I am really enjoying this book and the series as a whole, but OMG. How many nautical metaphors do you really need to cram into one paragraph?
. . . [tears] flooded in, too fast to bail.
. . . I shuddered like the ship in a storm.
. . . sobs struggled up through my chest like bubbles from a rift in the floor of the sea.
. . . I clung to her as though she were a raft.
. . . fragmented thoughts popped up like flotsam from a wreck.
And as a bonus, because in reading the three short non-nautical-themed sentences that close out the paragraph you might have forgotten the MC was raised on a sailing vessel, the first sentence of the next paragraph starts thusly:
Finally, the tide of my own tears ebbed
I don't know, people. I think Heilig could've crammed more in there. I mean, there were three whole sentences in the paragraph with no nautical metaphors. Maybe something about barnacles or lampreys or ocean currents or sea turtles. What do you think?