When Miranda Merchant, sixteen and levelheaded, escaped her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry onto an island rife with legend, lore, and a past her logical mind can't make sense of. She isn't expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place, so filled with languorous charm and strange history.
And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality...and love.
Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she never could have imagined?
Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Total Score: 50/70
Cussing: A little bit...
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Several scenes of teen drinking
Sexual Content: MUCH discussion, etc. One near-scene.
Disturbing Images/Violence: None.
Sea Change is a great example of the typical YA paranormal romance novel. With enjoyable prose and a surreal island setting, this book was interesting and pleasing. While prominently a love story, the story was riddled with magic and lore and typical teenage issues that made it seem all the more real. Miranda was very lifelike for all of the little quirks about her, from her self-consciousness to her interest in science.
Despite all these good points, I thought the plot was a little lacking. Like many books similar to this one, it was predictable, with a too-perfect male lead. The near-love-triangle thing that made up most of the storyline was kind of disappointing. While Leo was nicely developed (despite his otherworldly good looks), T.J. Illingworth, the classically handsome rich boy, was completely flat. I had trouble imagining him because of this, and I didn't believe Miranda's attraction at all.
However, for someone who is partial to paranormal romances (as I am not particularly fond of them), I think this would be an excellent read. With the well-thought-out, mysterious magic and the spine-tingling romance, many will continue to go crazy for this book. So, while I may not read the sequel (if there is one), it does not mean that this book wouldn't be worth it for you.