Thursday, June 4, 2015

ARC Review: The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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23309653The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids
by Sarah Ockler
Release date: June 2, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary/Retelling
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Description -
From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.
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 . . .
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:


This book. This book. Can I just spend this whole review gushing about the prose and how in love with the writing I am???

Elyse d’Abreau  is both in love with and terrified of, the sea. Born in the sea when her mother gave birth on a boat during a storm, having her twin sister on board before falling into the water with Elyse, she's always been connected to the sea. Then the accident happened and in March, after spending her whole life singing and dancing with her twin sister Natalie, just as all their dreams were about to come true, Elyse almost died. And the accident damaged her vocal cords so that she can't even speak, let alone sing anymore. Elyse spent her whole life in Tobago but has gone to the states to live with her aunt Lemon and cousin Kirby, unable to stand another minute with her family and crushed dreams. 

I'm going to try and avoid non-stop gushing and come up with a very well thought out and helpful review. Here we go. 

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The writing. I haven't read such amazing writing since I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I know some people don't like that kind of descriptive writing with so many pretty words that almost everything reads like poetry but I am a sucker for this, and Sarah Ockler does some amazing writing! I was highlighting things left and right even though it was an ARC and I just want more. It's the kind of writing that even if I'd hated all the characters and found the plot to be atrocious I still would've read the book, because it was just that good.

- Characters. I had ups and downs with Elyse, I loved her at first and there was so much character growth which I love but... Honestly, in some parts it was like the more I knew about her the less I liked her. That's not to say I disliked her, I really did like her, she was a very strong and unique character with great voice. I can't even pinpoint what it was I disliked but towards the end I just didn't love her quite as much as I did at first. Bit it's not just Elyse, all of the side characters were so well written. Especially Christain who had just as much development and growth as Elyse.

- Swoon. I was initially hesitant about the main romance in this book. The "bad boy player who stops playing to win the main character over" trope is slightly overdone and annoying, but I couldn't not fall for the relationship in this book. Christian is such a well written, fully developed character and I loved him. I also loved Elyse who never once forgot that Christian was a player and who never got overly jealous about it either, she didn't try to force him to change. And they make an easy to ship couple.

- Sebastian. Sebastian is Christian's younger brother and he is obsessed with mermaids, going so far as to believe, whole heartedly, that Elyse is one. He was so adorable and I loved him. Also, props to the author for creating a six-year-old boy who wanted to dress up as a mermaid, seeing nothing wrong with it even when his father disapproved. I loved that Christain always stuck up for Sebastion, doing his best to make sure his little brother got to be and do whatever his little heart desired. 

- Relationships. There are so many good relationships in this book. You have Christian and Elyse, Christian and his little brother, Elyse and Christian's little brother. Not to mention Elyse and her family that she's trying to run from even while admitting that they're the best. Then you have Elyse's Aunt Lemon and cousin Kirby who Elyse loves and appreciates but doesn't know how to show. Basically, lots of very strong relationships.

- The Little Mermaid. Something you may not know about me is that I'm obsessed with The Little Mermaid and have been ever sense I was little. I literally saw Little Mermaid on ice! This book is kind of a little mermaid retelling and I loved it SO much. All the mermaid things and the little hints about Little Mermaid and, basically, I was in love from the moment I learned that's what this was. 

The only thing I didn't love - besides my few issue with the main character - was that it felt a little bit like the ending dragged on and on. Maybe it was because I finished this at four in the morning and I was tired, but the ending seemed a little never ending.

Overall: I loved this book. The plot, characters, and everything else was amazing and that's not even counting the writing.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To whom? Fans of YA Contemporary with lovely descriptive and flowing writing.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes! I need more of this amazing writing in my life.

P.s. special shout out to Jillian! If I hadn't seen her review of this book I never would've read it! 


  1. Yes the writing! I love the writing :D I was so hooked to it that I started to doubt my writing skills while I was reading the book. :P I liked the idea, and the beach setting. And this book really had it for the swoon! The relationships were what I liked as well. Glad you loved this book, Shay! It was such a refreshing read :)

    1. You and me both with the doubting writing skills thing! It's the only reason I hate reading beautifully written books! And so swoony! It is a refreshing read, you're right. =) And thank you for brining this one to my attention!

  2. I'm dying to read this, as it's on my wish list. So glad that you loved it, because the last few reviews I read were not positive or they just DNF'd it. Can't wait to read this!

    1. Oh my jeez, people DNF'd this!? Why? The writing alone is enough to make me want to never ever ever put it down! I hope you pick it up soon because I think it's really an amazing book. =)

  3. Well, now I have another book I must read. This is rough, I think I want ALL the books. I mean, I totally blew it off at first because the cover was kind of cheesy but... that should teach me not to judge a book by its cover ;) Glad you loved this, off to add it to my wishlist! Great review :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  4. The more reviews that I've seen for this one, the more convinced I am that I HAVE to read it! It just pretty much sounds adorable. I'm glad that I know ahead of time that it uses the "bad boy who gives up his old ways for a girl" trope because I sometimes get frustrated with that one too now - but it sounds like this one does it really well!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. SERIOUSLY. So many people have been raving about it, and THE CHARACTERS DO SOUND SO SWOON WORTHY. And the little Mermaid <3 <3