- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425222977
- ISBN-13: 978-0425222973
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2008
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"This is an especially fine paranormal with strong characters, logical plotting and a great sense of place. A new offering in the Children of the Sea series, it will have you hitting the bookstore for the others. Don't go to the shore without this bit of selkie romance." - RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 stars
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Last night, as I was browsing my shelves looking for a book, I spotted this one. I added it to my "Currently-Reading" shelf, read a chapter, and took it back off the shelf. I browsed my shelves again looking for something else before forcing myself to pick the book back up to get it out of the way. It's not that I'd heard bad things about this book, I was just in the mood for a good book and based on the first book I was pretty confident that this wouldn't be it. But I was wrong.
The worldbuilding still isn't very deep, but with a more enjoyable storyline it didn't bother me like it did before. That, or I just expected it this time around.
The biggest difference (a positive one) from the first book was the relationship and the characters. It was really hard for me to like Margred because she came off as pretty selfish and cold. I get that selkie's are all about themselves, but that really doesn't endear them to me. I expected more of the same from Dylan, but it was completely different.
Dylan acted cold and removed, but he could never keep it up for long. Under the surface he had countless emotions and fears that he refused to acknowledge because selkies didn't feel or want the way he did. I loved watching him slowly get closer to Regina while resisting it at the same time. His reluctant sentiment and caring were all the more sweet and special because they were done despite himself.
Regina took a bit longer for me to warm up to, but it wasn't long before I liked her too. I liked that she was so independent and didn't cling. The very fact that she didn't made her perfect for Dylan because it forced him to reach out and acknowledge that he needed the little signs of affection too.
I liked that Nick wasn't just cast as a token character. Kids are too often used strictly as a plot device and are then relegated to the shadows until it's convenient for them to come back out again and be precocious. That didn't happen with Nick. Regina actually treated him like a real son and feared his growing connection with Dylan. She never forgot him and she didn't let Dylan either.
I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that bugged me. For one, once again this relationship is started with a one night stand. Is this how every book by her is going to start? I'm not really a fan of this plot device so I hope not. Also, Regina sure did accept the existence of selkies with no problem. I know Dylan needed that acceptance, but a little disbelief wouldn't have been amiss.
After enjoying this one so much I'm a lot more excited about reading the next one. I've heard this series just gets better and better with each book, so it should be a good one.
If I were to debate the merits of the two, I could argue that Sea Witch (Children of the Sea, Book 1) had the better mystery, but on the other side, Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) has a better romance (and that's saying something because I really enjoyed Caleb and Margred's romance) and better character development because the motivations of the characters felt very real and understandable.
Regina Barrone grew up on World's End. Due to circumstances, she returned to the island to work at her mother's restaurant and make a life for herself and her young son. But as any single parent can tell you, it gets lonely and Regina is no exception to that rule. So on one night, a slightly drunk Regina and not so drunk Dylan hook up.
It was a one night stand that had consequences that goes long past that night.
Dylan Hunter is the older brother of Caleb (Sea Witch's hero). He's also the sibling who pulled the selkie bloodline when he turned 13. As such, his mother and he disappeared into the sea. He's determined to remain a selkie, but his prince, Conn, has ordered him back to World's End, the island of his childhood, to find out why the demon world is interested in the goings on and if it has anything to do with a prophecy that involves Dylan's mother and their bloodline.
Once Dylan returns to the island, he finds himself drawn back to Regina and her life as he finds that Regina may be as much in danger as Margred before her. In spite of himself, he is drawn into the human world that he wants to run from but cannot.
The strength of Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2) isn't in the paranormal plotline. That's the flavoring, but not the meal of the story. The strength is in the characters. Regina is proud and prickly with every reason to be. Dylan has issues about his mother, his father, and his own identity conflict. Regina's mother Antonia is more strongwilled and stubborn than her daughter. Regina's son, Nick, loves his mother, wouldn't mind a father, but has reservation of his own as Dylan and Regina seem to grow closer. Add to that mix is the tenuous brotherly bonds between Dylan and Caleb as well as Dylan's difficulty in coming to terms with his father and you've got a story that doesn't completely rely on the novelty of the paranormal touches.
In fact, the paranormal touches are almost a distraction. Almost but not quite. Because the world of the selkie, the humans and the demon world are colliding and this installment of the series highlights that conflict that is coming.
What Kantra does well is that she balances the two elements: the characters interaction and the action. In Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2), the characters drove the action more than the action driving the characters and I really liked that.
Still, there was enough action and intrigue and questions still hanging in the air to set up for the next installment of the series, Sea Lord, which isn't due out until 2009.
As I did with Sea Fever (Children of the Sea, Book 2), I am looking forward to that book and read Lucy's story.
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Not only the sex scenes but it was a very good mystery and love story.Read more