First--the striking cover:
I could seriously stare at that scene all day. *wistful sigh*
And here's how the publisher describes the story:
When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.
Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.
But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.
So obviously this is a Contemp--which you guys know I don't read AS many of. Not because I don't enjoy contemporary stories--but because sometimes they can be a bit slow for my taste. But MOONGLASS is incredibly page turning. In fact, I read it all in one sitting. I wanted so badly to learn more about Anna's mother, explore the cottages on the beach, and--of course--see more of the hotness that is Tyler, that I just couldn't. put. it. down.
And the writing is gorgeous. I've read a lot of "beach stories" over the years, and I'm not sure any have done such a beautiful job of describing the setting. You feel the sand between your toes. The waves washing over your skin. You can see every piece of moonglass glowing in the moonlight. And the way Jessi mixes mermaid myths and metaphors to parallel the mysterious death of Anna's mother is elegant. Let's just say I had major writing envy the entire time I was reading.
MOONGLASS is sad and honest and lush and moving. Jessi tosses you back and forth between heartache and hope as easily as the waves toss shards of sea glass on the shore. I highly recommend it, whether you'll be reading it at the beach or from your sofa, dreaming of the ocean. It's the perfect summer read. I can't wait to buy my hardcover copy on May 3rd.
But--as always--I don't want you guys to just take my word for it. See for yourselves. I'm giving away my ARC to one lucky commenter on this post. To enter, just make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday April 30th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Sunday May 1st. International entries welcome.
Oh--and since I know how much you guys love contests, better hop over to Jessi's blog once you're done entering here. She's giving away an AWESOME Mermaid prize pack (I seriously, seriously want it!) to one lucky commenter. Click HERE for details on how to enter.
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