When the Sea Is Rising Red

When the Sea Is Rising Red

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Felicita fakes her own suicide to escape from the strict confines of her aristocratic family and an arranged marriage, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of living in the slums and the ultimate discovery that the boy she has fallen in love with is plotting a rebellion to destroy her family.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374364755
0374364753
Branch Call Number: YF HELLI-C
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm

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JCLChrisK May 31, 2013

Exquisite world building. So effectively foreign and atmospheric yet real and immersive, in fact, that I almost didn't notice the female protagonist was involved in a love triangle with two boys, one of which happened to be a vampire. It almost felt like the publisher told Hellisen the story had to have those ingredients--love triangle, one girl two boys, vampire--for them to consider her book, so she included them as necessary then made them as unobtrusive and unimportant to the overall story as possible. Much more significant are the mysterious, dark magics of Felicita's world, the social structure and class dynamics, and Felicita's pursuit of an independent identity. Just enough grunge and danger to give the whole affair weight without descending to drudgery and despair. I enjoyed this one a great deal.

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