Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard was a refreshing, surprising read; somewhere in between the Young Adult and New Adult genres, it is the story of eighteen-year-old Rowan Munro, who is still questioning the mysterious disappearance of her mother many years later. She returns to Dorchay, the Scottish village where she grew up, in search of answers.
Now under the tutelage of her aunt Kitty, Rowan discovers that she has great powers—powers that someone in her life would kill to have. Someone who has killed before, and who has answers to all of Rowan’s questions.
The beautiful artwork on the cover of Dark is the Sea—along with the haunting, ominous title—is what initially piqued my interest. The book blended witchcraft with mermaid lore, which I found to be an interesting and appealing concept. The descriptions of the ocean and the setting were nicely done and the story itself intriguing, but I had a hard time keeping myself inside of the story.
There is a sort-of love triangle in the book, but I just couldn’t get behind the romance between Rowan and Blake. I definitely didn’t prefer Lochlan, though he made for a more complex individual than Blake. The characters felt dull, and it was actually Kitty that seemed more lively than the rest.
Lastly, I kept getting drawn out of the story due to some incorrect punctuation usage. The positioning of commas and semicolons strongly impact the meaning of sentences, and I kept having to pause and correct them as I read.
Dark is the Sea seems to be the beginning of a series, but I am not sure this book was a good fit for me. Overall, I liked the plot line, but the lack of personality in the characters and my disinterest in the romance is likely to keep me from reading anything further in the series.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Archetype PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.