ARC Review: Learning to Swim (Hearts Out of Water #1) by Annie Cosby

19167813Title: Learning to Swim (Hearts Out of Water #1)
Author: Annie Cosby
Published: March 1st 2014
Date Read: March 2nd 2014
Rating:2 stars

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.



Learning to Swim is a story full of folklores, riddles and hidden meanings.
Actually, it was so far on how I was expecting this book would come out. Instead of having a summery feel into it the majority of the book was filled with mysteries and eerie stuffs. I actually had a hard time getting into the story of Learning To Swim and it actually took me three days to finish this one. It started as a typical Young Adult Story where the heroine will be spending the summer on the coast with her parents then the weird parts starts to roll in.

Cora has a very distinctive voice to the story and she’s okay. Rory/Ronan was also okay. The story has a complex layer of back story about Irish folklores, sea tragedies and old memories courtesy of Mrs. O’ Leary.

It was an okay read for me but it didn’t really capture my interest. I got lost with all the mysteries and folklores and just find it a bit dragging for me.

*ARC kindly provided by author thru Netgalley.*

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