{Book Review} BEYOND THE RISING TIDE by Sarah Beard

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{Book Review} BEYOND THE RISING TIDE by Sarah BeardBeyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard
(Website, Twitter, Facebook)on June 14th 2016
Format: Paperback
Amazon three-half-stars
Kai was seventeen when he died saving Avery's life, though he didn't have much to live for. After spending half his life being shipped around to different families, the only place he felt at home was on a street corner with his guitar. Now, it's been six months since his death. Six months adapting to a new kind of existence where instead of making music, he uses his new healing powers to save lives. But in his off hours, he watches helplessly as Avery's life is unraveled by his death.
Avery doesn't know that it was Kai who saved her life in the ocean, because her rescuer's body was never found. Wracked with guilt, the ocean she once loved is now her tormentor. As her surfboards collect dust in the garage, the weight of her grief destroys her relationships and stretches her to a breaking point.
Always willing to break rules for those he loves, Kai steals a ring that temporarily gives his body substance. With limited time, he does all he can to restore her life to the way it was before his tragic death, but Kai's half-baked plans rarely turn out the way he thinks they will. Beyond the Rising Tide is a beautiful love story that explores life, death, and the gray places in between.

I’m not a beach person. It’s weird considering that I love beach romances. I think it’s the idea of a beach. Or more like the idea of a beach other than Dirty Myrtle. I mean…Myrtle Beach (there’s a reason it has that nickname, non-South Carolinians). In Beyond the Rising Tide, I escaped to the West Coast and to a small town in California that hasn’t donned quite such a glowing reputation.

Avery Ambrose’s near-drowning last winter haunted her, as did the boy that tried to save her—literally. She didn’t know that Kai Turner had watched out for her after death, had seen all the tears that she had shed for him. I met the broken and not-yet healed Avery. Whenever her ex-boyfriend referenced the girl that he had supposedly fallen in love with, I didn’t see it. I wish that the girl from her past had seemed more realistic, but I liked the Avery that I did meet. Her sadness didn’t weigh down the story, but added to it.

Kai Turner died doing the most selfless thing he had ever done. Avery kept him from accepting his afterlife. She made him want to live, and even though he was a ghost, he had the most life of any of these characters. He relished in the feel of the wind on his skin, stood in the rain with a smile on his face, and didn’t let a moment with Avery go wasted. I liked his spirit and wanted him to have his happily ever after. There were some slow bits, but Kai kept me reading.

Like I said, there were some slow bits. The romance was light and super sweet; however, I wished that the middle of the second half had been shorter. It wasn’t my favorite beach read, but I did enjoy it. It had a small Californian beach town and two souls looking for hope and each other. If you’re looking for something lighter on the mind, check Beyond the Rising Tide out.

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About Sarah Beard

Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels PORCELAIN KEYS and BEYOND THE RISING TIDE. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing from VCFA. When she’s not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a breast cancer survivor, a baker of sweets, a seeker of good love stories, a composer of melancholy music, and a traveler who wishes her travel budget was much bigger. She lives with her husband and children in the shadow of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

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