by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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 . . .
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I'll admit that once again, I have misjudged a book prior to reading it and been completely surprised by the outcome. This book is about so much more than it eludes to. I would recommend this book to everyone!
I'm not one for sad premises. I thought this book would be incredibly depressing with the main character being upset and angry over her new disability. Elyse is the complete opposite though. She is a wonderful and ambitious main character who sees the world differently after her accident. She's thoughtful, and I love her inner thoughts and dialogue. Also Elyse is a person of color!! Yay for diversity :D
Ockler's writing is fantastic. My whole eARC is highlighted basically. The writing is so lyrical and has such profound ideas and gorgeous sentences. This book isn't merely a fluffy romance contemporary, it's a story of life and self-growth. It is magnificent. It shows that books have the ability to worm its way into our hearts and minds and make us think differently. This book has that power and impact.
Christian is a great love interest although nothing really stood out to me about him. He was simply great, nothing astonishing but still great. The romance in this book was adorable and well-paced. I loved every minute of it and was truly impressed by the development.
This book also touches on feminism and sex. I really appreciate how this book doesn't shy away from anything!
I enjoy this book immensely, and it's a fun yet profound read all at once.
"When one dream burns to ash, you don't crumble beneath it. You get on your hands and knees, and you sift through those ashes until you find the very last ember, the very last spark. Then you breathe. You breathe. You fucking breathe. And you make a new fire."
“Love didn't save me; it changed me. Changed me into someone who could save myself.”
“It was one thing to have your own kind of hope, an ember you could nurture inside, something to inspire you when things got dark. If it died, it was on you; no one else even had to know about it, and you were free to reignite it, or to give up and walk away. But when you were carrying it with another person, for another person, it was a dangerous dream. Treacherous as the sea, yet fragile as a bubble.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.