Title: Seven Tears at High Tide
Author: C.B. Lee
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: Novel (234 pages)
Publisher: Interlude Press (October 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: The sea holds many secrets…
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”
Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.
As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
Review: When you are young, everything seems so much more intense. A sixteen year old boy loves with all his heart, not yet realizing how to tell when that love is not returned. This is how Kevin Luong finds himself wandering the pier, crying and wishing for something so simple, someone to love.
Morgan is a half-breed, half human and half Selkie, on the cusp of manhood as well. His soul is drawn to the pain and emotion of Kevin’s tears, his wish, and Morgan is tasked with helping Kevin fulfill that wish. Over the summer the two form a bond of friendship and love that is doomed by tradition and fate.
Selkie stories have always fascinated me as they are rooted in Gaelic culture. I really enjoyed how Lee kept the roots of the stories and legends, while giving it her own unique and modern twist for this tale. There was an innocence and youthfulness to this book that was evident not only in the characters and the storyline, but in the writing itself.
I found it endearing that Kevin and Morgan fumbled their way around each other as they got to know one another and grew closer. It was a learning experience for them both and, as the reader, Lee wrote the story in a way that I could travel the journey with Kevin and Morgan, see what they saw, feel their love and their pain.
The story had so much depth and color, I was completely engrossed throughout. The character growth and development was pretty amazing as well. Kevin went from this shy, awkward, bullied teen in the beginning to a confident, self-assured young man by the end. Morgan had to learn how to be human, that being charged with “loving” someone is not the same as “loving” someone.
While this is a YA story, I think there is something here for readers of all ages. Emotional, in-depth, fun and well written, and the balance between reality and fantasy is a fine line that blended well. This was my first read from CB Lee, but it definitely won’t be my last. I believe she just became an auto buy for me.
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