FICTION

Fear the Drowning Deep

256p. ebook available. Sky Pony. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781510703483.
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Gr 9 Up—On a small, isolated island in 1913, readers will find the makings of an exciting tale full of magic. Bridey Corkill lives with her family on Port Coire and has dreams of leaving it all behind. She fears the sea, and nothing can change that, especially when a woman's body washes up on the shore. Then Bridey meets the mysterious Fynn; he can't remember who he is and doesn't know where he is from. The narrative is imaginative, adventurous, and full of mythology. The descriptive language will engage teens and is authentic to the time period. The story is captivating, and the mythological aspects will encourage readers to research unfamiliar terms and animals. Bridey is very relatable; she is courageous but also has fears. Her family and the townspeople add more to the intrigue. This title is perfect for fans of the romance in the "Twilight" series who are looking for a Rick Riordan twist. The elements of this book are much the same as those in other teen romances with magic and mythology, but the creatures, the glashtyn, are new to young adult fiction.
VERDICT Recommended for collections in need of a new paranormal romance series.

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