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Here on Rainy Day Ramblings, I am happy to welcome back author Andrea Colt. I hosted Andrea back in February during the Fire and Ice Event. (Watch for the return of Fire and Ice February 2014). I read and reviewed Andrea's indie book Torched. I loved this fun little book. It was an exciting mystery with an adorable antagonistic romance. I highly recommend you check it out. Andrea returns today with her latest book called Wavecrossed (which you can purchase right now on Amazon for $.99). This is a paranormal tale that features selkies. It is often you get to read books with selkies, and I admit I don't know much about this elusive creatures. Andrea was happy to help fill me in. Anyway let me introduce you all to Andrea Colt:
Andrea Colt grew up reading, and squabbling with her twin. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her fiancé, a fridge full of cheese, and two muses in feline form. Visit Andrea on her website, Facebook, Twitter Goodreads or sign up for her newsletter in order to get to know her better.
Here is Andrea with her list of fears:
FEAR by Andrea Colt
There are lots of things I fear: my loved ones dying, getting cancer, random gunman attacks. And centipedes, because they freak me out. *shudders*
Something else I fear, in regards to my creative and professional life: not living up to my imagined potential. I worry that a book isn't perfect, that not everyone will love it, that I'll never make the book on the page match the book in my head.
How do I stem the fear? One thing that helps is something my sister said a while back, when I was angsting a lot: "This book is awesome, but it is not the best book you will ever write. That book is still to come." And she's right. It's so easy as writers to feel as though this book that we're working on is The Book, the one that will make or break us. Each book showcases the pinnacle of our talents so far, and it's easy to fall into the trap of forgetting the "so far", of thinking that if this book isn't perfect, we suck.
But art of all stripes is a growth thing, an iterative and cumulative process where we make mistakes, learn from them, and hopefully have a heck of a lot of fun along the way. It can be scary (especially when you're about to hit "publish"!) and painful (hello, rough critique), but ultimately, growing creatively is inevitable if you keep at it. So I've made the pledge to thumb my nose at my fears, keep writing, and remind myself that my best book is still to come.
And to stay away from centipedes. (seriously, who needs all those legs??)
Thanks, Andrea. I can totally understand the fear to write the next book, especially after the success of the first. I am sure it is an overwhelming pressure. I have a fear of failing as well. What about you all, do you fear failing? A big thanks to Andrea for stopping by again. She hasn't come empty handed, either. Andrea is offering two chances to win a copy of her book Wavecrossed. For one lucky U.S. winner you can enter to win a signed copy of Wavecrossed and a starfish necklace.
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Here is my review:
Wavecrossed by Andrea Colt
A young-adult paranormal novel about selkies, tasers, kissing and secrets.
To Cassandra Kelleher, trust is a dirty word.
A teenage selkie who grew up on land, all she wants is to free her family from the man who stole their sealskins long ago. With her twin brother Brennan losing hope and her window of opportunity disappearing like the beach at high tide, she’ll try anything.
Before long, however, Cassandra can’t tell whether her biggest threat is the man holding her family captive, a classmate who’s discovered her secret, or her own paranoia. Battling broken friendships and alarming romantic entanglements, Cassandra finds that trust could be the key to winning her family’s freedom ... or losing her own.
Three and a half stars: An entertaining and exciting selkie adventure.
Cassie pokes her nose cautiously out of the water. To an onlooker, she would appear to be a seal, but in reality she is a selkie. The coast appears to be clear, so she hurries into the shallow water where she quickly transforms back to her human self. Cassie knocks two pebbles against a boulder signaling to her twin that it is safe to come of the water. Cassie and Brennan only discovered that they were selkies two years ago when their older brother freed them by returning their stolen skins. Declan paid a steep price for their freedom, and he wants nothing more than to see them swim out to sea and not look back. Cassie and Brennan did that for a short time, but they could not in good conscience leave behind Declan and their parents, who are trapped on land because someone has stolen their seal skins and is holding them hostage. Can Cassie and Brennan retrieve the stolen skins?
What I Liked:
Ms. Colt proved to me with her other novel Torched that she can write a suspenseful story driven by great characters. Once again, she provides a tale with plenty of suspense and exciting characters. It isn't often you run across a book featuring selkies, and in fact, I have only read two other books with selkies. In the paranormal genre, I think most of us crave something different and selkies certainly are that. I enjoyed learning more about this elusive creatures which are humans that can transform into a seal. If you are on the hunt for a unique paranormal read grab this one.
I loved that the story had plenty of suspense that kept me reading. Cassie and Brennan's family are being held hostage by an odious man who stole their seal skins. It is up to Cassie and Brennan to uncover where the skins are being kept. But there is so much more to the story than that. I liked the excitement and mystery that were woven into the story. I eagerly turned the pages wanting to more about selkies and how Cassie and Brennan would save their family.
I liked that this book featured two twins as the main characters. Cassie is uptight, suspicious and unable to trust anyone. She is brazen in her actions and moves quickly without thinking.
- Her reckless behavior often lands in her into lots of hot water. I had a hard time liking her at first because I thought she was a bit nasty. However, this book is about self discovery and it shows the slow and arduous journey that Cassie goes through before she learns to open herself to the possibility of having friends again. Hesitantly, she accepts help from three people and slowly learns to trust. You have to be patient with her as often she is not the most likable character. By the end, she makes a nice transformation. Brennan, on the other hand, is more easy going and likable. He doesn't have the serious trust issues that hinder his twin sister. He is more gregarious and outgoing, and he is quick to admit that they need help. I was drawn to Brennan, and at times, I wished that the story incorporated his view point as well as Cassie's. I think it would have been a nice balance.
- Andrea Colt is another indie author who has won me over. Her books are not only entertaining but they are perfectly polished and clean. Pick this up with confidence knowing you are getting a solid read without editing errors. I always appreciate when an author puts the best possible book out there on their own.
And The Not So Much:
I was so excited to read a book about selkies, but I found at the end, I longed to know more. I did like that a lot of the details about the selkies was unknown because the twins themselves didn't know much about their heritage. I was patient while reading, hoping that by the end I would uncover all the answers, but I was left with many lingering questions. I wanted to know more about the selkies and their life at sea. How did they live in their tribes? Did they spend the majority of their time as seals? Hopefully, there will be another book so I can learn more.
I was a bit confused over the whole hostage thing. There was not a thorough explanation on how their parents were initially trapped, it just mentions that their skins were stolen while they were swimming. Furthermore, I didn't have a firm understanding as to why someone would steal the skins and keep the selkies from the sea. What did the captor do to the parents? Did he do it just because he could or did he get monetary compensation from the parents? I have liked a bit more explanation on this part of the story.
I had questions regarding the older brother Declan. It is revealed that he takes great risks to acquire the seal skins of his two siblings. It is even brought up in the book when the twins' friend, Liesel, questions how Declan knew he was a selkie to begin with if the parents were forbidden to tell him? Why did he go through the lengths he did to free the twins and not himself? Did he really love his wife or was it just a ruse to get the seal skins? I would love to know more about his part of the story.
There are two romances in the story, one involving each twin. I enjoyed the Brennan's romance because I thought it was genuine and that it moved at the proper pace. Cassie's romance, though, didn't work for me. I hated the way she treated the boy at their first encounter. Her behavior was ridiculous, and I had a hard time accepting that the boy would be attracted to her after her horrible behavior at their first meeting. Since she has severe trust issues, Cassie treats him badly, then all of a sudden their is an about face and she is kissing him. I never felt the magic of this romance and it just didn't feel realistic.
Finally, the ending felt a bit open. It wasn't a cliffhanger per say, and it ends on a high note, but I just felt like there should have been more. Too many things were left hanging, and I feel like the story needed to go on. I don't know if there is a sequel in the works, but I sure hope so because the story feels unfinished at this point.
Wavecrossed is an exciting, fast paced adventure that will pull you in and keep you captive until you reach the end. I love the way that Ms. Colt can grab you and drag you into her stories. There is always plenty of suspense and mystery along with great characters and romance. I am a fan of her work, and I will continue to read what she writes. Ms. Colt is another indie author to watch! I highly recommend you check out her other book, Torched, as well. It is a favorite of mine.
"If you were lost in the woods, would you ask a bear for directions?"
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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