by Shana Norris


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Sixteen-year-old Mara Westray has just lost her mother, and now, being shipped off to live with the father she doesn't know is not how she imagined grieving. She's already counting down the days until she turns eighteen and can leave the tiny island of Swans Landing.

But from the moment she steps off the ferry, nothing is as ordinary as it looks. Whispers of a haunting song on the wind make her see impossible things, and she isn't sure she can trust her judgment about what is real and what isn't anymore. Maybe she can't even trust her judgment about quiet Josh Canavan, whose way of speaking in riddles and half-truths only confuses her more, luring her deeper into the secrets hidden beneath the ocean's surface.

As she tries to unravel the events that led to her mom fleeing the island sixteen years ago, Mara finds that the biggest secret of all is only the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988450950
Publisher: Shana Norris
Publication date: 12/19/2013
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shana Norris is the author of the young adult novels The Boyfriend Thief, Troy High, and Something to Blog About, a Book Sense Summer 2008 Children's Pick, which was called "an uplifting and quick read" by Children's Literature. She lives in eastern North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and five cats. Find her online at

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Surfacing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i saw the cover of the book i was instantly in love. The story captured my attention and made me fall in love. The characters and the ending made me laugh and cry. I recommend this book for anyone who thinks they dont belong
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 stars!! After being away from the small island of Swans Landing for around 12 years, Mara returns to live with her father (a man she never knew). Feeling lost and alone, Mara finds herself drawn to Josh. Josh is a teen who keeps to himself and compels her at every turn. However Swans Landing is an island FULL of secrets and once Mara finally understands what those secrets are will she be willing to stick around the island or will she “run” away as far as she can… This is an intriguing and mysterious YA romance novel. It kept me guessing most of the way through while wishing for a good HEA to wrap it all up. What I got was a whole lot of secrecy. Yet, I liked that even though the series continues at a cliffhanger for the main storyline, there was a smallish HEA for Mara. What can I say about Josh and Mara other than they were made for one another. While they are both so similar, it was how they seemed to help each other become who they were meant to be that I liked the most. It makes me interested to see how their relationship will continue as this series progresses. Especially because of how the ending was handled, I know they are in for plenty of tough roads ahead. I recommend this novel and series to those looking for a unique suspenseful YA paranormal romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews -- read more of this review and TWO TEASERS on my blog: --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing book, she is an incredible author I reccomend this book to many people and I hope she creates a living out of it. Best wishes to her <3 =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
damarisc123 More than 1 year ago
Surfacing was a nice change for me. When I picked Surfacing up to begin reading it, I honestly had no idea what the story was really about. I sort of just jumped into it. I have to say that I was immediately hooked after reading the first couple of pages. I really enjoyed it, but there were some parts that threw me off and had me annoyed at times, but I will get into that in a bit. When Mara¿s mother dies she is sent off to live with her father who is a complete stranger to her. She knows nothing about him or what he is really like. Only what her mother shared with her, and even that wasn¿t much. From the first two pages of the story I was already interested and wanted to know what was going to happen. The minute Mara arrives, she quickly learns that there is a huge mystery to the town and there¿s obviously something she doesn¿t know and no one is willing to share with her. Already half the town dislikes her and she has no clue. They look down on her and her family. The only friends she makes and that her father has are also disliked. With everything she is going through, losing her mother, moving in with a stranger, new town, new friends, that last thing she needs is enemies. Then she meets Josh, one of the ¿cool¿ kids and they quickly build a friendship, only it¿s a secret friendship. It was just a lot of bad happening to her and if it were me, I would have had a break down. Mara started off as a strong character with a slick mouth and always spoke what was on her mind. She defended herself and she even defended those who weren¿t really her friends. She just couldn¿t stand bullying. I loved this about her, but then there were times where she would just annoy me. I understand the bitterness towards her father and the pain she is feeling, but at times she lashed out and it just bothered me a bit and felt unnecessary. Another thing that annoyed me a bit was that half the book, or a little more than half, it¿s a whole bunch of, ¿You¿re not ready to know the truth¿ or ¿It¿s not my place to tell you.¿ After a while I got tired of everyone telling her this and I wanted to know the truth already. Once Mara does finally learn the truth and everything is revealed, the story got even more interesting. I also really liked the relationship Mara had with her friends, and the one she developed with Josh. If there is a second part to Surfacing, I would definitely like to read it. I enjoyed it, but I just wish Mara¿s personality stayed consistent. She was up and down for me. There were also lots of moments that took me by surprise. I recommend this story! 3.5 out of 5 stars!
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Just so everybody knows, you can read this same exact book for FREE on wattpad, its an android app and website.
Sofia_NW More than 1 year ago
Slow start that left you with too many question cause nobody could answer them. &quot;It just want the right time.&quot; So at 1st I was kinda put off and annoyed with the lack of answers and everybody being so vague. Then half-way through the book, answers were revealed and the action picked up and I couldn't put the book down. I love stories about mermaids aka finfolk. This book was really good and I can't wait to read the sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on Wattpad it was really good
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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Shana Norris, Fiction Addiction, and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Mara is moving to the small island of Swan&rsquo;s Landing to live with her father following her mother&rsquo;s death. Some of the people of Swan&rsquo;s Landing are less than welcoming though, and some even seem racist towards Mara for what she assumes is her dark skin, but in truth it seems it is something else. Mara has heard talk of the &lsquo;finfolk&rsquo; &ndash; people who are able to transform underwater to have a tail rather than legs and breath water instead of air, but Mara never thought that this would have any impact on her life. Why do the residents of Swan&rsquo;s Landing hate Mara so much? Why did her father never travel inland to visit her? And what of the finfolk? This was an okay story about a girl who discovers she has ties to the sea, and I liked the romance. The characters in this book were all quite argumentative, and bitter! They all seemed to argue among themselves, and there wasn&rsquo;t a single person in the town who wasn&rsquo;t feuding with someone else it seemed! There was even a real race-hate thing going on, and so many people were just angry! Even Mara was angry, seemingly at everyone, although this was probably in part due to her grief over her mother&rsquo;s death. My favourite character in this was Josh (the love interest) though, who was so sweet and so supportive, and made such a good match for Mara. The storyline in this was okay if a little predictable in places. I thought that the way that Mara found out what she was was a little odd, but it accomplished what needed to be accomplished! My favourite part of this book was the romance between Josh and Mara, although I didn&rsquo;t appreciate the love triangle. Why Dylan needed to be in there I don&rsquo;t know! When Mara and Josh were together though it was really sweet, and I really wanted things to work out for them. The ending of this was alright, but for me it was a little sad, and didn&rsquo;t really tie all that much up. I&rsquo;m guessing that you have to read the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens to Mara and Josh but I real hope that they end up together! Overall; an interesting fishy tale with a sweet romance. 6.5 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ve seen this book on wattpad.... i winder if its tye same book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This boook is soooooooooo goood.i recomend it i read then sample and waz like i have to habe this so i bought it and itz totally worth my money