By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A gothic mystery with a touch of romance and plenty of adventure, Marina provided a good mix that made for a perfect read. The abandoned and forgotten mansions, graveyards and theaters made for a perfect setting, where a mystery is just waiting to be solved. Zafon's writing style adds to the overall mysterious but romantic feeling, a rich, descriptive prose that gave me just enough to get lost in the words and the world that Marina and Oscar had discovered. The friendship and budding romance of Oscar and Marina, is done with a perfect touch, it is not overwhelming and the sense that there is something more to their relationship grown throughout the book to give way to an absolutely heartbreaking ending. While written for teens and with teen characters, Marina reads much like an adult novel. This book definitely makes me want to read my other Zafon books that are sitting on the shelf.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.