- Title: Sea Change
- Author: S.M. Wheeler
- ISBN: 9780765333148
- Page: 236
- Format: Hardcover
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken In Octavius s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to aThe unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken In Octavius s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price Her journey to win Octavius s freedom is difficult The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch the witch wants her skin back from two bandits the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first Lilly s quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.
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**I received a free copy of Sea Change from Tor in exchange for an honest review.**A fantasy bildungsroman, Sea Change follows the isolated, lonely and headstrong protagonist, Lilly, as she explores the limits of friendship. Born into a prosperous house to parents who fight as fiercely as they once loved, Lilly is a disappointment to her father because she is not the male heir for whom he hoped and the birthmark that blemishes half of her face ostracizes her from the townspeople who fear she is [...]
Peculiar in the most exceptional way! Sea Change captured me with its unique and old world style narrative. What do I mean by "old world" exactly? - imagine how it is to read any of the classics and that would come close to the feeling of this book except everything was mystical, magical and not a bit too unusual. Taking that into consideration this wasn't a book I could devour in one sitting but instead has to move thru at a leisurely pace. Also, be aware there are no chapters in this book! Tho [...]
Many thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the galley copy (via NetGalley)A lonely eight-year-old girl named Lilly encounters a young kraken on the shore and decides to name it Octavius. Their friendship has a negative correlation to her relationship with her parents: as she and Octavius grow closer, Lilly is distanced from her family, especially her father. Years later, when Octavius is captured and sold to a circus master, Lilly embarks on a journey to save her dearest friend, a quest that will tr [...]
I won an ARC from tor. Bargain! This is a dark, weird book that is unlike anything else I've read. I think the closest I can come to a comparison is some of the short fiction of Caitlin Kiernan. I stayed up late finishing it, and I love me some sleep. In the end, this is a book about love and friendship that raises a lot of thorny moral questions it doesn't answer. It's immersive while you're reading it and gives you a lot to chew on afterward. So, yeah, basically it's brilliant. But not necessa [...]
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: This had a refreshing new idea, but the writing style was confusing and the story was just too slow paced for me.Opening Sentence: Acid flowed at the table more often than wine and had long since ceased to cause Lilly alarm; her attention remained on the soup even as Father asked, “Does the thought of me still pain your head, love?”The Review: Lilly is the daughter of a very rich merchant, and has been spoiled her whole life. Her mother [...]
openbooksociety/article/seBrought to you by OBS reviewer ValerieSea Change is probably one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. I don’t think it can be classified as fantasy unless it’s “fantasize about disturbing things we do for friendship.” Honestly, I was horrified as I read through Sea Change, but hey, at least I finished it!It’s gory, creepy, scary, disgusting, and yet amazingly addicting at the same time. I felt pretty disgusted at the plot; you won’t believe what Li [...]
BEST READS OF 2014This book was beautiful, one of the best things I've read this year, and hauntingly stuck in my head. The prose was lyrical, the premise fantastically unique, and the ending gnawingly raw. Wheeler played with fairy tale themes in a way that feels familiar while introducing tales that were entirely original. I can't recommend it enough.
There is an except from this book on Tor and it looks amazing! I totally want a sea monster best friendr/stories/2013/03/se
This book is very reminiscent of Hans Christian Anderson's work. If you're looking for a happy ending, then I suggest you look elsewhere. The main character goes on a quest to obtain the release of her captured friend, and many horrible things happen to her along the way. In the end, after all of the hardships she's endured, she wins her friend's freedom by relinquishing her memories of him in payment. I did enjoy the storyline, and the many interesting magical creatures therein.but it wasn't a [...]
I have to be honest I was so apprehensive to start reading Sea Change because our main character Lilly is so young. I usually try to read books where the characters are closer to my age range. Because I find that I connect more personally with characters that are closer to my age. But after reading the first chapter of Sea Change I knew I would have no problems with the age difference. Sea Change is about Lilly's relationship with a kraken named Octavius. Lilly forms a very close bond with the k [...]
3 1/2 starsA CHANGE is not your typical children’s’ fairytale. Upon reading the synopsis for the book, I was expecting a much tame happy-ever-after type of book. Let me tell you, I was surprised to find out that SEA CHANGE is more The Brothers Grimm than sugar coated Disney. The story started out pretty simple, a girl name Lily is mistreated by her evil parents but finds happiness and comfort in her friend Octavius who happens to be a kraken (yes folks, the sea monster). Octavius, Lily’s o [...]
If you are a fan of fantasy and want a read that stands out from the crowd, you are in luck: Sea Change is a quirky, captivating, poetically penned "fairytale for grown-ups." Featuring a host of fantastical characters who nonetheless maintain a gritty sense of realism, the story is a touching tale of friendship between two unlikely companions: a gentle-natured kraken, and a socially isolated girl. A dark and unflinching narrative unfolds with the help of skillful word craft that is a style all W [...]
Lilly is a strange child, caring more about her friend the kraken than her parents, who bicker constantly. The day her mother leaves, she knows that it will soon be time for her to leave as well. Her father never wanted a daughter, especially not one who has a birthmark on her face. When he remarries, she finds herself ready to leave, to be replaced by another child. What she wasn't expecting was for her friend to go missing, Octavius the kraken seems to have vanished, so Lilly sets out on a jou [...]
Sea Change is the story of Lilly, a girl with a birthmark on her face. She is the daughter of a trader who has become nobility, but the birthmark keeps her isolated as the people of the village think she is a witch. Her only friend is Octavius, a kraken. When Octavius is captured and sold to a circus, Lilly sets out to free him. What follows is a sequential quest. At each stage of her quest some other deed or article is demanded of her.I struggled with this book from the beginning. Occasional pa [...]
I can understand why there are such mixed reviews of this book. While it seems to fall within certain genres and tropes (fairy tale, fantasy, quest), it (like its mercurial genderqueer protagonist) doesn't ever conform fully to any of them. Maybe this book just happened to be what I needed at the the time or maybe it's that I'm so relieved the writer didn't resort to other, nastier (sexist, racist, homophobic) tropes for edginess or resolution. The book is very dark in its themes and storylines [...]
I found this book utterly charming. The roles of gender, friendship, and family are used are so wonderfully nuanced and rich, and I think that those are the strongest aspects of the book. I know others have expressed dislike for the writing style, but I felt like that -- in addition to the (also critiqued) plethora of characters that aren't around for as long of a time as they would be in other books -- really emphasized this story as fairy tale-esque, which I found perfectly fitting. The growth [...]
If a sea monster reading you grisly fairy tales sounds like a great idea, you may love Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler.Once upon a time, a girl named Lilly was born with a port-wine-stain birthmark. Had this smear of red been on her ankle she might have led a normal life. Instead people called her a demon, a witch child, because half her face crawled with a bloody splotch.Superstition treats no one kindly, but even if Lilly had lived in our world she might have felt dominated by a few inches of skin [...]
i am really torn on this book. i loved the beginning with the dynamics between Lilly's parents, how she was treated by them, and her close friendship with Octavius. but then Octavius is stolen and my favorite part of the book was gone. while the middle section is still pretty good, i also loved Horace and Ms. Gottschalk(she is one literature's creepiest inventions!), i was always wishing Octavius was present. i also dug the genderbending twist. i was totally not expecting it and was like "woaah, [...]
Slight spoilers (hints?) inside:Lyrical and lingering, this book is full of jarring imagery and flavor. I told my sister about it once, and she says she's still haunted by the ending months later. As she hasn't read the book herself, I'd consider this a true victory for the author. As for me, I'm amazed by the rhythmic prose here, and I'm terribly fond of the skinless witch. All the carnal, gory imagery employed with her was a lot of fun.
Not really my thing At first it seemed like a love story between a kraken and a birthmarked girl, but then it turned into a quest with witches, spells, and bandits, and I felt less interested. Although I wasn't interested in the other direction I thought it was going either, because consummating that particular relationship would just be awkward. Imagine the offspring.I skimmed through to the end and was not unhappy that I quit after halfway.
Overall impression:Sea Change doesn’t lack in creativity, but it fails to provide any real emotion, causing me to put it down before finishing.Read the full review on Book Revels.
Weird and lovely, and much more complicated than it sounds.
Simply amazing. A beautiful, sophisticated, captivating fairy tale. One of the best books I've read all year.
This Review and more can be found on my blog: The Muses CircleMy Review: A brave young heroine. An unusual, yet poignant friendship. A harrowing journey of self discovery, perseverance, and how far one would go to save the person they love. Sound intriguing? That doesn't even scratch the surface when trying to describe Sea Change by the extremely talented S.M. Wheeler. However, I am up for the challenge because I have a feeling that for every glowing review there will be some negative ones. Why? [...]
Here's a book that reminds you that fairy tales were meant to be scary. They were meant to explain the unexplainable, and they were cautionary tales. Be polite to strangers, because you never know what power they might wield. Be cautious what you ask for- you might be taken literally. Sometimes, you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time and that's enough for punishment.Lilly is a child with wildness in her heart. As a young girl, she befriends a small kraken, who becomes her best and poss [...]
There was far less kraken in this book than I expected, given the title and the description.It almost felt as if I were reading one story, only to have it interrupted by another, picking up the first story again only at the very end. The storyline with the witch and the bandits felt fairly disconnected from Octavius's storyline; Lilly barely thought about Octavius during her time there, which was especially odd given she was away for so long--I would have expected her to become increasingly conc [...]
This is a powerfully strange story. It is magical and takes place in that typical environment of fairy tales where no internal combustion engines roam, and there are witches and spells, but aside from that it is largely atypical of any tale, fairy or otherwise. It does not seem to be allegorical or based on any classic narrative. It is not "the hero's journey" in the sense taught to us by Joseph Campbell although we do have a central protagonist who undertakes an epic task and encounters a labyr [...]
4 1/2 StarsIn a word: a harrowing adventure, a determined heroine, an unbreakable friendship, all written in lush and poetic prose.The thing…was bright red, craggy-skinned, and the size of Father’s fist, which was to say not very large but with a great deal of presence; around it limbs coiled like petals circling a flower’s heart. The water came halfway to the top of its bulbous body. It made kettle noises at her. Good sense rolled right out of her head with the silly thought that adventur [...]
Leslie's Thoughts (originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks on 11/2013):Just like its blurb suggested Sea Change was unlike any fantasy I have ever read. Everything was different: the characters, plot, setting(s), and writing too. Admittedly at times I had to plough through the novel, but overall, Sea Change was a read that I will never forget for it was unique, creative, and adventurous. Like other reviewers before me may have mentioned in their reviews, I thought the pacing of S [...]
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!(Description nicked from B&N.)“The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hop [...]
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