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Shining Sea

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Falling in love shouldn’t feel like drowning.

Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with her mother, Arion and her father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Skyscape
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Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been in the captivating Siren thrall of this book for several decadent, glorious days. This, my friends, is the perfect ocean fantasy escape - and, hands down, one of the sexiest, dark fantasies I've ever read. Shining Sea is so gorgeously written I fell completely under its tidal, musical spell. The supernatural Siren in this book is an alluring teenaged guy, and our human protagonist, Arion, the daughter of a coast guard father who lives in a lighthouse (how's that for atmosphere). Mimi ...more
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

the cover of this book is very beautiful and successful without doubt :)

I really enjoyed this reading, the story is very original and very well written, I think it's maybe something personal that has failed to reach both me, as I thought would happen, I struggled in some parts keep pace reading, but I liked especially the end of the book that has been very good, and clearly leaves open end for the sequel, which I will wait to l
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted an ebook copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I am far from being a Twilight fan. The only way you can consider me to be in anyway involved in the franchise is that I absolutely adore the Rifftrax version of the movie. I have never touched a copy of the book, let alone read it. But even with my lack of knowledge, the parallels between the two are pretty obvious.

Arion is a teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of an accident that caused her older siste
Kim Robinson
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Music again is the alluring thread that runs through author/musician Mimi Cross's second YA novel.

When seventeen year old Arion is forced to move with her father back to his hometown of Rock Hook Harbor, Maine, she grieves leaving her older sister Lilah behind. Popular Lilah has suffered a tragic accident that has left her mute and distant to everyone including Arion.

In her new home, Arion finds a group of friends and does her best to adjust to her new life minus Lilah. She attracts and enjoys
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
For the most part, I liked it. I enjoyed her writing style, but I didn't really enjoy the fact that it was SO similar to Twilight. Because of the similarities, I was literally rolling my eyes at a lot of different parts. I mean, it's a good book, but it's not something that I would read over and over again. Even though the protagonist had these two love interests, it was all superficial and based on appearances. That was it. There was no depth to either relationship that she had. Even with her f ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was like a roller-coaster ride of confused feelings and emotions that i wish i could again for the first time. I had to sit my book down during some sections so i could "oooooooh nooooooooooooo" *pull my hair* *rub my face* *hold my breath*

I love it when a book really gets in your head. I just finished reading it, its 11.57pm and im incredibly tired and i cant stop thinking about it.

That ending though...

2.5 stars

Full review to come!
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I am finding this book difficult to review, there was nothing wrong with it, just wasn’t really for me. It was a bit slow, a bit boring, I thouhgt there would be more fantasy. The pacing was a little all over the place. It jumped around a lot and I felt that it was missing some information. Books often jump time for the story, a few days here, a couple of weeks there, but here is felt disjointed.

It’s probably better suited for people who enjoy romance as the main genre, where as I prefer it as a
Elisha Jachetti
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first noticeable element of Shining Sea by Mimi Cross is the packaging. The beautiful and mysterious cover is immediately intriguing, as is the compelling synopsis on the back. Both the artwork and the description really set the tone for what is to come and what to expect. The book begins in the aftermath of an accident, one which has a lot of secrecy surrounding it. Slowly the audience is clued in to details, as the lead character, Arion, allows herself to remember them and as she discovers ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shining Sea could have been great but was too confusing to possibly achieve that. I've always liked siren myths, so when I got to that part of the book I was kind of excited. Unfortunately, what happened before and after was too not-great to let the siren stuff shine. The first part of the book read like a contemporary, and I honestly thought it would be one of those sweet sibling-relationship-develops-after-accident books, but no. Magic, sirens, murders appear 2/3 of the way through.

There was
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to stay up past your bedtime? Read Shining Sea. Travel to a part of the Maine coast that teems with strange activity, and not just at Arion's new high school. She and her father are living in a lighthouse, as they wait for her mom and sister to join them, if the operation to save her sister works out. As Arion meets the locals, she begins to realize that what's going on with her sister in California might have had roots in this small Maine town. Not only that, the pull of the same fo ...more
Kathy Temean
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version of this book and think this would be the perfect book to read while listening to the words. Actually the women who read the book in the audio version sounds a lot like Mimi. She captured the mystic, lyrical feel of Mimi's words.

Besides being a writer, Mimi is also a musician and it really pours out in everything she writes. A story about mythical creatures that are half human, half bird/angel, with mesmerizing voices is the perfect story for Mimi to show off her
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Arion doesn't exactly meet Bo Summers as much as fall into his arms. But the things she feels can't possibly be normal, they are so strong, She can barely think straight and can't stand to be away from him. But will she ever find out what exactly he is?
I really enjoyed this but felt like the first half was a bit repetitive and could have been shortened. The push and pull between Arion and Bo was clear after a couple of interactions without repeating the same thing over and over. The last few cha
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Rosemary
Cover Story: Awash with Big Face
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: School of Stephenie Meyer
Anti-Bonus Factors: Love Triangle
Relationship Status: Not My Type

Read the full book report here.
Heather Vieiro
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect beach read. It's atmospheric and romantic - and I liked Arion, I thought she was a relatable main character, dealing with unresolved issues-and then getting pulled into (under) new issues and a complicated romance. I would very much like a sequel because the story just lends itself to more books in the future. ...more
Linda Flood
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great read for my beach vacation in Oregon. It was not in my regular genre preference but I could not stop reading this story. I was surprised many times at the twists the story wound out and remain impressed with how compelling the story line was to me as a reader.
Andrea Curreri
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The imagery was incredible.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting! Love the beach setting.
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Jackie Rogers
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me. Didn't know what to expect as I began this adventure. Arion Rush and her dad are embarking on a move to Maine. Her mom and sister will remain in California for the time being. The sister,Lilah is in a comatose state after a near drowning. Ari makes friends on the first day of her senior year. She is drawn to an especially handsome friend as well as a stranger surfing on the sea. Thus begins an incredible journey between the two guys. The one is a mystery and discov ...more
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Choir in school was my first second love after playing the violin. Shining Sea was beautifully written. Fans of the supernatural and mysteries will fall hard for this one. I loved all the music songwriting that was in the story. The humor was even better and the conversations though-out the story was spot on and worked well with the characters and making the story light in places along with the heaviness of the situation. The ending was pretty perfect if you ask me and I can't wait to read somet ...more
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway

At the beginning of the story I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, but it slowly started pulling me in, like the Sirens song, I could not pull away from the story until I knew how it ended. But the pull did not end with the book, I still long to know if Arion kisses Logan? If Lilah tried to deepen Arion? Does her mom ever return....All the unanswered questions ... Overall I enjoyed this story.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a YA read. Although I finished the book I would not recommend it, nor do I think I would consider reading another book from this author. I do not want to say it was bad, just not for me. I did not enjoy the writing or the plot. It felt scattered and unfinished and not in a sequel kind of way. Sorry.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This story was ultimately not for me. I appreciated the authors descriptions of music and a small coastal town, but the relationships didn't sing to me. Probably a good match for bigger fans of YA romance, or folks who enjoy contemporary high school settings mixed with their fantasy more than I do. ...more
Mimi Cross
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm revising and polishing book 2 of Shining Sea, which means it's time to review book 1!
During these stressful crazy amazing times, I need fantasy more than ever. If you feel the same way, you'll find an escape in Shining Sea, a dark YA novel with lots of kisses and more than one mystery. For lovers of lighthouses, oceans, and music...
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Interesting premise, but the Twilight-like plot (complete with sea vampires and love triangle) fell flat. I did enjoy the short chapters and different prose styles. Young adult fans of supernatural romance will probably enjoy it.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the characters.. for the most part. Some annoyed me, a lot of this book annoyed me. Felt like an even more cringe version of twilight. I gave it two stars because I did like some of the characters.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Couldn't get through it. Too much like Twilight and too flowery language. Skipped entire pages of description without losing any plot. ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is literally Twilight. And it's extremely boring. DNF at 40% ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
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Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter. She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and an MA from New York University. She is a performer, a certified music educator, and worked briefly in the music industry. Mimi is also the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the mind body spirit discipline of yoga: story.

Mimi was born in Toronto and gr


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