Monday, June 13, 2016
Book Review: "Two if by Sea" by Jacquelyn Mitchard
I have been trying to figure out how to talk about this book, as it has so many different layers it seems. I loved the family saga, and connected with all the different roles family members play. Frank Mercy doesn't have a huge family, but it's big enough (especially as he's added to it) and there is a lot of love there. I loved Ian and thought he was a strong and vulnerable little boy all rolled into one. I liked reading about the horses too, which is something I really don't know much about at all. And I loved the setting and scenery. This story ultimately takes place on three different continents, and I liked how the setting changed and laid down foundation for the plot.
But I did have an issue with pacing throughout. I just couldn't seem to stay in the same tempo as the writing sometimes. There were scenes that I thought were a little too drawn out and slowed down when it needed to be quick and intense, and others that I didn't quite understand why it rushed. I did read this from an ARC though, and some of that could have been corrected before the final print was put on the shelves. I did like the book though, and thought it an interesting mix of family saga, adventure/survival with a touch of paranormal thrown in.
Two if by Sea
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Simon & Schuster, 2016
Source: ARC from ALA-MW