Review of Isola di Squalo by Heidi PeltierPosted in 5 stars, review
On the small Mediterranean island of Isola di Squalo, an ancient legend binds the fate of the royal Delmar family directly to the peace and protection of the island. The consequence of turmoil is the return of a giant shark who ultimately attacks one of the royal family. Seventeen-year-old American Dylan Murphy is thrilled to learn that a life-long dream has been fulfilled when he is accepted to a local university's shark study program on Isola di Squalo. He has hopes of diving with the Great White Shark, and leaning from one of the leading scientists in the field. Unfortunately, in an early run-in with the island's princess, Terra Delmar whose greatest wish is to terminate the program, lands him with the unsavory task of befriending her and convincing her to allow the scientists to stay. Dylan scoffs at the Delmar legend until he comes face-to-face with the shark. When a life-threatning injury sends him home, he realizes he has fallen in love with the island and it's queen, Terra. The return of the shark can only mean that she and her island are in danger, and though he knows he and Terra can never be together, he feels he needs to return to save them both. (Taken from Goodreads).
This book was one of the best books I have read all year. Apart from the suspense and drama (which was great) it had a tad of romance to, unfortunately the romance was a bit toe-curing in places but I think that is mainly personal preference. I could really relate to the characters, especially Dylan and could easily see the situation through their eyes. I loved the quick and frequent bits of drama which kept me engaged throughout the book, the thought of the imminent attack of the shark stayed with me throughout the story. If I could suggest any improvements however, I would change the title, once amid the book the title seems fitting but I am not sure it would draw in many punters as it is not very catching. Having said that this is a amazing book and I can't wait for the next installment.
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