May 1, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 336 pages
A copy was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for review! Thank you!
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 won’t 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’s 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.
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.
“If you never get close, you can never get hurt.”–Selie (124)