backstory in mystery and plenty of heartache and attention grabbing plot elements that sucked me in from the start. I love that it was about Selkie's as it's not as done now and allowed for many original concepts. My only real compliant was the ch
Book Review originally published here:

Learning to Swim is the first book in a new series, and it’s off to a good start.

When Cora’s mother forces her to go on summer holiday, Cora thinks her summer is doomed. Her parents belong in a world of parties, wealth, and the elite. While Cora spends half the time in that world, she also takes some time to visit the world of the locals on her holiday, and to discover more abot mythology and folklore than she ever th
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r, net-galley, arcs
**ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange of a honest review

Actual Rating: 2.5

Hmmm. The book is not bad but it's not that great either. It's totally forgettable but I would not deny the fact that I earned few laughs while reading this.

I don't know what to feel about Cora, the heroine, actually. You know the feeling when somebody forbids you to do something and you want to do it because you want to feel in control? Cora is on the rebellious stage of her life. I find her annoying some
Book received for free by the author via YA Insider for an honest review

Not having heard of LEARNING TO SWIM before going in, I had little to no expectations. I think this is both a good thing, yet a bad thing, considering there were times when I couldn't make heads or tails of the genre of the book, and the direction of the story. Is it contemporary? Fantasy? Is it something in between?

That being said, this read more of a coming of age story to me. With the main character, Cora, figuring some t
Josephine Maltese
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Started April the 25th, finished April the 25th.

Before I start the review I would like to thank Annie Cosby (A very amazing author) for giving me a free copy of the book, Learning To Swim.

This book really has a wide range of audience and it does it so well. It is a young adult paranormal romance with good twist and turns along the way. It is so easy to do a bad job at these kinds of books and I'm so glad that this didn't happen.

Cora is a strong female character yet she very realistically relies
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to annie cosby for letting me R2R this book.
This book follows cora an 18 year old girl born into a wealthy family. After the tragic death of her sister her mum & dad have kept her on a very short leash. They all go away for the summer, where all the wealthy familys go to stay in the 'big houses'.
Cora starts to rebel in this book and she meets an old lady called mrs o'leary who tells tales of sea creatures. There she also meets ronan/rory & I loved this romance. It was not insta love and
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Learning to Swim is a story full of folklores, riddles and hidden meanings.
Actually, it was so far on how I was expecting this book would come out. Instead of having a summery feel into it the majority of the book was filled with mysteries and eerie stuffs. I actually had a hard time getting into the story of Learning To Swim and it actually took me three days to finish this one. It started as a typical Young Adult Story where the heroine will be spending the summer on the coast with her parents
Dannie JO
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to start out by saying thank you Annie for sending out your copying to me and others. It was a privilege to get a chance to read it. In the beginning I wasn't too fond of the main character. I felt like she should have been a little stronger and stood up to her mom but then again I sympathized with her since I've been in her place before. As the story unfolds I finally get to see her get stronger and takes her life in her own hands. Overall it was a great read. I was obsessed with the who ...more
Michele Breaux-Rowley
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
While Learning to Swim is not my usual genre of books I found that it was a great distraction to my usual fare. Ms. Cosby’s characters are engaging, interesting, and well developed. The story line was intriguing and kept me reading, wondering how things would resolve themselves. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever read anything about the Celtic folk lore of Selkies. This in and of itself is extremely interesting and I hope that the author doesn’t abandon that story line, I find mys ...more
Arnild Aldepolla
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is perfect for summer reads and more perfect if you’re traveling or on a vacation.

The story is light. not too slow, not to fast, it’s more on a contemporary reads, less fantasy
But really CUTE! yes, a cutie patotie contemporary story with a hint of Selkie-ish (I’ll give 5 stars if the fantasy essence would really more established since it’s really my cup of tea.) but over all it’s still entertaining and really refreshing.

I have this feeling that it’s kinda predictable then unpredictable
Sarah Creighton
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful story. I just couldn't put the book down! I'd definitely recommend it and I'm going to give my copy to all my friends to read. I'm sure the sequel will be just as good! Can't wait to read it. "Learning to Swim", 5 stars. ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cora's summer in Oyster Beach at the Pink Palace (think Pepto Bismal), with her parents might just be an excuse to run away and act like the memory of a sister (daughter) is not haunting them anymore. Cora feels like she is living two lives, hers and the one her parents planned for her. When Cora meets the mysterious Mrs. O'Leary, Cora realizes from this summer on she is living one life hers. Which might also included the very handsome Rory O'Brien. Oyster Beach might turn out to be just
Angala Fox
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
This was a great YA romance. The story was engaging and the characters were well developed. I'm looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author successfully made you believe you was in Cora,s head, seeing and feeling as she did. I must admit I felt like shaking her at times though! To me Cora was the main character. The story seemed to be about a young lady trying to find her place in the world, with added pressure around her, trying to steer her in different directions. It had magic, tears, guilt, love and romance. There was some other great characters I would love to to learn more about. ...more
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Zachary Flye
Actual Rating 2.5 stars


Protagonist: Cora's family decides to spend their summer at Oyster beach, there Cora meets new people that change her life in significant ways, well, sort of. For most of the book Cora acts like an immature fourteen or fifteen year old rich brat and not the eighteen year old young woman she is. Honestly if she was only immature for a little bit, or even a good size portion of the book before developing into someone more mature I wouldn't have minded all that much. I
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was contacted by the author to review this book and I'm glad I was because I loved it. I was nervous, but excited to see what the book would include and, rather surprisingly, I was in no way disappointed.

I knew there was magical realism involved in this book as well as Celtic mythology, they were the things that made me agree to read and review this book, but I still don't think I was prepared for the story I got. I hadn’t really thought about the summary too much, I literally knew that there
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Sep 12, 2015 03:24PM  
Annie is a short, dog-obsessed, ketchup-loving romantic who splits her days—and her wardrobe—between her hometown, St. Louis, and her adopted love, Galway, Ireland.

Her first book was the start of the USA Today-recommended Hearts Out of Water series followed by the Amazon chart-soaring novella series, The Hummingbird Saga.

When she's not writing, she's usually reading, editing for awesome YA author

Other books in the series

Hearts Out of Water (2 books)
  • Lifespan of a Memory (Hearts Out of Water #2)

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