My thoughts...One of the biggest things I look for when reading a book is a strong heroine. Adrianne, the young girl from The Forbidden Sea is just that. She is very strong willed, smart, determined, and very devoted to her family. I instantly felt sympathetic for this girl who lost her father in a tragic accident. She finds herself living in poverty with her mother, sister, and an aunt that treats her very disdainfully. She has an inner strength that helps her deal with some very difficult people and situations. The other characters helped build the story, but they were not as memorable as Adrianne.
The plot of The Forbidden Sea moved at a steady pace. The book takes place in an earlier time and the author did a good job of describing the lifestyle of the villagers. I could imagine the fear from a time when legends seemed alive in memories and stories. The book really got vivid toward the ending. The story got very suspenseful and I was very unsure how it would end.
Overall, I really enjoyed the writing style and the originality of the book. This is a safe title for younger readers and I would recommend it to fans of YA literature.
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This arc was provided by Around The World Tours.