Book Review Learning to Swim

LEARNING TO SWIM coverTitle: Learning to Swim

Author: Annie Cosby

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Rating: 8/10

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

I’m not always equally fond of mermaid books, but this one was great. I liked Cora most of the times, although every so often, she was a bit annoying in that typical teenage way. The setting, backstory and plot were quite enthralling though.

Cora and her family go to the beach for the summer, where Cora gets in touch with the world of the locals, a bewitching, magical world based on legend and folklore. But maybe some of that folklore could be real after all. Through the stories of Mrs. O’Leary, Cora learns more about the world and about herself than she ever thought possible.

Good writing, an unique and engaging plot, and overall likeable characters. A good read if you like YA paranormal romance.

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