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Review: ‘Wrecked’ by Anna Davies

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Wrecked’ by Anna DaviesWrecked Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 1st, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Mermaids, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
two-stars
Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this.

Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it's just easier to believe things are out of your control.
But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He wont tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway and discovers that Christian has secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.

Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.

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review

Miranda is just one of the survivors in a boating accident that left her best friend dead, and her boyfriend in a coma. What I couldn’t understand was why these people were so cruel to her! I mean sure she was driving but she wasn’t even intoxicated or high, and there were other survivors as well. Why didn’t the people blame them to help the other survivors? These people are cruel! No one would give her sympathy except Christian. No wonder she started to like him. The poor girl has been traumatized. Her parents gone, her best friend and her boyfriend. I felt such pity for her and all I could do was feel low when they treated her like that. It felt like a puppy being kicked :(..Now on to their relationship..What I don’t understand is how these two fell in love! All of a sudden she wants to kiss Christian! And he’s a total stranger! Talk about teenage lust! I tend to roll my eyes when the main character talks about how hot the guy is and tune it out.

The context doesn’t read like a story, it reads almost like a piece in a newspaper. I couldn’t wrap my head around this. Sure there were two different viewpoints in this story and I liked that, but I couldn’t really tell the difference between the two. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style, so I’m guessing this is why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted. I did want to see more of the fantasy and paranormal elements that revolved around mermen, and their history. All we’re privy to is the basics which fell flat. I also felt the ending felt too rushed and should have been written with more detail.

I’m curious enough to read the next installment to find out what happens.


quotes

If you never get close, you can never get hurt. (124)

rating

2/5

two-stars

4 Comments

  1. Alyssa Susanna

    June 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I read this one, but I wasn’t a fan of the romance, or the ending. It was two of the worst things the author could have done – instalove and a split. UGH. Great review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Jamie (Jay)

    May 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I like the concept of the story. However, like you, I am not much for the insta-love idea. The first few sentences had me wanting to read it, but I am not thrilled of reading something akin to a newspaper…I will have to think on this on.

  3. Jaime Lester

    April 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    The bottom half of that cover is cool! I have always had trouble with anything mermaid/mermen/syren related in books. I have tried several times, and I have yet to find one that I thoroughly enjoyed. So I tend to stay away from them. I can’t really tell from your review if this is one that I should even bother trying with. I am thinking probably not. 🙁 Thanks for your review though!

  4. Grace Lo

    October 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Ahh, always, the cringe-worthy insta-love. I personally couldn’t stand the storyline and dialogue so didn’t really want to finish it. (It was about to be due at the library anyways :P) One other issue I had with the book was the first line of the synopsis. It didn’t felt like it fit the atmosphere. Nevertheless, I’m glad that you found it to be enjoyable c:

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