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By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Gothic tale set in Barcelona raises goosebumps.

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MARINA is a novel that indulges in big themes and sweeping gestures. Its plot is fairly implausible, but author Carlos Ruiz Zafon gets away with its preposterousness through sheer conviction and manipulative emotion. Fans of gothic literature will appreciate its themes of madness, doomed love, and scientific experiments gone awry, and the final chapters are likely to bring a tear to the eye.

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