Rolling in the Deep
With vacation season ramping up and the height of summer upon us, you may be looking for some water. Cold, refreshing water. We suggest starting with one of the biggest sources of water out there: the ocean. If the coast is a little too far for a trip, try these books about the sea. Adventure, romance, magic, and so much more await just beyond the horizon. Enjoy these books beachside or on the imaginary shore of your mind.
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
When Clio’s summer plans to get with her crush are dashed by her dad’s mission to find missing treasure in the Mediterranean, she gets more than she bargained for as she gets to know the other crewmates, including the pompous Aidan. The team takes on the ocean while Clio also explores what she knows about herself and love.
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Holding onto a dream they had as children to find the shipwreck only their great-great-great-grandmother survived, Violet and Sam commit to searching the coast of Maine for the legendary waterlogged ship. Along with a local (and, for Violet, crush-worthy) historian named Liv, Violet and Sam encounter dangers they couldn’t begin to imagine in their journey to find the past. Also available as an ebook.
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
In a story of whales against men, one pod attacks a ship only to discover it is perhaps more than they are prepared to take on. Now in a hunt that is the stuff of legends, the whale pod will gather their might in a fight of epic proportions in this book inspired by Moby Dick. Also available as an ebook.
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Forbidden from forming relationships with humans lest her secret -- and that of her people -- be revealed, Kahlen has always strictly adhered to the rule. But when she meets the human Akinli, breaking the rule has never been more tempting. Now, Kahlen must decide whether a chance with Akinli is more valuable to her than the future she’s worked so hard for. Also available as an ebook and an eaudiobook.
Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi
Years after seeing a ghost in the aquarium, Ruka can’t help but feel drawn to the aquarium and two boys, raised by manatees, she met there. Soon, Ruka and the boys are working on the mystery of the disappearance of the fish and other life in the sea. (This title is the first in a manga series of the same name.)
The Beholder by Anna Bright
Selah, the daughter of the leader of Potomac, has finally met the time when she’ll be entered into an advantageous partnership for the future of her people. Now, she’s off across the Atlantic to find just a person -- or else she’d better not return. Meanwhile, something is lurking below deck. Also available as an ebook.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
When the legendary siren princess Lira ends up killing her own kind, her mother, the queen, punishes her by transforming her into a human. Now, Lira is not only the embodiment of the thing she hates most, but also must deliver the heart of Prince Elian to the Sea Queen or else she’ll live as a human for the rest of her days. All the while, Prince Elian is a siren hunter determined to eliminate them once and for all -- and the mysterious young woman who washed up on the shore just might have the key to it all. Also available as an ebook.
The Raft by S. A. Bodeen
With plenty of experience with travel, Robie can hardly imagine the difficulties that await her on her next flight. Although she’s flown safely many times, this flight ends in disaster, leaving Robie to survive with only the plane’s copilot on a small raft in the middle of the ocean. Whether she and Max survive is up to their one bag of Skittles, an island, the raft, and their own willingness to live.