Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”
Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.
As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
- 3 To Be Read lists
Publisher: Interlude Press
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual
Protagonist 1 Age: Under 18
Protagonist 2 Age: Under 18
Tropes: Interracial Relationship
Word Count: 80000
Languages Available: English
It's a quick, immediate decision. Kevin rushes over. Wet sand sinks beneath his toes as he races across the beach and into the surf. The person is only waist deep, flailing, but Kevin doesn’t judge; it can be pretty easy to be knocked off your feet.
Kevin grasps a hand and pulls him out—a teenager with messy brown hair and a face still round with baby fat. He sits up unsteadily. He’s holding something in his other hand, something dark that looks like a wetsuit all folded up. That’s weird. Did he want out of the suit mid-swim?
Kevin’s heart races, but the boy doesn’t seem to be injured. In fact, he only seems mildly surprised and looks down at his arms and feet as though he doesn’t know what to do with them. He looks up at Kevin and grins, and Kevin is struck by how sunny and bright his smile is and forgets to move.
Still holding the boy's hand, he lets the next wave roll in.
Water surges around Kevin’s body, but he doesn't notice. The boy's sandy brown hair is plastered to his face, and he pushes his hands clumsily at the wet fringe until it's out of his eyes. The morning sun reflects warmly in his brown eyes, on his wet hair playfully tousled by the surf, and the. The next wave pushing past them doesn't seem to faze him at all.
There's a sense of wonder in his eyes, a bright curious joy that radiates outward.
All right, all right. Kevin realizes he's been staring. He lets go of the soft hand, noticing how cold the other boy’s skin is.
“Hey, are you okay?” Kevin asks.
The boy nods his head. Water drips from his dark hair, down his face and the hollow of his throat and pools at his bare collarbones. Dimples form in his plump rosy cheeks when he smiles at Kevin, and there's a smattering of light freckles across his nose. He doesn't speak, just looks warmly at Kevin. Shining droplets clinging to his eyelashes catch the morning sunlight, and Kevin has to catch his breath.
Charlie on MuggleNet wrote:
A charming and sweet twist on the selkie legend. Morgan, a half-human half-selkie and Kevin, an Asian American bisexual (and proud) human, are wonderful characters
Tam on MM Good Book Reviews wrote:
A romantic young adult tale full of beautiful imagery and a blossoming young love that will warm your heart. Debut author C.B. Lee deftly explores issues surrounding race, bisexuality and mixed family dynamics against the sweet summer setting of a Californian sea.
Chloe on Fangirlish wrote:
Selkie stories have always fascinated me as they are rooted in Gaelic culture. I really enjoyed how Lee kept the roots of the stories and legends, while giving it her own unique and modern twist for this tale. There was an innocence and youthfulness to this book that was evident not only in the characters and the storyline, but in the writing itself. I found it endearing that Kevin and Morgan fumbled their way around each other as they got to know one another and grew closer. It was a learning experience for them both and, as the reader, Lee wrote the story in a way that I could travel the journey with Kevin and Morgan, see what they saw, feel their love and their pain. The story had so much depth and color, I was completely engrossed throughout.
Seven Tears at High Tide is a magical story with so much heart. Though heavier topics such as homophobia and hunters are addressed, most of the characters are sweet, accepting, and so heartwarming. Kevin and Morgan’s love story is a unique one, especially since they start out in such different places (selkie magic aside). Watching them learn to reconcile human and selkie love and forge a relationship that stands the test of time and tide is truly magical. Coupled with atmospheric details, the warm glow of first love (and all the firsts that go along with that), and the selkie mythology, Seven Tears is a richly realized, dreamy tale we adored.