Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” 

Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. 

As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end. 


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Seven Tears at High Tide won a 2016 Rainbow Award for Bisexual Fantasy & Romance was also named a finalist in the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in Young Adult and Speculative Fiction.

Featured in YA Interrobang, April 2017

“A charming and sweet twist on the selkie legend. Morgan, a half-human half-selkie and Kevin, an Asian American bisexual (and proud) human,  are wonderful characters.” – LGBT-YA Reviews

“Seven Tears at High Tide is a magical story with so much heart. Though heavier topics such as homophobia and hunters are addressed, most of the characters are sweet, accepting, and so heartwarming. Kevin and Morgan’s love story is a unique one, especially since they start out in such different places (selkie magic aside). Watching them learn to reconcile human and selkie love and forge a relationship that stands the test of time and tide is truly magical. Coupled with atmospheric details, the warm glow of first love (and all the firsts that go along with that), and the selkie mythology, Seven Tears is a richly realized, dreamy tale we adored.”
Fangirlish Reviews

“A romantic young adult tale full of beautiful imagery and a blossoming young love that will warm your heart. Debut author C.B. Lee deftly explores issues surrounding race, bisexuality and mixed family dynamics against the sweet summer setting of a Californian sea.”
MuggleNet Book Reviews

“Selkie stories have always fascinated me as they are rooted in Gaelic culture. I really enjoyed how Lee kept the roots of the stories and legends, while giving it her own unique and modern twist for this tale. There was an innocence and youthfulness to this book that was evident not only in the characters and the storyline, but in the writing itself. I found it endearing that Kevin and Morgan fumbled their way around each other as they got to know one another and grew closer. It was a learning experience for them both and, as the reader, Lee wrote the story in a way that I could travel the journey with Kevin and Morgan, see what they saw, feel their love and their pain. The story had so much depth and color, I was completely engrossed throughout.”
– MM Good Book Reviews