Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review: The Sea Calls My Name by Hollis Shiloh

The Sea Calls My NameBlurb:

He lost his magic. How?

Returning to the bookstore by the sea, Daniel worries about how to tell his father that the money he saved to send his gifted son to magic school was a waste.

Daniel buries his secret under the pretense of coming home for a vacation. Then he meets Leaf Springfield, a beautiful young man who's been systematically beaten down by his uncle.

Irresistibly drawn to one another, they learn they share more than a love for raw fish and the ocean—both have lost a mother, and their ties to the ocean may be more fantastic than they can imagine.

Passion explodes between the two. It terrifies Daniel how quickly his feelings for Leaf grow. There may be more here than meets the eye—about both of them.

Todd’s rating:

This is my second read by Shiloh, my first being "Out of the Rain", which I quite enjoyed and highly recommend.

This book had the same seemingly timeless setting as that first book, only realizing the book was set in fairly modern times from references to telephones, radios and cars.

In this short novella, Daniel had recently flunked out of magic school, because his magic had left him, and upon returning home, he met the fishmonger's abused nephew, Leaf.

Their attraction was immediate and they quickly became involved, but when Daniel realized that their all-consuming attraction might have been something 'more', he spent a large part of the book being petulant and pissing into the wind over what I would personally have considered a gift, rather than some huge burden or injustice.

His reactions, considering how truly happy Leaf made him, really grated on me and ended up souring my enjoyment of what was shaping up to be a happy, light read.

In my capacity as a reviewer, I'd honestly have to suggest reading Shiloh's "Out of the Rain" instead of this book, mainly due to the MC's in that book maintaining an unwavering desire to be together, without reverting to some very childish behavior and causing undue hurt to an already-injured sensitive soul.

2.75 *don't-curse-a-gift-horse* stars for this read.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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