ARC REVIEW: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler + Giveaway!!
Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Simon Pulse
368pages (kindle edition)
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The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .
Welcome to my stop for the Summer of Chasing Mermaids tour. WARNING: The word ‘beautiful’ will be overly used. 🙂
This is my first from Sarah Ockler and don’t worry because I’m trying to fix this problem by purchasing her previous novels…… so you can stop with the potato throwing now.
The moment I saw the cover of this novel, I know I want it. It was love at first sight. And then I read the synopsis and if it’s possible, I just fell for the book even more. And then positive reviews started coming in that made me want to read the book even more. I think I was gonna combust from want.
And this, I found out, was not a good thing to do. I truly enjoyed reading Summer of Chasing Mermaids, but sadly I didn’t love it so much like I thought I would. I didn’t even swoon that much. But Ockler’s beautiful and poetic prose really kept me reading. I’m such a sucker for beautiful prose. I feel like Sarah Ockler is one of those authors that will write a grocery list and I’ll be interested in reading it. It was so amazing that way.
And I expected mermaids, so maybe that’s one of my mistakes too. Anyway, Elyse was such a deep and well written character. I love her heritage. I love that her heart and words are so beautiful and that everything in her POV reaches out to me and made me FEEL. From the first part of the novel, Elyse did nothing but feel sorry for herself because of the tragedy that happened to her. That’s why I admire how she slowly grew and emerged from the pity party that she created. This book is definitely character driven, it’s one of those books where you do and feel nothing but root for the main character.
The characters besides Elyse was all wonderful. They were engaging and fun to read. Each character had their own way in helping Elyse realize that some parts of her may be broken, but that doesn’t mean that dreaming again is not an option anymore. Christian may not be a big hit to me, but I couldn’t think of any guy that would be perfect for Elyse. They’re like two broken souls who found their missing pieces with each other (yes I know that’s cheesy and cliche) But what can I say, Sarah Ockler brings out that part of me.
The pacing was perfect. One of the many things that was so done well in here was the pacing. Whether its about Elyse’s character development or the romance… it was just right. And I like that. Because it made the book even more authentic and readable.
I’m absolutely a fan of Sarah Ockler now. Her words just slayed me and her lovely characters wiggled themselves into my heart. Summer of Chasing Mermaids is beautiful. The words. The theme. The cover. The whole reading experience. I definitely recommend it.
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, hits the shelves in June 2015.
Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Washington, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
Visit her website at sarahockler.com or find her on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.
Win (1) of (2) Sarah Ockler’s prize packs that include a hardcover copy of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and paperback copies of #Scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet (US Only)