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Thursday, August 30, 2012

AToMR Blog Tour Seaweed by Elle Strauss Review and Giveaway


by Elle Strauss
Goodreads Summary:
Dori Seward can’t wait to get out of Eastcove, a sleepy fishing village on the border of New Brunswick and Maine. She bides her time by hanging out with friends, attending swim club, and holding her biggest competition, Colby–who wants more than just friendship, at arm’s length. 

Then Tor Riley comes to town and he has everything Dori dreams of in a boyfriend–looks, athleticism and mystery. 

But Tor also has a tantalizing secret and Dori is determined to find out what it is. The truth is crazier than her wildest imaginations and more dangerous, too. Dori has new enemies, and they will do anything to get to her.

Her life, her dreams and her love for Tor are all weighing in the balance. Will Dori risk it all in order to have it all?

Despite a bit of an awkward beginning, Seaweed turned out to be an undeniably fun and unique reading experience.  Yes, it has to do with mermaids, no secret there just by the cover and the description you know that, but it is an unusual mermaid tale. Dori is a fantastic swimmer. And looking for a boyfriend. She lives in the very small town of Eastcove New Brunswick and when a new guy shows up at the end of the year Bonfire, everyone notices, especially Dori. Dori isn't shy so she goes up to introduce herself. But when the guys get a bit rowdy and start spraying soda at each other and Dori decides to spray her water in new guy, Tor's face he dashes off down the beach and heads into the ice cold June waters. Dori, being a lifeguard goes in after him, but cannot find him, and at the risk of hypothermia, she has to get out of the water. Her story launches a massive Coast Guard search for Tor until Tor's Uncle shows up at the police station saying it was all a mistake and Tor is fine.

It's all a bit awkward in the beginning, the relationship rushed, Dori's anger at Tor a bit too much for only knowing him such a short while, anger, jealousy, feelings. All of that was a bit much and not like the other Elle Strauss book I've read. But, once all that was over with, which wasn't very much into the book, things settled down and the book got very interesting. Dori finds out that she has a very interesting family tree. And that may explain the pearl like mounds behind her ears and the itchy rashes on her legs. And the deep longing and feelings she has towards Tor.

I liked Dori but sometimes she was just plain stupid. She didn't learn from her mistakes and it was as if the guys around her didn't learn from her mistakes either. Every time she asked them to do something and they tried to talk her out of it they gave into her and it ended badly. Come on! How many times does it have to happen before you learn your lesson? And I blame the people that were more experienced for giving in to her. They knew what they were doing was stupid! That was an annoying trait of hers. She never foresaw the danger, until the very end. Finally, she catches a clue and listens.

This was a bit predictable as well. I knew what was going to happen before it happened and knew who was who before it happened. But it didn't make everything predictable and it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. I had a great time with the novel. I've been having a hard time finding things that I've wanted to read lately and this one fit the bill for me. There is plenty of room for a sequel so I'm hoping there will be.

Thanks to AToMR and Elle Strauss for the review copy of Seaweed. Here is a link to the  rest of the tour:

You can find Elle Strauss at these various places on the WEB:
And for the Giveaway: Enter the form below for a print copy of Clockwise and Seaweed and a Whalebone necklace pictured on the author below:

Elle Strauss wearing whale bone necklace

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  1. I love mermaids, so it captured my attention immediately. Cool necklace.

    1. I love just about anything mermaid. Haven't found one I didn't like yet!

  2. Dori sounds like someone who would frustrate me... but you enjoyed it and it is a mermaid story... so I may try it. I don't mind predictable story line as long as it's enjoyable. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    1. I think Dori is just trying to assert herself a little, she's an independent gal, and she's excited. But yeah, wanted to shake her a few times. But wanted to shake the guys/men more for LISTENING to her! It wasn't really predictable, just you could guess what was going to happen sometimes. Not all the time though. Didn't mean to imply that.

  3. The whole mer-people genre has always fascinated me. Might have to give this a look see.

    1. Can't go wrong with the merpeople, they are all beautiful or sexy!

  4. I love it when books are set in Canada but I think I'm going to pass on this one. I haven't had much luck with mermaid novels and I'm pretty sure Dori would annoy me. Great review though, Heather.

  5. This is why I don't like to give up on books with awkward or slow beginnings, because you never know if they will get better or not, and in most cases, they usually do. :)

    I'm not one for mermaid stories, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I haven`t really read much mermaid stories, but being me, who usually reads books because of their cover, I think I might give it a try.

  7. I love mermaids, so I'm interested in this book. And the necklace is cool! :)

  8. I'm interested in this book. And the necklace is cool!


  9. Book sounds great...Thanks for posting.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway..


  11. Sounds like a cute book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Thanks for the invite. Can not remember why I would love to go back to school. Simply to long back :)

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