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The Twilight Swimmer [Kindle Edition]

A C Kavich
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One year after her beloved sister drowned while swimming in cold New England waters, sixteen-year-old Brandi Vine is still struggling to understand what happened. As she mourns on the rocky beach where her sister's lifeless body washed ashore, she is unaware that a pair of haunting gray eyes is watching her from beneath rolling ocean waves.

When Brandi attends a party that goes horribly awry, the mysterious owner of the gray eyes emerges from the ocean depths and comes to her rescue. She only sees him for a few brief moments, but that's all it takes to turn Brandi's world upside down. What were the strange markings on his neck that seemed to flutter with every breath? How did he possess such inhuman strength and grace? And why did he look at Brandi with such longing?

Brandi's fascination with the Swimmer grows. She makes it her mission to find him again and learn who - and what - he is. Meanwhile, the Swimmer’s fascination with Brandi compels him to leave the safety of the ocean behind, to be with her at all costs. They are from two different worlds, but neither of the star-crossed romantics can resist the pull of the other.

Ultimately, as her feelings for the Swimmer swell beyond her control, Brandi comes to realize that the strange young man from the sea can unlock the secret of her sister's final swim.


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  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2404W8
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Swimmer October 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the pleasure of being asked to read and review The Twilight Swimmer. It is a young adult (YA) novel set in the small New England sea side town of Edgewater. I hail from Massachusetts and grew up only 20 minutes from the ocean, spending my summers in the water, so from the start I was interested. Add that the plot is about a merman, which deviates from the usual mermaid and is a refreshing break from the popular cast of vampires, zombies and werewolves and now I am hooked.

The main character, Brandi Vine or Brandiwine as her father Sherriff Conrad affectionately calls her, has recently and tragically lost her older sister. The family is reeling from Jenny's death. Brandi feels alone and confused until an unexpected visitor comes to call. But her adventures and troubles just begin. I don't want to give the story away, but I have to comment on how impressed I am at the author's ability to touch upon the many intense feelings and emotions that interplay among family members after the death of a sibling or child. The reader is able to relate and sympathize with the characters due to the depth and care taken to describe each person.

The plot was incredible, with many mini-sub plots, character interaction and twists and turns throughout that keep the reader guessing until the very end. I couldn't put the book down. Well done. There must be a sequel
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Give this a 3.5 rating! Worth the Money. November 26, 2013
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About the Book:
Sixteen year old Brandi is dealing with the death of her older sister, Jenny. Jenny loved to swim, especially at night, and one night, late, Jenny lost her life. In the depths of the ocean, watching Brandi as she visits the flat rock where her sister was found, is a human-like creature. A creature who swims near the surface of the water only at night. And this creature is fascinated with Brandi.
Brandi's grief over her sister has caused her to drop out of life, barely acknowledging her teachers or homework, almost ignoring her friends, and practically failing her classes. On one trip to the counselor's office she meets Spider, a tall boy with skinny legs who invites her to a party - an invitation only party outside of town. Brandi's whole world changes when a fire breaks out at this party and she comes face to face with a new obsession. Will it save her from her grief or will she go the way of her sister?

My Take
When I first started this book, I was taken by the language and the depth of the narration of the prologue.

"The Swimmer made his home in water so far below the surface that the sun could not penetrate its depth. And yet, despite the blackness, the Swimmer's gray eyes were always watching. His pupils dilated from lid to hairless lid to sort through the woven shadows of the deep. He could see every alien creature that swam or scuttled by without ever feeling his powerful eyes upon them.
His highly evolved ears were no less remarkable. He could hear the groaning of tectonic plates. He could hear the steady sound of water flowing through his gill line. He could hear the cells of his respiratory system as they strained to draw tiny quantities of oxygen from the liquid and feed his warm blood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally loved this story, great ending... October 4, 2013
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I would highly recommend this story. I love the author's style and imagination.

I am a grandma of 8 and some times read stories my teen age grand kids would like. The story line grabbed my attention, and I found this to be a total page turner for any age.

I love stories with a twist at the end, and this one was awesome. I wanted the story to keep on going. I would love to see these characters brought back in a continuation.

Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Original January 4, 2014
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This is categorized as YA, probably because the story features teenagers, and there is no sex. However, the depth of this story, the well developed characters, and the maturity of the relationships is a marked contrast with the usual YA fare. The lead character, Brandi, is serious and brilliant (and this is demonstrated in many ways, not just by the reader being informed that she is, in fact, pretty darn smart). In most YA books, the female lead is generally silly, immature, acts in ridiculous ways, and makes the reader cringe throughout the book. Brandi does not fit this stereotype.

The peripheral characters, some of whom ARE silly and immature are, nevertheless, fully fleshed, and you really do feel like you are watching teenagers in action. Spider, the smitten boy, Brandi's girlfriends, and her younger brother are all finely drawn, and believable. Her parents are memorable, although the father is rather reminiscent of the father in the Twilight novels.

The narrative is surprisingly rich, despite the genre. I found myself drawn into this world from the first paragraph, and was glued to it to the end. The concept of the "merman", as fantastical as that sounds, is, by the end of the book, so familiar that you'll be looking closely at the ocean next time you go. There were very few moments when I questioned the action, and those moments were delivered in a way that made you feel like you weren't suspending belief. The story felt real.

The end was completely unexpected. I rarely read anything that I don't predict the ending to, at some point. The answer to the central mystery, the death of Brandi's older sister, caught me by surprise. I didn't see it coming until it was there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I loved this book. Please let there be a sequel as I did not get enough of Swimmer. The main character was so witty and smart which was a relief as I do not read young adult... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nicole Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read and I highly recommend it
This was a very unexpected and involved plot, a great read and I highly recommend it.
Published 10 days ago by HappyNanny
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure sweetness
Aside from Jenny dying, I so enjoyed this story! It was like a fairy tale. The family dynamics are what everyone wants!! Loved, loved it!!
Published 11 days ago by cindy petrozziello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Excellent writing; the story keeps the reader engaged so you will have a difficult time putting the book down! Read more
Published 19 days ago by M Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Pretty good, a bit sad. Didn't need cursing but was there anyway
Published 1 month ago by Chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book has a great story to it will keep your interest.
Love the ending it was very interesting has a big surprise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Twilight Summer
I loved, loved this book, I enjoyed the storyline so much and the ending was wonderful, I never saw that coming. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. M. Warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Nighttime Swimming Companion--3.5/5
I feel as if I reveal something about myself and my tastes in each an every I should. So in that spirit, if something has to do with swimming, you can bet that I'm going... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean and Memorable
Loved the swimmer! The actual swimmer in the story. Only one part of the story seemed rushed and written as "oh and by the way" but I won't spoil it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of mystery and suspense
This was a very moving story that kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a story of healing that will capture your heart. The main character, Brandi Vine had just lost her sister. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Ray
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AC is currently at work on the new YA fantasy series The Dragon Tree Chronicles. Look for the next book in the first half of 2014!

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