Book Review: Seaweed by Elle Strauss

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If you’re looking for a cute-sy mermaid story, you may just like Elle Strauss’ Seaweed. It left me smiling and daydreaming about being a mermaid.

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Seaweed

by Elle Strauss

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Dori Seward can’t wait to get out of Eastcove, a sleepy fishing village on the border of New Brunswick and Maine. She bides her time by hanging out with friends, attending swim club, and holding her biggest competition, Colby–who wants more than just friendship, at arm’s length.

Then Tor Riley comes to town and he has everything Dori dreams of in a boyfriend–looks, athleticism and mystery.

But Tor also has a tantalizing secret and Dori is determined to find out what it is. The truth is crazier than her wildest imaginations and more dangerous, too. Dori has new enemies, and they will do anything to get to her.

Her life, her dreams and her love for Tor are all weighing in the balance. Will Dori risk it all in order to have it all?

Since I was still not over merfolk novels, I read the Kindle copy of Seaweed that I picked up back when it was still free. It was recommended by Karen Hooper, the author responsible for my new found love for merfolk.

If you’re not a fan on insta-love, this book isn’t for you. Tor and Dori were attracted to each other even before they spoke with each other. This was quite an entertaining read, I would find myself smiling from time to time because of the parts that I find funny. Like the opening part, when Tor and Dori first hung out and the latter playfully threw water on Tor’s face and he ran away, I couldn’t help but laugh because it was funny in my head. Then there was the date on the boat, there was a part that was so funny too.

Another thing I liked is that Dori is a swimmer. I used to train competitively during high school and reading about Dori’s swim meets brings back memories from my own swimming days.

The plot was okay, there were parts that felt off but it still worked in the end. The science behind the fins-to-legs transformation was realistic, in my opinion. Of course it would hurt to have your fins separate into a pair of legs, amiright?

Seaweed is listed as a stand-alone but the ending felt like a cliffhanger, there were still questions left unanswered, and though the whole story was just okay, I still want to know what happens after that ending.

 

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Mostly writing about my life and experiences, I started blogging in 2005. This current version of the blog has been established since 2011. Professionally, I'm a homebased SEO Expert for a UK company with international clients. With a wide range of interests and hobbies, it took me a while to narrow down my blog niche. I own and care for 5 dogs in a small studio apartment in Las Piñas City, Philippines. I love traveling locally when I have the means, otherwise, I spend most of my time at home.

2 Comments

  1. Pepper Tan
    18 August, 2012

    I’ve never read merfolk literature before, but it seems interesting. Oh, insta-love? I’m a fan! But I hate cliffhangers. I want closure, more than anything :).

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  2. nicklelove
    25 August, 2012

    It’s a good read. It’s not much of a cliffhanger, but I had questions that weren’t answered. I guess it’s one of those endings that leaves you coming up with your own conclusion. 🙂

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