Hop aboard the Gem of the Sea for a trip across the ocean and into the heart of Larimar.
Synopsis: Captain Michael Biekert is notorious for being the youngest captain to sail as much as he has, charting discoveries of new lands and species. He’s also notorious for landing his men in adventures they hadn’t counted on–adventures involving cannibalistic mermaids and such.
When Michael decides to search for the legendary underwater city of the Larimar people, he doesn’t account for the adventure that follows. Rescued from shipwreck by a mysterious, beautiful young lady who walks on water and carries a singing sea shell around her neck, he soon finds himself reunited with an old friend once though lost to him and fighting to save her people from an ancient evil.
Thoughts: 40 pages. Not Christine’s best, but still enjoyable. If you are enchanted by the ocean and tales of explorers this could be for you. The cover is rather striking though.
Where to buy: Smashwords for $0.99
Review: Christine is a talented storyteller, her stories are complex, rich in description and while the writing craft isn’t the best I have seen, she is still quite sound.
The tale of Larimar, gem of the sea should have been captivating, romantic and full of beautiful creativity, unfortunately it fell short of my expectations.
There were a few places where the characters got confused due to changes in name or scene, times when things that seemed important were glossed over and times when the plot felt supremely rushed.
I think this tale needs to be dissected and drawn out with some more of Christine’s beautiful imagery, greater emphasis on the flavours of the tale too, not just they did this, went there and saw them.
A few things I noticed:
17% you mention a father-in-law, should that be step father?
21% – referred to as father, I am assuming you mean the step father here
24% – suddenlydrew is mashed together.
“…must swim underwater a little ways to get avoid…’ Fix the added word.
41% – ‘that his lesson asted (lasted)…’
45% – yet he did not stood up (either he had not, or yet he did not stand up)…
*NOTE: The author provided a copy of the book to me in return for an honest review*
If you feel like taking a ride across the open seas with Captain Michael Biekert, pick up this one for $0.99 on Smashwords today