The Waves by Jen Minkman
Date of publication: October 4th 2013
Number of pages: 174
Series: The Island (2#)
Source: From the author in exchange for review. This my honest opinion.
Date finished: 16th October
The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.
Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt’s life was like before and after he met Leia!
The second someone tells me they hate novellas, I will force this book upon them. And the first book as well, of course. You can not sway me from saying The Island novellas are the BEST.
All in all, The Waves was a smashing sequel. Jen Minkman has created a world so intricate that I just LOVE to visit. It feels like I know every little detail of the world, yet I know I don’t. I felt a similar way when I was reading The Island, yet I hadn’t imagined what was going on on the other side of the island.
I love all the ties The Waves had with The Island. There were some character reappearances and there were some new amazing characters too. Especially Watt. I was a tad worried, to be honest, that I had forgotten too much since the first book, but luckily not. My brain kind of made the connections anyway. So don’t worry if it had been a while since you read The Island because you will probably remember bits when reading it. Not that it would have REALLY mattered anyway because I think that it could almost be read as a standalone.
I adore the cover. I know I’m not the only one I think so too because I did a post featuring The Waves and I even got a comment about it.
I really hope there is a sequel! This is definitely a series I will continue with.
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Goodreads author bio:
Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.
‘I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad’s typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).’
Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading ( click HERE )which showcases books you have ‘found’ during the week. Be sure to leave me a link to your finds so that I can check them out! Here are the books I found and their synopsis from Goodreads…
Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence
A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.
Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?
Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he’ll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.
But Aria is no one’s pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.
Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.
The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .