Review: Shining Sea by Mimi Cross (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Shining Sea

Author: Mimi Cross

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book on NetGalley.

Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with their mother, Arion and their father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them all. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic, songwriting is Arion’s only solace, her solid ground.

Unexpectedly, Arion blossoms in the tiny coastal town. Friends flock to her, and Logan Delaine, a volatile heartthrob, seems downright smitten. But it’s Bo Summers—a solitary surfer, as alluring as he is aloof—that Arion can’t shake. Meanwhile, Lilah’s worsening condition, a string of local fatalities, and Arion’s own recent brushes with death seem ominously linked…to Bo’s otherworldly family. As Arion’s feelings for Bo intensify and his affections turn possessive, she must make a choice. How will Arion learn to listen to her own voice when Bo’s siren song won’t stop ringing in her ears?

I was so excited for a siren-y paranormal story, but unfortunately, this book just really wasn’t for me at all for a few different reasons.

For one, the romance just read as straight up creepy at some points. If you like to see actual consent and clear boundaries in relationships, this book will feel a little skeezy at times to you. Even though the ability for one to make their own choices was a plot point (vague because spoilers), there were too many times when I felt like the love interest honestly didn’t even care what the heroine wanted, let alone how she felt about different things.

The other thing that bothered me was the fact that there were quite a few times when I thought “wow.. this is literally Twilight/New Moon”. I’m not talking vague character similarities, but scenes and characters that were extremely close. I personally don’t mind Twilight, but its already been done before.

All in all, Shining Sea just didn’t cut it for me. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.



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