Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Somewhere, Beyond the Sea: "Second Star" by Alyssa Sheinmel

Second Star, by Alyssa Sheinmel, brings all the beauty and mystery of the sea and those who are drawn to try and tame the waves, a group of boys who live to surf, vividly alive. There is more to it than that, though. In this lovely re-imagining of the Peter Pan story this one begins with a bonfire by the sea and a girl, Wendy Darling. Wendy has just graduated High School and has been accepted at Stanford. She has been on a track towards a bright future all her life. She does not feel quite so on track at the moment. Her twin brothers, John and Michael, avid surfers, have disappeared and are presumed drowned after they chased a monster wave up the coast nine months earlier. This has derailed her family. She, herself, still believes they might be out there... somewhere.
Watching a lone surfer ride the waves, Wendy finds herself drawn into the ocean only to be rescued by the surfer boy as she has wandered in too deeply. Something comes alive in her, after that. The decision to be the one to find her brothers and bring them home.
After a random sighting of the surfer boy at a gas station, she follows his bicycle to a deserted beach. It is here that Wendy will begin to discover a life she's never known, but maybe the one her brothers had lived. And two very different boys who may just help her find the answers she is searching for.
 Get a copy of Second Star and read on till morning as you join Wendy and the boys in their dreamy Neverland by the sea. Two Stars! No, make that five! Highly recommended!
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. This title will be released in May.

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