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Dark Is the Sea

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Haunted by her mother's disappearance and plagued by nightmares, eighteen year old Rowan Munro abandons London for Dorchay, the remote Scottish village where she spent her childhood. With the help of her eccentric aunt and a familiar face from her past, she unlocks a power in her that is at once terrifying, yet curiously addictive. As she uncovers the deeply buried secrets ...more
Published (first published November 12th 2014)
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Casey Ann Books
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. First off the cover is BEAUTIFUL!
Its set in the Scottish Highlands. I could literally picture myself there and smell the sea. Rowan (love that name for a girl) abandons London for Dorchay, the remote Scottish village where she spent her childhood. She doesn't expect to unlock a power in her and uncover the deeply buried secrets of her family, she awakens something only imaginable in her worst nightmares.

I love @h_blanchard_ Writing!!! So atmospheric! I could close my eyes and imagine myself
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Can we take a moment and appreciate how beautiful the cover is! The title is equally ravishing, but the author's writing style tops it all. I could feel the uncanny aura settle around me, the sea waves roaring my name, I could hear the forest trees howling in the night. I fell in love with the hauntingly beautiful setting, ripped from a dark fairytale (in Rowan's words), the dreary world the author created.

After turning every page my hunger effloresced. I needed to know what'll happen next. I am
Jay G
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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*I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review*

After her mother's disappearance, Rowan leaves London to go live with her eccentric Aunt Kitty in Durachy. Upon arriving, Rowan discovers that she comes from a long line of witches. As she steps into her new found powers, she is being hunted by a spirit that has been around for many years called The Hunter.

I love the cover which wa
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-2016-reads
Precise Rating: 2.5

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange of an honest review. All opinions stated are mine and 100% true.

I really love the cover and the tittle of the book. Absolutely Beautiful. Wish I could say the same about the story.

The story started out really well. Unfortunately things soon became rushed and predictable.

Romance needs time to set. I say, don't keep romance as a subplot if you can't give it sufficient time because your main character would across as a *you know
Review to come.....
Arnild Aldepolla
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I though at first DARK IS THE SEA is another mermaid's tale but nahhhh.

This book is a witchie story, and I do love witchie books, my kind of genre.

The book really has a plot twist that keeps me on reading this book, and what it is? ............................................The Mermaid-ish folk story like.

It's just that it's kinda a lil bit confusing to me at first, but i do love the concept. The concept is augghhhhwesome! ....and unpredictable somehow!

looking forward what happens next :)
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Really cool concept...liked the mix of suspense and the paranormal. At times the difference between visions, dreams and reality (in the book) were rather blurry and I had a hard time following the storyline but overall a good read.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I really enjoyed reading this book. I am really sad that it is not a series where it could continue. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the setting, the characters, and the story line was really good. It was awesome. I wish it was a series though, but that is ok.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars.

A nice short read that I found to be quite enjoyable. This book is for witch lovers and those who enjoy a bit of Scotland. It has mythology, witchcraft, romance and mermaids. Overall it was a good book, though some parts were confusing it all turned out well in the end.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I (surprisingly) enjoyed reading this book :)
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Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a perfect Autumn read around Halloween! I loved the eerie and ominous vibe with unexpected plot twists. I had an instant connection with the main character Rowan, and my heart ached for her. I cheered her on during her self discovery, and her difficult times and trials. I adored the contemporary seaside Scottish setting laced with magic, folklore, history, and a touch of horror. I have never seen witches, haunted castle, ghosts, familiars, and mermaids blended so well into one stor ...more
Farwa Zahra
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book has a wonderful cover. But unfortunately that's the only thing good about it. I didn't understood the story, the characters were dull and the plot messy and all over the place. ...more
Kaylin Beach
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Are you ready to take an exciting, mind boggling journey with Rowan from her home in London to Dorchay? Where witches are real, shadows lurk, and friendships rekindle.

Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard is about a girl named Rowan, who has never been a very lucky girl. She is kidnapped at the age of 10 and then loses her mother shortly after. Rowan travels a lot with her dad, until she loses him as well. She has no choice but to move in with her aunt Kitty. Here she learns that she is a witch,
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"This book was sent to me by the author in return for an honest review .That does not in any way change or affect how i felt about this book"
Dark in the sea was a very different read and i quite enjoyed it it was certainly eerie.I am the kind of person who gets scared very easily but i love listening and reading scary stories and this book was certainly very nerve wrecking .but i loved it , i loved the concept of witches that just roam about and mermaids and all the super natural folk .i have
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be very honest I wasn't expecting this book to be this intriguing. Till the very end felt like reading it 'cause it was totally like watching a movie to me.

If I talk about what it's about then all you thriller lovers this ones for you. The story is about a 18 years girl Rowan who has anxiety and phobia issues. Her mother got disappeared when she was a kid and after the death of her father she moves to her old village to search for her mum and gets to know she actually is a witch like her moth
Sumaiya Mubeen
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Are you searching for some creepy and 'are you out of your senses?'type of book? If yes,then you've just found it because this book is exactly what I mentioned above. This book was good.And let me tell you one thing-I wasn't able to read it in one sitting.The reason behind this is that me and my brain needed some time to digest and absorb all the creepy (in a good way) stuff that was happening. All said and done,the ending was satisfying and good enough.You definitely will sign off feeling satis ...more
Amy | She & Books
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I finished #DarkistheSea by #HeatherBlanchard today. It's an enchanted and amazing tale of witches/sirens but I must say not a typical/traditional one that I have read before.
It's a story of a girl named 'Rowan' who is haunted by sudden disappearance of her mother. She lives in london but her father's death sends her back to where her past belongs. She came to live with her aunt 'Kitty' that's where she gets to know the truth of her deep hidden powers and meets her childhood friends. Annnddd th
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptionally good young adult fiction book from an exciting new British author. It's extremely well written, the clever plot moves along at a fantastic pace and the characters are very 'real' and very modern - and unlike many young adult fiction books it's genuinely haunting - even frightening in parts - and includes well-formed adult and elderly characters. Set in an eerie Scottish highland landscape, it combines witchcraft, fantasy and mystery in a way that's believable and compell ...more
Zainab Ishaq
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all the cover of the book is so beautiful.It was an exceptionally good book. Extremely well written with a clever plot. I literally fell in love with the world that Heather ( Author) created. I was so eager to know what would happen next. There were so many twists and turns in this book. I really liked this book
Nicole Spencer
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual genre of book but I really enjoyed it. The characters really came alive and the descriptive writing transported me into a mystical Scottish landscape. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. Looking forward to the next novel!
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Beautiful cover and title.

Witch genres are my thing so was happy to have this book in my hands.

Quite a creepy book!

I just felt that parts of the story were rushed and I found it hard to take a liking to the characters.

Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just wasn't my cup of tea. I DNF at 70% ...more
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With a childhood spent in the Scottish Highlands and Yorkshire, Heather Blanchard developed a passion not only for books, but also for creative writing.

Dark is the Sea, her first novel, emerged from a love of ghost stories, fairy tales, folklore, and old movies.

Heather lives in London with her husband Paul.

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