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Seaweed

Seaweed

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by Elle Strauss
     
 

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A teen swim athlete discovers a merfolk world that threatens to keep her out of the ocean forever.

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

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A teen swim athlete discovers a merfolk world that threatens to keep her out of the ocean forever.

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 fantastical 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478368601
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/04/2012
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Elle Strauss writes fun, lower YA fiction (time-travel and fantasy). She also writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers as LEE Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places.

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Seaweed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Elle Straus. I know that when I read her stuff I will be getting something fun and entertaining. I also know that her stuff is definitely something I would let my girls read when they get a little older and are ready for YA. Plus Seaweed is very well written you can trust this author knows what she is doing. When Elle asked if I would be interested in reading Seaweed I knew I would have to. I love mermaid stories and this one seemed perfect. And it was. It had some really cute characters, an interesting storyline, and the right amount of suspense to leave me wondering. My favorite part was the suspense. There was quite a bit in the story and I found myself pleasantly surprised by how some things revealed themselves. Some of which I never saw coming. One thing that kept me from rating this a 5 star book was probably how unbelievable the relationship between Dori and her parents were. I won’t give away what happens, but if I were to have done half of the things she did…well I probably would not be alive right now. I don’t know that’s just me. Maybe other parents were a little more lenient with their kids. I felt she should have been held a little more responsible after all that she did. Anywhoo, loved Seaweed! Thought it was beyond cute and I suggest anyone looking for a clean YA read about merpeople to pick it up today.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Seaweed' is a new fantasy novel that focuses on Dori Seward, the heroine, and the mysterious new guy in town, Tor Riley. As Dori begins to see changes in herself and her life, she notices that Tor is keeping secrets all his own. What exactly is Tor hiding and what does it have to do with Dori? Soon she will discover that myths are actually reality and her life will never be the same. I found this novel to be a sweet and fun young adult fantasy. The characters are a bit flat without any real depth or unique personalities. The romance between Dori and Tor is cute, but definitely had me rolling my eyes at times. The narrative and back story were well developed and had a great flow, which made this book a fast and easy read. I liked the hidden culture that the author reveals in the book - I found it interesting. All in all, this was a good read, but it didn't have any major "wow" factors for me. It seems to blend in with all the other mermaid fiction that is flooding the YA genre now. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
Despite a bit of an awkward beginning, Seaweed turned out to be an undeniably fun and unique reading experience. Yes, it has to do with mermaids, no secret there just by the cover and the description you know that, but it is an unusual mermaid tale. Dori is a fantastic swimmer. And looking for a boyfriend. She lives in the very small town of Eastcove New Brunswick and when a new guy shows up at the end of the year Bonfire, everyone notices, especially Dori. Dori isn't shy so she goes up to introduce herself. But when the guys get a bit rowdy and start spraying soda at each other and Dori decides to spray her water in new guy, Tor's face he dashes off down the beach and heads into the ice cold June waters. Dori, being a lifeguard goes in after him, but cannot find him, and at the risk of hypothermia, she has to get out of the water. Her story launches a massive Coast Guard search for Tor until Tor's Uncle shows up at the police station saying it was all a mistake and Tor is fine. It's all a bit awkward in the beginning, the relationship rushed, Dori's anger at Tor a bit too much for only knowing him such a short while, anger, jealousy, feelings. All of that was a bit much and not like the other Elle Strauss book I've read. But, once all that was over with, which wasn't very much into the book, things settled down and the book got very interesting. Dori finds out that she has a very interesting family tree. And that may explain the pearl like mounds behind her ears and the itchy rashes on her legs. And the deep longing and feelings she has towards Tor. I liked Dori but sometimes she was just plain stupid. She didn't learn from her mistakes and it was as if the guys around her didn't learn from her mistakes either. Every time she asked them to do something and they tried to talk her out of it they gave into her and it ended badly. Come on! How many times does it have to happen before you learn your lesson? And I blame the people that were more experienced for giving in to her. They knew what they were doing was stupid! That was an annoying trait of hers. She never forsaw the danger, until the very end. Finally, she catches a clue and listens. This was a bit predictable as well. I knew what was going to happen before it happened and knew who was who before it happened. But it didn't make everything predictable and it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. I had a great time with the novel. I've been having a hard time finding things that I've wanted to read lately and this one fit the bill for me. There is plenty of room for a sequel so I'm hoping there will be. Thanks to AToMR and Elle Strauss for the review copy of Seaweed. Here is a link to the rest of the tour:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mix of the growing pains of teenage life and romance. I hard a difficult time putting the book down Thank you for sharing your story with us all.
scottie01 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Dori fines out she is a part mermaid part human and that there are 2 clans of merfolk fighting over her. I would love to see a 2nd book to see her become a Queen.
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Dori lives in a small coastal town called Eastcove, where everyone knows everyone. And when the new guy Tor shows up, everything Dori thought she knew changes. Dori is drawn to Tor, he’s different, interesting, and has a secret that will put Dori on the adventure of her life. The story starts right away with Tor and Dori meeting and the instant love or attraction she has for him. I felt a little bewildered because I was just thrown into the story with no warm up to the characters or situation. It was very different from other books I’ve read. However, I also found that to be a breath of fresh air. Seaweed was unique and I quickly got into the story and enjoyed it greatly. I love mer-books to begin with and I especially love the ones with mermen as the lead male character. The world Elle Strauss created was interesting and I could fully immerse myself into it. The book was an easy-quick read, I felt like I was in the book world for so long even though it didn’t really take that long to read. I also loved that it took place in Canada because as a Canadian that excited me¿. Seaweed is definitely not a mer-book that disappoints. Sure, there are a couple times I wanted to scream at Dori for being stupid and not noticing the obvious but when your heroine is a typical teen girl, what do you expect. I recommend this for anyone (mostly young adults or teens) who want to lose themselves in an adventure of mermaids, secrets and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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