Chasing Xaris by Samantha Bennett


Chandler Bloom starts her day like every other—on her surfboard and away from her smothering grandparents. It’s the only way she’s been able to cope since the hit-and-run that killed her parents two years ago. But when a shark nearly turns Chandler into breakfast, a loner surfer named Ari saves her life. Which is great, except that he also triggers new questions about her parents’ deaths. Before Chandler can ask him more, Ari disappears.

Desperate for answers, Chandler decides to track down Ari with the help of her best friend Jordan, a surfer guy who’s totally in love with her. The search leads to Ari's home—a hidden island that can only be found with a form of light called xaris. But Chandler isn’t the only one searching for the island or the unearthly elements found there. Her parents died protecting it, and if Chandler doesn’t come to grips with what she’s really chasing, she could be next. (YA inspirational urban fantasy)

A little mystery, kind of sci-fi, with a dash of young love. I enjoyed Chandler Bloom's search for the truth about her parents' death and the hunt to prove that shark slayers weren't just a myth. She was strong, inquisitive, brave, and impulsive - a mixture that got her into trouble at times. I enjoyed the book and recommend it.

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.