Beached

16 Jun

BeachedBeached by Ros Baxter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the sequel to Fish Out of Water. This one follows Rania and Princess Lecanora as they explore the land and find the secret to the end of the world. The novel starts with Lecanora attacking the manager of a fast food restaurant for serving fish. They have just come back from their water kingdom of Aegira, and are trying to find connections to recent destructive events in their home kingdom. They’re going to need help, so they recruit Rania’s mom, as well as Doug and Larry, Rania’s friends. I can’t say too much more without spoiling the book, and without spoiling the first one for those who haven’t read it. Suffice it to say, things don’t always work out as planned. They also have to contact Susan Murray, presidential candidate, for her help in this. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot, but it wasn’t too hard to follow. It also ties up neatly at the end, which means that there probably won’t be a 3rd novel. Fish Out of Water was written in 1st person, from Rania’s point of view. This novel is written in 3rd person. It was a little jarring at first, but that may have been because I read both of them back to back. If I had read them when they were each first published, it may not have been an issue. It was also jarring when the novel switched to present tense during one very big scene (I don’t want to give it away). Usually when that happens, the different scene is in italics, to distinguish it. This one wasn’t, and I felt it should have been rewritten to reflect the rest of the book. These are relatively minor quibbles, though. All in all, a good book.

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