Terri Farley tackles a scarcely written about Celtic legend in this sweet teen romance And much to my delight she does a very good job Again my own bias slips in I was raised on selkies ever sin
Terri Farley tackles a scarcely-written-about Celtic legend in this sweet teen romance. And, much to my delight, she does a very good job.Again, my own bias slips in. I was raised on selkies, ever since the fabulous children's book "The Seal Mother" was read to me at bedtime. As someone who is absolutely obsessed with the story, I intend to read every book about selkies out there. Most, however, are cheesy romance novels that I know I'm not going to take too seriously. "Seven Tears into the Sea", however, really captures the legend's spirit, though Farley doesn't "go there" as she should.The romance crafted between Gwen and Jesse is, again, more sweet than sexual. I believed the bond, the possession. Was it shallow? Oh, yes, in many parts. However, when you read the book... It doesn't feel like it's supposed to be deep. Their relationship is meant to be fleeting, almost more of a milestone, a rite of passage for Gwen more than a real, long-term thing. They love one another, but both seem to know that it won't be forever. In that respect, it's a very meandering, mellow read. I felt as if I knew the conclusion before it happened, but oddly, that wasn't a bad thing.I understand how outsiders may have trouble understanding the legend; Farley doesn't spend much time fleshing it out. If it weren't for a few details at the end, the question of whether or not Jesse was a selkie could have been left ambiguous. (Which I almost would have preferred for this particular story, but oh well.) This decision seems to be intentional on the author's part. Let's leave it mysterious, Farley says. A standalone novel. "Seven Tears into the Sea" has little need for world-building. It's a modern interpretation of a folk tale.One thing I will say is that I don't think Farley explored Gwen and Jesse's physical relationship very well. It's not that I wanted them to have sex--however, it felt like she was dodging the overt sexuality of the selkie legend. The problem with this is that she teased it quite a bit, without at all fulfilling. Farley actually has a habit of this. It's like she wants to keep everything within the pre-teen range of her Phantom Stallion novels, though Seven Tears into the Sea stars a seventeen year old and should be aimed toward that age range. To be honest, I remember reading those same Phantom Stallion books and wishing that two characters would kiss--it seems to be a habit of hers to tease, but not go there. (Again: ten year old me didn't want the PS characters to go "there", of course. But come on. You're hinting at romance, put in a little bit of middle school crushing.) It comes off like she's either scared of or incapable of exploring Gwen's sexuality. And that's... kind of what the selkie legend is about...? Again, that's not to say the romance novels are on track. There should be something in the middle of extreme sex and chastity.So, yes. Seven Tears into the Sea is slow at some points, shallow at others, and it may come off as a bit withholidng. But there's a charming touch of fairy tale magic, a fragile romance, and a taste of another world. Popular Seven Tears Into the Sea Author Terri Farley am Ebook Beckon the sea, I ll come to thee Shed seven tears, perchance seven years At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again Now sevBeckon the sea, I ll come to thee Shed seven tears, perchance seven years At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home Her nana asked her to come But Gwen knows it s time to go back for another reason She yearns for the sea Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met Perhaps it s time for her to face her destiny.. Terri Farley is the author of Seven Tears into the Sea, the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and the forthcoming Wild at Heart Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them Fall 2015.Terri lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with her journalist husband and pets, but still longs for the California beaches where she grew up She s worked as a waitress, journalist and teacher and now writes full time, most often barefoot, with a cat on her lap.. Popular Kindle Seven Tears Into the Sea Er. Okay. Let me tell you first that I am not the most cheerful person at the moment – and yes, I am blaming the electrical engineering and mechanics exams I am studying for right now. And this book infuriated me for some reason. I really don’t know why I made myself read up until page 230 here when it was pretty clear that I wouldn’t enjoy this novel – and as I don’t have much time to read right now anyway, I certainly shouldn’t waste it on books I don’t like. But well, I can only blame myself.I wish this story had focused more on the Celtic myths and the population’s superstitions when it comes to mer creatures and less on the ‘love story’ between the main character, Gwen(nie) - *shudders* - and the mysterious guy who rescued her in a storm when she was little. Seriously, I don’t know if I’ve just become extremely sensitive when it comes to relationships like theirs, but a lot of things here just rubbed me the wrong way. First and foremost, Jesse doesn’t have a personality apart from being very much in love with Gwen, behaving strangely, running around shirtless often and emitting slightly creepy vibes. We don’t learn anything about his past, how he lives and why his feelings regarding Gwen are so strong. I mean, they ‘met’ for a few minutes seven years ago when he saved her from drowning, but that pretty much was it.And then, Gwen. I mean, she is seriously inconsistent in her behaviour and thoughts. At first, she seems to be afraid of Jesse and associates him with all kinds of dangers – wild animals, stalkers, serial killers …"As the flames glimmered on his eyes, he looked me over like a wolf sizing up his dinner.""I didn’t want anyone watching me so closely they could guess my back hurt.""Even stalkers could be handsome.""I was so spellbound that if my dad had suddenly appeared and reminded me serial killers were all this charismatic, I would have asked him who cared.""I didn’t care that I was being romanced by a crazy guy. … I was still being romanced."Ehm, okay. This makes the love interest sound majorly unappealing – at least to me. But Gwen obviously doesn’t care. The two of them kiss for the first time and suddenly, she is very much in love, all her worries are shrugged off as unimportant and she starts referring to him as her boyfriend. No matter that there is nothing between them! They are meant to be together after all. So there doesn’t have to be any connection between them apart from physical attraction.Also, I have lately noticed that the ‘absent parents’ plot device is becoming more and more common in YA. Somehow, that fact never really bothered me. But here, it just felt all wrong. Gwen describes her parents as almost obsessed with her security, they even call her friends to make sure they aren’t without parental supervision and she is not allowed to go out much. Yet, they have absolutely no problem with her staying in an isolated cottage without a phone connection or cell phone all alone for the whole summer. Okay, her grandmother’s inn is only a five minute walk away, but then again, she wouldn’t even be able to call her if something happened. I am asking myself: Why didn’t she just stay at her grandmother’s? I can’t imagine that would have been a problem. And I would have preferred that solution if I were her. Call me chicken, but I would not want to live all by myself in a small cottage – no matter how much freedom that meant.So, sorry that turned into a small rant, but I was definitely looking for something different when I started this story. Somehow, I thought books like this were more an aspect of the post-Twilight paranormal wave, but it turns out they were already there before.Still, I really enjoyed the selkie myths woven into the story and the legends Gwen’s grandmother tells her customers at tea time. I think I would thoroughly enjoy spending my holidays at an inn like hers – the beaches and the garden sounded wonderful as well. The book really had a nice summery vibe to it in general. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a mermaid/selkie story in a similar environment but without the strange love story I’d rather recommend Sea Change. Not a favourite of mine either, but I certainly enjoyed it more than this one.
Seven Tears into the Sea Kindle edition by Farley, Terri SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA is a charming story about a young woman, Gwen, and her selkie lover As a ten year old child, Gwen was drawn down to the sea one night during a storm Whilst there she encountered a young man the small local community jumped on the incident, speculated about exactly what happened to her. Seven Tears into the Sea SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA is a charming story about a young woman, Gwen, and her selkie lover As a ten year old child, Gwen was drawn down to the sea one night during a storm Whilst there she encountered a young man the small local community jumped on the incident, speculated about exactly what happened to her. Seven Tears Into the Sea by Terri Farley Farley s novel begins with ten year old Gwen Cook, who lives with her parents in a cottage near the sea, encountering a young man l In Seven Tears into the Sea Terri Farley takes a mainstay of Celtic lore and transplants it to the present day in coastal northern California. Seven Tears into the Sea Walmart Walmart Up to sh backSeven Tears into the sea is a modern romance story of Celtic tales of Selkies The main character Gwen had an encounter with a mysterious man when she was little Her family believes that she was molested and moves away At , she is brought back to help her Grandma with her bed and breakfast. Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley, Paperback May , Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley Paperback Original . Paperback . NOOK Book . View All Available Formats Editions Ship This Item Qualifies for Free Shipping Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley Great pick Aug , Seven Tears into the Sea is a book worth returning to, and for those joining Gwen on Mirage Beach for the first time, expect to be drawn into the magic of an unforgettable summer solstice Also available are Terri Farley s two hugely popular series Goombay Dance Band Seven Tears Lyrics Genius Lyrics Seven Tears Lyrics Seven tears have flown into the river Seven tears are runnin to the sea If one day they reach some distant waters Then you ll know It s sent with love from me Here I Seven Tears Into The Sea By Terri Farley Paperback Free shipping on orders of from Target Read reviews and buy Seven Tears Into the Sea by Terri Farley Paperback at Target Get it today with Same Day Delivery, Order Pickup or Drive Up.