Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT CRY OF THE SEA by @DGDriverAuthor

Today’s team review is from Cathy, she blogs at

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Cathy has been reading Cry Of The Sea by D G Driver


I haven’t read many Mermaid novels but this is completely different, in a good way, to the ones I have read. Juniper Sawfeather, the daughter of well known environmental activists, is a high school senior contemplating her future career. She doesn’t want to follow in her parents’ footsteps, even though she supports them and helps out when she can. Her ultimate goal is to enter the field of marine biology and escape from the embarrassing stigma of her ‘weird’ parents, which has made her less than popular at school.

Being called out at all hours of the day and night is an integral part of life for the Sawfeather family and when June’s father gets an emergency call in the early hours one morning, he and June head to the beach where there has been a massive oil spill. As they do what they can to save the marine life coated in oil, they discover incredible, human-like creatures washed up on the beach which will impact hugely on everyone concerned. When two of the creatures, who June and her father believe are mermaids, die, they are desperate to save the third, and take her to a rescue centre where Carter, the young intern, joins their fight.

June and Carter are attracted to each other but their budding romance doesn’t run smoothly and is really a small part of the story. The teenage self-consciousness and uncertainty is portrayed perfectly as June struggles with the conflicting emotions between adolescence and adulthood. I like how her character develops throughout and how she comes to realise what is actually important and worth bothering about in life.

This story has strong messages, not least from the environmental point of view, and although there’s no lecturing, it certainly brings these issues to the forefront. I love the interesting references to Native American folklore concerning mermaids and orcas, from stories told through the generations. The mermaids in the story are interpreted and described realistically, without glamorizing or humanizing them, which makes the concept more believable and engaging

The oil spill situation and repercussions are portrayed genuinely and are obviously well researched, showing how the negligence of a large company can have a devastating impact on the environment. A very good, well written story full of intrigue and conspiracies as June, her best friend and her parents, Carter and others try to outwit the oil company in an effort to help save the mythical sea creatures.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT CRY OF THE SEA by @DGDriverAuthor @MelangeBooks #YA

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs at

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Jessie has been reading Cry Of The Sea by D.G Driver

High School Popularity Drama.

Big Oil.


Three incongruous topics seamlessly melded together in one novel.

I know it sounds implausible, but I assure you not only is it true, but the book even includes a good dose of environmental lobbying, coming of age, and journalism in today’s online world.

I read this novel with what can only be described as awe that the author was not only able to pull off this plot line, but do it in a way that left me thinking, “Well, maybe it could happen…”

Then I got to the end.

I won’t spoil it for you, but it was one of those endings that left you satisfied that the book ended just exactly how it should have.

Would I recommend it? I didn’t much care for all the high school drama when I was in high school. I like it less now. It’s only because of that aspect of the book that I wouldn’t outright recommend it to my adult friends. But, I think back to myself as a teenager, and I would have loved this, drama and all. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to the young adults it was written for!

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Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

Between Land and SeaBetween Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a curious book spanning several genres and I’m undecided which target audience it would appeal to. The book introduces us to Isabella a mermaid who has been banished from her underworld Mediterranean Kingdom after she fell in love with a human. I began with images of a fantasy novel which would appeal to the younger market.

Isabella has lost her tail and been given a new human identity as a 53 year old women and dropped into a small Canadian town called Carden. Wow! That was a shocker! I didn’t expect that. She finds that her Grandmother has set her up in an apartment and given her twelve months to get a job, find a man and survive. In keeping with the fantasy element Isabella has the use of a Tablet and a numbers mermaid who can advise her and provide magical buttons to enhance her life skills.

She must make a new life as Barbara Davies. The book takes off on a journey of discovery for Barbara as a middle aged woman who must re-invent herself and this would appeal to many older women who have experienced life, relationships and hardships. Barbara’s lucky, the specialist buttons and good friends allow her to succeed in all that she touches. She embarks on writing a book and this will echo with anyone who has sat down to write their own first book.

Barbara’s job and book all lead her to offering counselling advice and we stay with the adult theme when she meets Graham and begins a slow burner relationship, there’s no hot romance it’s more a background theme. During her publishing process Barbara meets several people who indulge in New Age thinking and self-help therapies and so the book shifts again. The mermaid links pop back and forth reminding us this is a fantasy, which makes it hard to conclude. If you are a older woman who can relate to failed relationships and the need to re-invent your life but who also likes mermaids, plus wants a light read, then this could be for you.

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