Author: Chantal Gadoury
Narrator: Dollcie Webb
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes
Series: The Lena Series, Book 1
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Dec. 20, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
A magical shell
A girl who dreamed of something more…
Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin, who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.
When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.
With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.
Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?
Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.
“Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm.”
A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she’s taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.
Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.” “And they’d dance together,” she pressed on giggling, “as only humans can do. They’d dance and dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming songs into one another’s ears.” “Until one night…” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes. “Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover. Greed.” “Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of time.” She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling it. And he knew.
If you had a choice to live in the water or on land, how would you choose? Obviously, your curiosity would probably get the better of you. Humans are often addled by ideas and misconceptions of the desires that they have. We always want the things that we don’t have and some don’t stop until they get them. Gadoury has a riveting story about the lengths that someone will go to obtain the unobtainable. For readers, this is an enticing first installment that will leave you hanging by the edge of your seat—waiting for the second installment.
Lena is trapped in her underwater prison, longing to see what the humans are like on land. She has a brother, a father and someone who loves her dearly, but that isn’t good enough. That doesn’t wash the desire to be free from the life that she has always lived. Something wiggles its way into her brain, allowing her to obsess over this new complex job offer that has been provided to her brother, Javelin. Merrows are forbidden to go to the surface by the Skagerrak king; however, the Merrow soldiers are able to swim in the sea and walk on land in order to protect their waters from human invasion. Much like the Merrow Queen, Lena’s desire to see the surface winds up being the ultimate price—a life. Once she is given a magical shell that gives her legs, will she still feel the same way about the sea? Leaving the only home that she has ever known to travel in an unforgiving world seems like a punishment, until she meets Soren—the man who believes in Merrows. Along with Serran comes others who hide in the shadows, waiting for their time to strike her down for who she is.
Gadoury has a superb first installment, filled with adventure, romance, longing, deceit, and secrets. The characters have been well thought out and the scenes flow effortlessly. Since this is complimenting the audiobook, Webb makes this story really shine. Her voice relay with this installment is stunning. Readers may find themselves impressed with how attentive Webb is to the characters personalities and emotions. If you are a reader of young adult fantasy and fairy tales, this may be perfect for you. Fair warning, if you begin this tale—there may be no putting it down until the end.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury.
These images were taken from Google and used for inspiration purposes only. They are not sited to be the characters in the book, nor are these images used for profit or reselling.*
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