I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
My Rating: B, Liked It
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by author.
Meggie has spent her whole like in Weymouth, a little sea-side town. She works two jobs to make ends meet. When Meggie was young, she had an imaginary friend, but Niall wasn't like ordinary imaginary friends. He stuck by Meggie's side all the way through middle school, swimming with her in the waves and helping her find unique shells. Then seven years ago, Niall vanished.
Now Mason shows up in town, working as a new hire at the restaurant Meggie works. Not only does Mason look identical to Niall, but he seemed genuinely interested in Meggie's unique shell necklace. Is it just a coincidence?
By the Sea is a short and sweet paranormal romance, with a simple yet interesting storyline. Ms. McIntyre does a good job giving readers a solid backstory and creating a heroine I want to cheer for. While there isn’t space for a whole lot of plot, there is just enough to create an enjoyable tale.
Overall, I found only a few small issues with the story, and even those are minor. It bothered me how much Meggie continually doubted her own sanity and how often she referred to Niall as her “made-up friend.” I also felt Mason made a decision or two that were a bit presumptuous.
By the Sea is a sweet, PG-rated romance. It is very short, but the author does a good job creating interesting characters with a decent backstory and a story with a solid conflict.