- Author – Elizabeth Foster
- Publisher – Odyssey Books
- Pages – 254
- #fantasy #YA
When fifteen year old Esme Silver objects at her fathers wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariana so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up for the real reason for her mothers disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is a code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to uncorks. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Arianes double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really know her at all.
Thank you to Henry Roi at Odyessy books for my copy of the ebook.
The books started off very intriguing, I felt so sorry for the main character Esme, still grieving the loss of her mother while everyone just expects her to get over it. Her new step mum seemed like a ‘wicked step mum’ type and that just made me feel more for Esme.
When Esme discovered Esperance I really thought she would have found her mum and found it sad that she wasn’t there.
As I got closer to the middle of the book, this is where it started to slow down, I felt it was dragging and I just really couldn’t get into it, but I still found myself extremely intrigued as to what happened to Esme’s mother so I carried on reading, it took me to 67% and I finally had to give up. It was not gripping enough for me.
I found I was highly disappointed that I couldn’t continue because I was intrigued and I guess I still am to find out what happens to her mum but the story was to slow paced for me to endure.