Mini-Review + Theme Song: Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good lord this book. I've been trying to review this since its release date but words fail me, like I've been failing to review for so long. So, I'll just post my mini-review or more like a blurb of this beautiful book. And what I think should be its theme song. Because I haven't been doing music posts recently. Yay to trying to conquer the slump!

Title: Inland
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date of Publication: June 12, 2014

The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to First to Read for the eARC I won! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

INLAND is utterly beautiful, with an absolutely stunning prose. It is the poignant tale of women powerless to the sea, ending up sucked into its hungry mouth, even as they helplessly claw to cling inland, trying to build roots that will never hold. Not when your love is as present, now and forever, and as powerful as the ocean. As Callie finds the sea insidious, one will find Rosenfield's words calling out to them, begging to be read without stopping. INLAND will sweep you away into the tide, swallow you up whole into its deep, murky depths, drown you in the eerily creepy atmosphere Rosenfield has masterfully weaved, and then let you float up changed. It is reminiscent of Elizabeth Fama's MONSTROUS BEAUTY, all at once both chillingly dark and poetically sublime. I highly recommend INLAND to fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi.

Theme Song

I know, I've had this pesky rule of not reusing songs in my posts. I've previously used this song for my playlist of Savor by Kate Evangelista and I included it in there, albeit begrudgingly (as I've been wanting to use it for an actual mermaid book), because it is such a great mood setter. But this song, this song deserves to be an exception to my so-called rule. I love this obscure song (and when I say obscure, it is obscure) and I think it's perfect for INLAND. The lyrics? Oh YES. The haunting voice? HECK YEAH. Go take a listen to... TIDAL CRUSHER by CAVALIER ROSE!

We're underwater, Sheriff
Please excuse us, we got salt for eyes
You can shoot us from your watch tower

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Our heart-strings taut with fishing twine
And a big balloon for ear drums

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

Come on you tidal crusher
My monsoon heart's got business here
Who are you to split asunder

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Invertebrate my pioneer
We will ne'er get out from under

Wanna breathe?
Want some slow release?
You can call on me
But you ain't never going home

And all your marigold and flotsam
Fill my diving bell in the stratosphere
Floating way away forever
got to split to sink you

Bigger brother with your field below
Field below field below

Tell me tell me tell me
nice and slow
here we go
Tell me where it hurts

Here for ever in my liquid lair
Lost forever what the fuck I care
Nothing's fair
Just digging in the dirt
In the dirt

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

About Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, graduated from New Jersey's Drew University, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, was published by Dutton in July 2012. Her second novel, INLAND, will be published in Spring/Summer 2014.

When not writing fiction, she can be found contributing entertainment news and commentary to MTV's Hollywood Crush blog and lecturing on proper flirting techniques on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife.

The name of her hometown is not pronounced the way you think it is.


  1. This looks amazing - There have been a few books that I struggled to review because no words expressed what I felt and these are the ones that I really treasure. Love that feeling :) I am adding Inland to my TBR list right now :)

    1. You definitely should add it to your TBR, Sue! INLAND was just sooooo <33333

  2. This sounds so awesome, and I am gaga over the cover. It is gorgeous. Your review was great, an definitely made me want to hurry up and get my hands on this one. So thank you!

    1. I hope you do get to read it soon and that you'll love it. I think the book needs more love!

  3. Looks good! I want to read it!!!!!! Thanks for this amazing post! :)


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