Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Review: Child of a Hidden Sea

Child of a Hidden SeaChild of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.

I liked the start of this one a lot, but as it went on, I liked it a bit less and less. It all turned out okay, and there were definitely some interesting things. But I guess it didn't go where I thought it would. I didn't care so much about all the political stuff and the like. I would have liked more world exploring and more learning about the history of the world.

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