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Beyond the Shore and Shadows (The Lena…

Beyond the Shore and Shadows (The Lena Series Book 2) (edição: 2021)

de Chantal Gadoury (Autor)

Séries: The Lena Series (2)

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Título:Beyond the Shore and Shadows (The Lena Series Book 2)
Autores:Chantal Gadoury (Autor)
Informação:The Parliament House (2021), 291 pages
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Beyond the Shore and Shadows (The Lena Series Book 2) de Chantal Gadoury


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I found Beyond the Shore and Shadows to be a quick, superficial read. Things moved along at a fast pace which I appreciate, but I found the characters and conflict to be lacking depth and dimension. The overall premise was interesting and I have always been fascinated by mermaid stories. I wish that it had been a little more complex. ( )
  lynacare | May 3, 2021 |
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Firstly, my copy of this book was an ebook. The first several pages was some forward by another person bragging about the author, which would have been ok if it had been just a few lines. SO going into reading the actual story had me feeling put off.
My main impression is, it's very angst-y, everything seems to be an issue for Lena who constantly blames herself for anything anyone does or says. I got very tired of reading pages of the same rehash that its her fault for someone else's actions. Very predictable plot but not in a bad way, I did like the thought out culture of the merrows and not making them perfect creatures. I found the time line for things rather weird as she goes from being able to barely walk to running or walking long distances. Over all I think both books could have been edited more and made into one and thus a better read. That said, I can see people that enjoy mermaids, little mermaid or YA books liking this book. It just wasn't to my taste, and the author could be engaging at times. ( )
  Xengab | Apr 28, 2021 |
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This is a satisfying conclusion to the Lena Series/duology. The pace is a bit slow at the beginning, but overall it picks up as the book goes on. The language is great and Lena and Soren are fleshed out very well. I enjoyed the ending of the book and found myself very satisfied.
  ashenowl | Apr 25, 2021 |
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This is not a recap, just a review and recommendation for a great series.
A great ending!! This duology series is so much more than A Little Mermaid retelling. The depth of character creation and relatability of Lena is so strong. In life you sometimes have to make hard decisions. As long as you learn from the decisions you make and deal with the outcome you have growth. The beautiful descriptions and story building just make this tale more engaging and whimsical. This book focuses on the consequences from the first book and wraps up nicely in a beautiful ending. It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading into the early morning hours to know what happens with Lena! Will it be land or sea? Who will be by her side, if anyone?! I highly recommend this series and can’t wait to read more works by Chantal Gadoury! 🌊 I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy. ( )
  Ford_and_Hemlock | Apr 15, 2021 |
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Beyond the Shores and the Shadows, Chantal Gadoury, Parliament House (2021, 291 pps.)
Reviewed by: Patricia M. Muhammad
Date: April 10, 2021

*I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review


The legend of the sea and the shell in Lena's possession continues. It is known among the merrows and the curious humans as the magisk skal. Lena informs Soren of who she is and the power contained in that one little shell tied around her neck gifted by her deceased brother, Javelin. Soren promises to keep her safe. Lena believes wherever she is and whomever she encounters that she and they will always be in danger—and for a while throughout the story this remains true. Soren and Lena are unable to deny more than the attraction they have for one another. They have fallen in love. Though neither is assertive enough to outright say it they become closer and display lighthearted affection towards one another. Their romantic refuge at the bookstore is disrupted as Jace demands Soren Emil to return Lena to him. Throughout Lena's sojourn she is ensnared in the middle of several men who ogle her, treat her poorly and do not recognize her worth beyond the treasure that has become a burden to her. She understands that whoever has it in their possession can control the high seas. Greed and power and the primary motivations in which Jace, who later returns to Lord Jarl, Jace's master to steal it from her.

Soren and Lena escape through a tunnel and set sail to a cottage. Jace, Lord Jarl and a few villagers set the bookstore aflame. This scene is reminiscent of a witchhunt in which several of the locals who have nothing to do with the matter are recruited through propaganda and hysteria. Lena and Soren arrive at a cottage. Soren reassures her that he will keep her safe. Lena's inner dialogue concerning men continues to cast doubt that she can trust any man. She recalls how initially Jace was kind to her, provided her shelter, food and clothing and the horrific change she witnessed in his eyes, personality and priorities. Back at the cottage she confronts him when he says he cares for her. Lena grows in her understanding of the world and of the unfortunate person Jace has become. Though Soren and Lena are able to rest for a couple of nights, Jace once again has located them. Soren and Jace exchange words. Jace threatens and accosts Lena. Soren is able to make Jace leave the cottage. This is the second refuge that Soren and Lena escape to—and it will not be their last. Soren decides that he and Lena must set sail into the high seas as far away from the village as possible. He gathers his most prized possessions, his mother's broken shell and research on the myth. Soren is able to secure passage onto a pirate ship, promising his mother's broken treasure as payment. Lena recalls the story that the old merrow woman tells that for the magisk skal to be destroyed, Lena would have to destroy what she loved most or herself. Lena secretly chooses to kill herself in order to save Soren, the only man whom she truly loves. While Soren is asleep in their inhospitable quarters, the merrow hears the seas calling for her. It is the old merrow woman. She gives Lena the dagger and reminds her of what she must do. Still aboard the ship, Lena explains to Soren what the woman said. She believes that she has to return to the seas to safeguard the shell from the humans. Soren believes that this is the last night that he and Lena will see each other. He takes her to the private quarters and gently guides her to pure intimacy. Lena has matured beyond coming of age when earlier she contemplates Sorens beauty and how he was the consummate of everything she wanted in a man. Lena tells Soren she loves him again and Soren shares the same feelings for her.

The next day, Captain Asher reveals his betrayal to the two passengers. Both Jace and Lord Jarl paid their way aboard and hid themselves among the seaman. They already called for another seafaring vessel to arrive near and intended to kidnap Lena and the shell. Another confrontation ensues. Lena hears the seas calling. Lena finds herself in the middle of conflict of men, some known and unknown, most with ulterior and likely deadly motives. This time it is a different voice, it is Asger, a fellow merrow and family friend. Jace tries to take Lena. Soren secures her. Asger and Jace engage in combat. Asger kills Jace, but not before he strikes him against the front of his chest. Asger dies from his deep wound. Fosse Sofolk begin to kill the seaman. Lena again contemplates how many people suffered to protect her. She is pained with guilt. Lena still believes that the only way to resolve the matter and secure her merrow father is to eventually return to the seas, forever. Soren tells her that it is time for them to leave. Though she has grown in her understanding of the world and men, she is momentarily sympathetic to Lord Jarl who now lays with a spear lodged in his body and his life slowly slipping away. Soren tries to convince her to leave him and that for their own sakes they needed to leave the ship, especially now that it has been struck. Lena attempts to save Lord Jarl, only for him to snatch the shell from around her neck. It falls into the sea. Soren and Lena leave the ship. As it becomes wrecked, Lena transforms again into a merrow. She convinces Soren to go ashore to save himself from the freezing waters. The old merrow reappears from the depths of the seas and returns the shell to Lena. Two secrets are revealed. Soren has now met his mother. He also learns that Lena was willing to sacrifice herself for the man she loves. This was also the only way she could destroy the magisk skal. However, Soren's mother explains that the queen's shell was truly hers now and so was the power contained within it. The old merrow returns to the seas. Lena and Soren confess their love for one another again before she returns to the seas to see about her father. This is the least she could do after Javelin, Asger and Jace have all died. She is relieved to find that her father is safe and has new company. Though in her transformed state she feels comfort in familial surroundings, it is here where she received closure. She contemplates those whom she was closest to were all gone. Javelin and Asger were her memories, a part of her past. Her father did not need for her to care for him. He moved on with his life and encourages her to be where she belongs—with Soren above the surface. Here is where the words that Soren spoke to Lena become manifest in her own realization: “Your father would wish nothing but your happiness too, Lena. Even here. A father’s love…it is much greater than his own selfishness. There is no doubt in my mind that he thinks of you often but knows…trusts that you are where you belong.” This is where Lena understands what humans know about the special relationship between father and daughter. Lena abandons the magisk skal, the object of so much attention in a place below the sea where she believes it will never be found.

Not only does she leave the shell behind, but also her past, including what once was her family. Soren stands at the shores of the cottage and sees her return to him. Just as much as she has experienced his world, Soren wants to experience hers—at least once. He uses his mother broken shell and becomes merrow briefly. As Lena and Soren stand with one another in their human shores they confess their love for one another. It is just them, the waves and the cottage. Soren proposes to Lena, and she accepts.

Beyond the Shores and the Shadows is book two of the Between the Sea and Stars duology. Although one-third of the book repeats a line concerning Lena's feelings of 'sending shivers down her spine' and repeated memories of her brother's death, the pace accelerates. Throughout the story, the author demonstrates Soren's genuine affection for Lena as he continues to be patient, both with her and their unusual circumstances. The author engages the reader's emotions where you are hopeful, but not yet convince that Soren and Lena will have the life they deserve—together. Lena wonders whether the man whom she truly loves will be the one who will reject her. It seems as though the magic and power did not actually lie within the magisk skal, but in the power of love shared between Lena and Soren. ( )
  pmmuhammad | Apr 10, 2021 |
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