Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee ~ Book Review by JJ

Seven-tears-at-high-tideTitle: Seven Tears at High Tide

Author: C.B. Lee

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: C.B. Messer/C.B. Lee

Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Young Adult

Blurb:

Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”

Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.

As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.

My View:

This YA novel by a debut writer knocked my socks off, made me get a bit weepy and well, I just loved it.

This novel first piqued my interest because of the lovely title. I read the sample and thought it was okay, and I kept reading. It was better than okay, far better.

The novel starts with Kevin, newly and cruelly dumped by his sort of friend, sort of love interest, Miles.  Kevin is lonely, hurt, desperately unhappy, and sees an empty, lonely summer stretching ahead, so he stands on the shore and he cries. The Sea hears him, and sends him Morgan, a selkie, just for the summer.

Ever watched a movie that started slowly, and just kept getting better and better? Seven Tears at High Tide just kept getting better and better. I fell in love with the characters, especially Morgan, but Kevin too. Morgan navigating the human world was wonderful to watch, he appears at Kevin’s house the first time announcing he’s in love with Kevin, and makes the announcement to Kevin’s mother. Well, it’s pretty weird, but Kevin is very lonely and he begins to warm up to the very strange Morgan. Morgan who is clumsy on land, and so skilled in the sea, Morgan who doesn’t have many clothes or any money, Morgan who is bright and attentive and only wants Kevin to be happy.

Morgan’s selkie family is well drawn, the closeness, the teasing, the playfulness, the hints of sadness from his mother. Morgan, we learn, had a human father, and he is only a Halfling. Kevin’s family is loving too, perhaps a bit too zealous and accepting when Kevin comes out, but a wonderfully refreshing change from family disapproval and anger and angst.

The couple do face their challenges; there are ‘scientists’ hunting selkies, and Morgan finds out a devastating secret, and he has painful choices to make.

The strength of this novel is in its two lead characters. Watching these two characters grow, and blossom, especially Kevin in the later part of the novel, was a delight.  C.B. Lee has written a wonderful tale about falling in love and growing up and making difficult choices. I can’t wait to see what this author has in store next time.

Links

Seven Tears at High Tide on Goodreads
Interlude Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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