This was a cute book but I wasn't overly wowed. I really didn't like the ending for one thing. Is it setting up for a sequel? If not then I feel like I wasted my time. However, the story before the ending was very cute and fun; perhaps a beach read. I liked the subject matter very much and would have given this a 5 rating if the ending had be better. I do recommend it though because even though I didn't like the ending, you may, and the rest of the book was a lot of fun. I also loved the main character and her obsession with science.
I enjoyed the small facts of sea creatures, the folklore behind the island, and in general the little details which gives the novel an excellent foundation. I thought the way the tale of the merman and mermaid was nicely presented through the voice of a fisherman.
My biggest disappointment was the fact that the relationship between Miranda and Leo was never dealt with in detail. It was just a few scenes of only these two. Love at first sight is a good start, but what comes after the first sight is important. I need reason why these two people are meant for each other. I need more dialogue, more interaction, a deeper connection. As well as if Leo truly is a merman. Throughout the book, I was just waiting to read about the conflict once Miranda figures the truth out. Sadly, hints were dropped that he is but never a full blown confession.
I would have also liked to read about Mirandas mothers past; her struggle, her path of falling in love and divorcing, the interaction between her ex-fiancÃ©e and old friends. What was the sudden switch from the cold shoulders to the rubbing elbows? Somehow, somewhere I need a bridge to fill in these gaps. But I enjoyed the reading about the relationship with Miranda; I thought it was realistic and not overly dramatic.
However, I did enjoy Isadores character. It was compelling and full of excitement. The way Aimee connected Isadores past and Mirandas current self was brilliantly done with the few attributes that Miranda possess similar to that of her late grandmother.
The side characters reminded me a bit much of MTVs reality TV show The Hills. Basically its a group of rich children that has no other goal in life than to get laid, rich, and beautified. I have no trouble about this but when about half the book is the activities that Miranda and they do, it just spells non-enjoyment.
Overall: A sad disappointment. A diamond in the rough is what I mostly sum it up as.
However, I did enjoy the plot especially about the mermaids and stuff because, hello, mermaids are awesome and they're so rare in today's books. :)
I loved the originality of the plot. Imagine: a girl going out into a small island and discovers something that can and possibly will change her life. I mean, a bit cliche but with the addition of mermaids, completely original, is it not?
Anyway, the characters were a bit...disappointing. We seem to know a lot about Miranda, factually, but not personally. She didn't seem to jump out of the pages for me and was kind of like a 2-D person. No real personal depth and stuff.
Leo was also wasn't what I had expected. Yes, he was gorgeous and utterly captivating but other than that? Nothing really. Though, I did enjoy his mysteriousness. [It's a word...I checked!] Which brings me to my next main point: the ending.
Okay, the ending sucked. Period. It never answered the main question so at the end of the book, I was left guessing and hanging there. Which is not exactly a nice place to be. Despite the fact that my question and basically the whole point of the book was never really answered, I enjoyed reading about the mystery and all the little hidden stuff around it.
Overall, Sea Change was a fascinating read but if you don't mind the cliff-hanger and stuff at the end, I think you'll enjoy it too. Plus, the cover is AMAZING.