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The Sea Inside (Cerulean Songs Book 1) by [Johnstone, Vickie]
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Hi, I live in London and have a thing about fluffy cats. I work as a freelance layout sub-editor on business magazines and editor/proofreader on books. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling. I have self-published 15 books. Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist in the children's books category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013. Titles published in 2011: Kaleidoscope (March) - 119 poems, divided by chapter themes; Travelling Light - a free book of 38 poems; Kiwi in Cat City - the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April); Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June); Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October). Titles published in 2012: Day of the Living Pizza - a comedy horror for ages 10 up (May); Life's Rhythms - a collection of 316 haiku (June); 3 Heads and a Tail - a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June); Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August); Day of the Pesky Shadow - book 2 in the Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries series (October); Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November), and Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December). Titles published in 2013: The Sea Inside - Cerulean Songs, book 1. The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom. Links: Amazon US author page: http://www.amazon.com/Vickie-Johnstone/e/B004SZ9TGE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 Amazon UK book page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Vickie%20Johnstone&search-alias=digital-text Blog: http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com Twitter: @vickiejohnstone Website: Kiwiincatcity.com Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4788773.Vickie_Johnstone Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVickieJohnstone http://www.facebook.com/KiwiinCatCity http://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopePoetry http://www.facebook.com/VickieJohnstoneEditing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3322 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490417540
  • Publisher: Vickie Johnstone (25 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0BGJJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,131,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Book Review: The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd

Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
There is a terrific flow to this read, once the story gets going. Although the opening is necessary and integral to the ongoing plots, it does tend to feel a little directionless for a while. I think the saving grace in the opening is the realistic emotional turmoil of the main character. This is brilliantly written and laced with all the doubts and fears you would imagine.
The dialogue works well throughout, though with occasional very minor stutters; and the link between dialogue and descriptive is nicely done, which makes this a good read.

Character Development - 5.0/5.0 (Outstanding)
The characters grow on you very quickly. As you meet each cast member, they have attributes and faults that easily resonate with you, but equally, every one of them grows exponentially as they move through the story.
Even the secondary and tertiary characters are written in such a way that the reader latches onto them and feels them grow.
There are mythical and fantasy characters throughout the piece, all of whom are very individual, and each one adds to the value of the read.
Can't fault this.

Descriptive - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
From beginning to end, this is a feast of excellent descriptive. The environs, atmosphere, the emotions and the tastes and smells; everything is there.
I know what you're thinking now... `Why only 4.5?'

Even though the author gets pretty much everything on the money, I was a little disappointed with the quality of the description as the book reached its conclusion. It wasn't `bad' by any means, but it felt as if the writer had simply started to run out of steam.
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Was this dream in the ocean really a fantasy for Jayne? Was "the girl" wishing for another life in another world to escape the one she was living? Would she ever discover her true destiny? So many questions hung in the air as I read this suspenseful imaginative fable. I had to patiently wait and let the story give me the answers. I was so curious about where this was going to lead that I didn't want to put this book down. Beautifully told I enjoyed discovering a magical city under the sea.

Of all the positive messages shared in The Sea Inside, what rang the loudest for me was to always face your fears and never doubt yourself. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to.

"The icy wind blew harder and I buried my face against the damp sand as it roared. In the distance, the wailing grew louder as if the sea itself was crying. Something knocked me flat on my back. Freezing cold fingers flickered in my hair and around my throat. I screamed, but I could not see a thing, just the blue. I yelled louder until I was sure my lungs must burst as the hands covered my face. Kicking my feet, I fought my attacker with my fists, but I could not feel anyone there. Was it some kind of ghost?"
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I loved this book. It had a great main character who is transported into an under the sea world inhabited by a different species. Then her trials begin and the imagination of the author goes into overdrive but in a believable way.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing start to a new series 31 Jan. 2014
By Lynne Cantwell - Published on Amazon.com
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If you could escape your troubles by going to an alternate reality, would you? And would the problems you find there be worse than the ones you left behind?

As The Sea Inside opens, Jayne is in a hospital, recovering from an accident that robbed her of the ability to walk. She is approached there by a mysterious woman, who offers her an escape -- a crystal that, it turns out, transports Jayne to a magical land where everything is blue, people live under the sea, and she can walk again. There, she meets the love of her life.

Returned to her home world against her will, Jayne wants to go back. Only (of course!) time moves differently there; even if she succeeds, things may be very different from when she left.

Still, she has to try.

I found The Sea Inside to be an appealing fantasy novel -- and not just because blue is my favorite color. I'm looking forward to seeing where Johnstone takes her story in future installments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA Fiction Novel! 29 Jun. 2013
By A. E. Drury - Published on Amazon.com
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A young woman is struggling to adjust to life after a spinal cord injury when she is given a gift by a mysterious older woman. Rather than merely help Jayne adjust to her new reality, this gifts offers the potential of a completely alternate existence. Jayne finds her true love only to be dealt another cruel blow by fate. In her journey to get back her new life she must face the biggest hurdles any of us can. Our own fears and doubts.

How do you make the incredible credible? It must be enormously helpful to have written an excellent series of children's books based on a magical city where cats behave like human citizens. The Sea Inside is a young adult fantasy adventure which, like the Kiwi series takes the reader on a visit to a fantastic realm. It successfully takes us from the world of childhood fables, in the Kiwi books, to young adult fantasy adventure. Enjoyable and entertaining with subtle moral questions about love, friendship, loyalty, and family.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuel for the imagination. 3 Jan. 2014
By T. M. Novak - Published on Amazon.com
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I was quickly pulled into this story. I found my imagination being fed with every scene. The imagery the author created was breathtaking. I'm not going to compare it with any other stories because I feel it stands alone. I love the characters especially the dragon fly. I loved how Jayne grew in strength and courage the deeper she got into Entyre. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys an epic fantasy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read that will keep you guessing! 29 July 2013
By Wendy Siefken - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved how this story unfolded and kept you riveted to each page as yo followed along with the main character on her journey from fantasy to reality. Vickie has done a wonderful job in telling this story and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Inside 18 July 2013
By K.J. Dahlen - Published on Amazon.com
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What a fantastic story! Told in such a way it was easy to follow and I couldn't put it down until I reached the end.
The girl did what she had to do to get where she wanted to be. She faced her fears and in the end she won. great story
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