October 4th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General
eARC provided by Skypony Press
Some secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean.
Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.
But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.
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It is hard to describe this book without going into crazy detail. I suggest you read the blurb above for an accurate description and the come back down and read my thoughts.
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This book was so atmospheric and dark. It is set in Isle of Man in 1913. In this old fishing town ignorance and prejudice go hand in hand. Bridey is a head strong girl who has one weakness, she won’t go near the water. Bridey works with the island’s witch, Morag, as an apprentice, (although I am not sure what she would be learning from this woman. How to get ostracized? How to be dark and mysterious?). I just can’t imagine why her Mam would have set her up with that job, but anyways, Bridey comes to respect and learn from Morag. Morag is probably the only one who knows what is really going on, but it takes a long time for Bridey to realize that.
Bridey finds a boy near the water on her island. He is naked, wet, and wounded, so Bridey takes him home to get patched up. He can’t remember anything, not even his name, so Bridey names him Fynn. Bridey and Fynn have a weird courtship and I found him odd all around. We don’t find out much about Fynn until about the 50% mark when Fynn hits Bridey with the truth. In the meantime, girls are going missing from this small town. There are a lot of old myths that sea creatures draw the girls to the sea to drown and no one really knows how it keeps happening.
I enjoyed the dark setting of this story. The old mysterious fishing town of Isle of Man is a nice setting for this story. We get old magic and monsters of the deep in this story about a girl facing her fears. The monsters in this story are really creepy as they use so many tricks to get people to fall prey to them. There is a huge paranormal element to this story that required much imagination.
It took me a while to get into this story to be honest. To say I didn’t enjoy it isn’t far from the truth. This is hard to explain, but maybe it was just me. Bridey was hard to follow as she is subjected to so much tradition and prejudice throughout the story. I liked her, but I hated the town for her. This story is set in a simpler time where anything you can think of was really possible. There were a few plot holes for me. I like a clean ending and this book left much unanswered for. I also felt like I never really got to know anyone. I think this may work for a lot for readers, but for me it was incomplete and left me wanting. I think people who enjoy an atmospheric fantasy will enjoy this story.