Surfacing (Swans Landing #1)


Surfacing (Swans Landing, #1)

“Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn’t know is not how she imagined grieving. She’s already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.

But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn’t sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn’t anymore. Maybe she can’t even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean’s surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.

Surfacing is the first book in the Swans Landing series.”

– Taken from Goodreads (

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Fiction Addiction for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was an okay book, even though it was quite predictable. It also had, for me, a Tiwilight feel. I don’t really know why, but I caught myself thinking several times how similar to Twilight this book was.

While the plot was okay, I think the characters should have been more developed, as they felt too shallow. Josh’s abrupt change of heart just didn’t make any sense at all to me. One page he was in denial, and then on the next page he was all accepting? Nuh-uh. As for Sailor, she was another character that just failed to convince me. Whenever she would show up, I just knew she was going to have an angry conversation with someone and stomp off.

The love triangle (felt more like a love square to me) was not very convincing either. Mara just went from Dylan to Josh without a second thought, and then, when Dylan got hurt, it was solved quite quickly.

I do have to say that the world building was very interesting, as well as the writing style. It was very angsty, and that, coupled with a deeper exploration of the tense relationships that abound in that island would have made for a great book. The relationship development was missing, however.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5


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