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As The Sea Inside opens, Jayne is in a hospital, recovering from an accident that robbed her of the ability to walk. She is approached there by a mysterious woman, who offers her an escape -- a crystal that, it turns out, transports Jayne to a magical land where everything is blue, people live under the sea, and she can walk again. There, she meets the love of her life.
Returned to her home world against her will, Jayne wants to go back. Only (of course!) time moves differently there; even if she succeeds, things may be very different from when she left.
Still, she has to try.
I found The Sea Inside to be an appealing fantasy novel -- and not just because blue is my favorite color. I'm looking forward to seeing where Johnstone takes her story in future installments.
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How do you make the incredible credible? It must be enormously helpful to have written an excellent series of children's books based on a magical city where cats behave like human citizens. The Sea Inside is a young adult fantasy adventure which, like the Kiwi series takes the reader on a visit to a fantastic realm. It successfully takes us from the world of childhood fables, in the Kiwi books, to young adult fantasy adventure. Enjoyable and entertaining with subtle moral questions about love, friendship, loyalty, and family.
The girl did what she had to do to get where she wanted to be. She faced her fears and in the end she won. great story
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
There is a terrific flow to this read, once the story gets going. Although the opening is necessary and integral to the ongoing plots, it does tend to feel a little directionless for a while. I think the saving grace in the opening is the realistic emotional turmoil of the main character. This is brilliantly written and laced with all the doubts and fears you would imagine.
The dialogue works well throughout, though with occasional very minor stutters; and the link between dialogue and descriptive is nicely done, which makes this a good read.
Character Development - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
The characters grow on you very quickly. As you meet each cast member, they have attributes and faults that easily resonate with you, but equally, every one of them grows exponentially as they move through the story.
Even the secondary and tertiary characters are written in such a way that the reader latches onto them and feels them grow.
There are mythical and fantasy characters throughout the piece, all of whom are very individual, and each one adds to the value of the read.
Can't fault this.
Descriptive - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
From beginning to end, this is a feast of excellent descriptive. The environs, atmosphere, the emotions and the tastes and smells; everything is there.
I know what you're thinking now... `Why only 4.5?'
Even though the author gets pretty much everything on the money, I was a little disappointed with the quality of the description as the book reached its conclusion. It wasn't `bad' by any means, but it felt as if the writer had simply started to run out of steam. Where the ending needed that extra little thrust to make the tiniest of differences, I felt it went a little flat.
Don't get me wrong, for the preceding 95% of the book, you are in for an absolutely storming ride.
Language & Grammar - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
I have to bear in mind that, nowadays, grammatical interpretation differs very much from reader to reader. In this case, for me personally, I felt there were occasionally too many commas, then occasionally too many full stops; which made things feel a little inconsistent. It's almost as if two editors had different ideas and no-one noticed.
For the most part, the grammar and punctuation were very well balanced and I was impressed with the standard of word choice and construction.
All-in-all this is a strong example of a nicely created work.
Plot - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent) - VERY MINOR SPOILERS
The premise of the main plot is excellent and very fresh. A nice twist on the good old-fashioned love story gone wrong. For me though, the under-pinning sub-plots were superbly done. The physical constraints of the main character, the disbelieving `best friend', the jealous `friend of the sister'. Everything worked together to push the story along and create realistic elements of doubt throughout the story.
The return to the alternate world in search of the past, turns into a nicely woven twist. Where this then takes the story is cleverly done, but I did feel it progressed very smoothly, considering the expectation that the challenges would be complex and difficult.
Eventually you reach a conclusion of sorts, and the definite desire to continue the story is there.
General - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
Not many negatives to this. For the characters alone, this is well worth the read.
The story is imaginative and beautifully drawn. The descriptive is vivid and pulls the reader into the plots very well.
As a YA read, I highly recommend this, but adults who enjoy a little fantasy-opera will equally enjoy this.
A definite four stars, almost five.
Vicki Johnstone has a firm grip on the fantasy genre. I loved the characters, the amazing worlds she created, and the idea of facing one's fears in order to move ahead to something better. Not all questions were answered at the end but enough to satisfy me...for now! A delicious brew of invention, enchantment and refreshing characters, Vickie Johnstone has a firm grasp on the fantasy genre. I can't wait to read more of her work! I am looking forward to the next book!
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