{ARC Review} The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Posted May 21, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

{ARC Review} The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids


by Sarah Ockler
Pages: 413
Published on June 2nd 2015
by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Sometimes, there are no words…

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 . . .

5 Stars

I knew this book would be great when I first stumbled upon it. It was not a coincidence, it was fate. The Little Mermaid has been my favorite animated movie for as long as I can remember and if you’re even a little fan of it or the original fairy tale (or both), you will adore this book. Because it’s amazing. It really is.

Elyse d’Abreau is the youngest of six sisters. Together with her twin Natalie, she was destined for stardom. Then one day it’s all taken away. A boating accident took all that from her. Now the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak. She goes to live with her aunt in Atargatis Cove, named for the mythical first mermaid. There she meets Christian, the only person who doesn’t treat her like a glass statue. He challenges her and admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian. So when Christian is in need for a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse stows away her fear and climbs aboard.

This is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid and also the Disney movie. I challenge you to count all the references in this book to both. Seriously. For a huge fan of both like me, this is candy land. I also had a wonderful conversation about it with the author herself on Twitter, which was awesome! She’s also a big fan of both and really knows her stuff because there are references some might not even catch if they aren’t that big of a fan. But I did because I am.

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Despite it being a retelling, it’s still very much an original story with a lot of heart to it. That includes a lot of feels, especially when it comes to Elyse’s back story. The writing is so beautiful, I could not stop reading. And I loved all these characters! They’re in my heart forever. Elyse because she’s so strong and inspiring, Christian because… well he’s hot. Vanessa, Kirby, Lemon,… All of them. But my favorite has to be Sebastian. He was so freaking adorable guys! I can’t even… Seriously, you’ll love him.

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Of course the romance is a big part of the story and it’s a great, fantastic, amazing romance. But it doesn’t take away from the other parts. The stuff that’s going on at the Cove, Elyse’s mental recovery from her trauma,… It’s all in here and it’s done brilliantly.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids should please all fans of contemporary, but if you’re a fan of The Little Mermaid, you might love it even more. I love you, Sarah. Thanks for writing this book! I loved it a lot!

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Bee

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