Title: When the Sea is Rising Red Author: Cat Hellisen Publication: 2012, BYR
Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged
marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own
death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite
behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls
for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik.
Then something shocking washes up on the beach...read more
Appetizer: "almost all...confusing references go unexplained...damaged the bond of the story and reader"
There are some promising aspects to this early/2nd work, yet the decent foundation was not developed on to a grasping point of intrigue, nor are all the essential pillars for a strong read present for me. The initial opening of this book was actually quite good. As the storyline nudged on, only one enticing idea hung on a single weak thread to keep the pages turning.
From the romance factor, what is more disappointing than the insta-love itself (because there WAS insta-love), was how the relationships never quite hit home. The main characters were interesting to a certain point, but none were excellent and the male lead was rather unappealing. Felicita is supposedly a high-born girl, and due to the too-brief period we get of her in her high-end life, she loses the feel of any refinement extremely fast. The narration gives off nice, gloomy atmospheres at some points, but other than that, we follow Felicita who does not prove herself to be a memorable protagonist.
Ms. Hellisen also uses an extensive array of terms, and almost all of these confusing references go unexplained at all. For me, this was one of the factors that damaged the bond of the story and reader the most. Overall, this novel holds great potential, yet chooses some unimpressive moves after the initial start.
Rating: ✿✿ 2/5 Blossoms
Final Notes: I hope that I've been fair and justified in my judgements. I was really disappointed with this one -sad face- Then again, some of the factors that were the total turn-offs for me may have been okay for some of you, so still give it a shot if you'd like. I'd love to hear an opposition review if any of you have one ^_~ so link me up if you have a more positive review! Vivi likes to see the bright side of things, especially when she's stuck on the dark side.
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