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January 2017

To The Sea – Christine Dibley

To The Sea – Christine Dibley

To The Sea

4 Stars (4 / 5)

I am constantly impressed with the new Aussie authors that are emerging! What a bunch of talent we have here!

This book was delightful! What captured me the instant I saw it, is the beautiful cover. It really captures the essence of the story. I quickly became engrossed in the beautiful saga of this family, and its interesting and perhaps magical history.

A teenager named Zoe has been reported missing, most likely drowned off the coast of Tasmania. Tony is the lead investigator in her disappearance and realises right from the start that there is something strange about the family that lives in the beautiful house by the sea. While investigating Zoe’s life, Tony is swept into the stories of the history of the family, from hundreds of years ago, up until now. And some of it is a bit beyond belief. Will he be able to find Zoe? Is she really dead, or is there something extraordinary happening?

The story is told from four perspectives. Tony, the investigator carries the weight of the plot in his search for the missing girl. Zoe’s aunt Sadie and her parents John and Eva have the remaining narratives, and fill in the story with important history, leading certain things to come together, and others that create even more mystery.

The writing of this novel is absolutely beautiful. It didn’t take me long at all to get engrossed in the story and just when I was getting into a nice groove, the tales within the story BLEW ME AWAY. I was utterly captivated by the stories of love, loss, betrayal and sacrifice. And the romance! There were a few romances weaved into the story and they were all sweet, one especially. However, with so many back stories I sometimes became confused with who was who and where I was in the story. I think this is my issue more than the writing though, I am a very fast reader, and I have baby brain! I’m not surprised I got a bit lost – I am surprised I can remember my name most days at the moment!

My only other criticism was the ending. It just didn’t do it for me. It was good, and I got it, I really did. But personally I didn’t find it ultimately satisfying. However, it didn’t diminish the rest of the story for me at all!

Would I recommend To The Sea?

Absolutely. If my ramblings have even remotely sparked your interest, then I have no doubt you will enjoy it. Definitely worth reading!

Many thanks to the author via Pan Macmillan for a copy of To The Sea to read in exchange for an honest review.

PURCHASE:

Pan Macmillan | Kindle AU | Kindle US


If you enjoy To The Sea, you may enjoy:

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The Selection – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection #1) – Kiera Cass

The Selection

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Sometimes I consider myself to be quite a YA fan. I’m not even sure what I like about the genre. I guess it depends on the novel. I like the adventure when someone is just growing up and is thrust into a world that they have to learn how to deal with, even though they have limited life experience. It reminds me of growing up I suppose. As I become older, growing into an adult becomes more and more of a memory and part of me yearns for the innocence and naivety of youth. Wow, that was deep. Ok enough of that. Lets cut a long story short: I hate “The Bachelor” on television… I have no idea what possessed me to listen to this audio book and think that I would enjoy it.

America Singer (yes, that’s actually her name) is a teenage girl growing up in a dystopian world, where people are divided into numbers based on class. The upper classes are wealthy, and never have to want for anything. The lower classes are starving, and work hard to stay alive. The prince needs to find himself a wife, so they run the bachelor. Its actually called the “selection” but its the darn bachelor television show but getting around trademarking. A bunch of women must compete for the love of the prince, he must eliminate all but one… Blah blah blah… And of course he is drawn to the beautiful lower class America, because she is “witty” and “stands up to him” and “brave”. But she is already in love with someone who is  of a lower class than she is. Oh what? A love triangle in a YA? Nooooo.

I actually didn’t dislike this book too much at the start. I was listening intently, enjoying the story. However the problem was, that the WHOLE BOOK was just the start. I knew that it was a series, what I didn’t realise was that the actual selection GOES ON for the whole series!!! Who does he choose in the end? No idea, there are another TWO books to get through first!!! Stuff that! I’m done. I have no doubt he will pick her in the end and that she will dump the lower class boyfriend for the handsome rich prince (that is not a spoiler, I honestly have no idea!)

Anyway, perhaps the 14 year old me would have enjoyed this a lot more. But it was just way too “oh woe is me, oh I love him, but I also love HIM”. Yes, this will end in heartbreak, which is exactly what my wasted hours listening to this audiobook has turned into.

Would I recommend The Selection?

Um no, I don’t think I would even recommend it for teenagers. I prefer books that describe love in a healthy way.

Mike drop.

The end

I purchased this audiobook from audible.com at my own expense.


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Artificial

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