Monday, 27 August 2012

Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman‏


Many are drawn to Selkie Island.
Few know why.

When Miranda Merchant escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry on to an island rife with legend and lore.

She isn't expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality . . . and love.

But is Leo hiding something she never could have imagined?

Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Scholastic UK (first published June 1st 2009) 
My Review
I just had to give Ocean of Secrets 5 stars, it really is an enchanting read that I couldn't put down! It's not too often that I read a book from start to finish in one day! The authors writing style is fabulously addictive and the world created here is truly mesmerizing. I truly adored the storyline and I quickly fell in love with main character Miranda, who is a delight to get to know, she is a little different and doesn't blend in with the it girl crowd, she is smart, beautiful and she handles herself really well. Selkie Island is  a magical place where people who have been before are drawn back to and I really don't blame them, it is a beautifully vivid place that is brought to life so wonderfully by the authors awesome descriptions. This is one of my favourite reads so far this year and I would easily recommend it to everyone.

When the grandmother she has never before met dies, Miranda Merchant heads off to help her mother sort out the house she inherited in the mysterious Selkie Island. The Island has lots of strange little legends that are both weird and intriguing. Miranda soon finds herself connected to not only the island but an interesting guy that she just happens upon on the beach. She soon finds out that there is more to Selkie Island than meets the eye, Miranda will end up questioning everything she thought she had already figured out about herself and life.

Ocean of Secrets is a fantastic tale of a girl meets boy but there is more to it than that, Miranda will discover some secrets surrounding her late grandmother, the island and the boy she is falling for. Also it is about a mother and a daughter learning about each other and the changes they are both going through in their lives. The ending works out brilliantly even though I was a little sad. I really do hope this is not the last we are going to hear from Miranda and Selkie Island!

Put this must read book on your Goodreads shelf today or buy it on Amazon!

*Special thanks to Scholastic for the review copy*

5/5 Stars

Carly :) 


  1. Oh I was unsure about this. Think I'll get it for Kindle and give it ago. Thanks for the review!

  2. The cover really caught my eye right away, so pretty! And I've never heard of this so thank for introducing me to what sounds like a wonderful novel!

  3. I actually wasn't planning on reading this but you have changed my mind! I will be sure to squeeze it in somewhere. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Carly! Brilliant review. :)

  4. Isn't this the same cover of Sea Change?

    1. Yes, it is the same book. No idea why the UK & the US have different names for it though. :)

  5. I haven't seen this around at all. Love,the cover! Selkies are creatures I know little about! Five stars and a one day read! Must be a winner!

  6. Fab review, this sounds so intriguing and I love the cover!

  7. Ooh great review Carly. I've wanted to read this one for so long so I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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