Thursday, April 5, 2018

Water Memory, by Valerie Vernay & Mathieu Reynes

When young Marion and her mother move into the old cottage by the sea (complete with a private beach!), Marion can't wait to explore. But there's more to her new home than meets the eye. There are these sinister carvings all over town and a creepy lighthouse keeper who seems to already have an instant vendetta against Marion. Research leads Marion to a local legend of a cursed family and a terrifying sea monster who demands a sacrifice every generation. And if that doesn't happen, well...the alternative is too terrible to talk about. With the time of sacrifice fast approaching, Marion knows something must be done to stop the creature's vengeance once and for all. But will she find the solution in time?

Valerie Vernay and Mathieu Reynes' graphic novel Water Memory is really the best sort of adventure story. Marion is my favorite sort of hero: Curious, brave, loyal, and willing to do anything to get to the bottom of the mystery at hand. Much like Hermione Granger from Harry Potter or Mikey from The Goonies. I loved the seaside setting, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only drawback was it wasn't long enough. 

Definitely recommended! --AJB

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