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Review: Westward to Strange (Ray Litt)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 212
Publisher: Castleberry, Inc
ISBN: 9780615879246
Genre: mystery, mermaid
Source: copy provided by author in exchange for a review

Westward to Strange
When Lula meets Morgan, the peculiar boy swimming in the cove, her dream life quickly spirals into dangerous waters. Her family’s nebulous history comes to clear, and with it a cornucopia of mysteries. Moon-worshipping cannibal tribes? Killer mermaids? Primal need to explore the forbidden jetties? Sudden nightmares lead Lula to believe that her father’s death might not have been an accident. And to fear that she might very well be the next family member in line.

How do you like your mermaid stories? Do you prefer them to be Disney-esque? Or do you prefer them to teeter on the edge of creepy? If you prefer the latter, Westward to Strange is for you!

The mermaids in Westward to Strange are not friendly. In fact, they are downright terrifying. I have to give the author props for coming up with an original take on a siren. There is an element of mythology in the book that is new and unique, at least to me. I also thought the concept behind these killer mermaids helped heighten the mystery of the subplots.

Don’t read Westward to Strange thinking it’s just about mermaids. There is so much more going on in this book! For fans of mysteries, there will be much to keep you reading. For me, though, it was the descriptions that kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed reading about this beach community. Being a Florida resident myself, I felt like I could visualize the setting in my own town. I also enjoyed some of the characters. I was instantly drawn to Jake. I didn’t connect with Cass at first, but he grew on me.

I’m always on the lookout for books with mermaids. With so many books in the genre already on the market, it’s hard to find something fresh. Westward of Strange certainly delivered in the fresh and unique market!


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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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