Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Review: Wrecked by Anna Davies

Title: Wrecked
Author: Anna Davies
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ARC, 321 pages
Date Published: May 1, 2012
Source: Big Honcho Media/Publisher
Description (Taken from Big Honcho Media):
In the wake of a tragic boating accident that killed her friends, 16-year-old Miranda is consumed by guilt. She has no memory of how she managed to survive the crash, only the murky dreams of a strange boy in the dark water. Her only refuge is in the late-night swims she takes alone— until one night on the beach when she meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but keeps many secrets.

The more she fights it the faster love pulls her under. Soon she finds herself in over her head when the dangerous true nature of Christian’s secrets rise to the surface.

Wrecked is a seductive contemporary reimagination of The Little Mermaid, with a paranormal twist, from debut author Anna Davies.
Mermaids, mermaids, mermaids…they are everywhere, but I can’t complain. Anna Davies’ new tale with the tagline of ‘some things have to be believed to be seen’ isn’t quite as enchanting as most mermaid stories would seem to be, but that is what makes it stand out and work so well.

From the first page, we meet fun-loving, realistic Miranda. She’s a girl with a great life, despite losing her parents as a child. She lives on the idyllic island of Whym with a wealthy grandma and a great younger brother. She has great friends and a wonderful boyfriend, but small town superstitions run rampant, and when a tragic ‘accident’ causes the death of half of her group, Miranda is devastated.

This mermaid story never truly feels like it’s a mermaid story. Sure, there’s some alluring mermaid and betwitxmen (never heard of them before) lore, but it’s more about Miranda coping in the aftermath of great loss. I could be a little biased here, but I believe the greatest strength that Wrecked has, is that in light of all the fantastical elements, the story comes across as quite realistic; it seems more like a contemporary read than a fantasy read.

All in all, Wrecked has a lot of great things going for it. Miranda is a strong, even though she may see herself as weak; she’s easy to relate to, even though she’s experienced trauma that few ever will. The other, more minor characters are all presented in a very skewed, one dimensional way, but it still works out.

Miranda’s savior and the mermaid element in the story, Christian, doesn’t have quite the depth that is needed to really connect with him; and he brings in that insta-love aspect that so many YA books have, but I got over that easily. Because when he’s around Miranda, he changes her, helping her move past all the terrible things in her life, and I can get behind a guy (or betwixtmen) who can do that.

Wrecked was an easy, enjoyable read, with some new (at least to me) mermaid lore. It’s not the most inventive tale or something full of constant action, but the emotional punch it packed was surprisingly realistic and effective. Regardless of the fact that I really did enjoy it, I have to say that I hated the ended. It felt far too rushed and anticlimactic. Aside from that though, it’s a mermaid story that even fantasy haters will enjoy.

Opening line: In many ways, Whym Island is like any of the hundreds of tiny islands dotting the South Carolina coast. ~ pg. xi

Favorite lines/passages: And she’d never solve the mystery of how the hell the accident had happened. And really, it didn’t matter. Mermaids or not, it had happened, people had died, and now survivors were left to pick up the pieces. It was just one non-enchanting fairy tale. ~ pg. 297

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy

*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 

Curious, but not sure? Check out an excerpt from WRECKED


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The Book Babe said...

I don't really love mermaids, perse, but I like them because it's something that doesn't get done as often in YA books. Especially male mermaids. You just don't see a lot of them.

Lexie@BookBug said...

Mermaids are just a unique concept (and I have to admit, I still love The Little Mermaid!)
Thanks for the giveaway!
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

Vivien said...

I've been interested in this one for a few months. The premise sounds really intriguing!!

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

Mermaids are awesome, I have been fascinated with them ever since I saw the movie Splash. Thanks so much for the giveaway.


candice said...

I've loved mermaids ever since The Little Mermaid. It was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater as a child. But I haven't read about them in any YA. I would love to see all the mythology behind their story and how they adapt to life on land (or concepts of us turf-dwellers).

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

Tore said...

I loved the Little Mermaid. I think Mermaids are beautiful and they can live under water. I would love to read about them. Please enter me in contest.

Escape2Books said...

Not the biggest mermaid fan, but I love any paranormal romance! Just the cover makes me want to read it! Can't wait.

escape2books at gmail dot com

Jessy said...

I love mermaids because they get to be in the water all the time. I love being in the water, so I think it would be cool to be a mermaid

Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Froze8 said...

Hey I was just checking out your blog and saw that you lived in NH. I have moved to GA myself but I spent most of my life in NH *I'm even visiting here right now!*

Just thought that was cool. I don't see many bloggers from NH


latishajean said...

This sounds like a great book always loved the Little Mermaid an the world under the sea! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Alicia0605 said...

I have always loved mermaids since I was little and watched the Little Mermaid. I guess its the whole free in the ocean thing that makes me love them!


Patricia's Particularity said...

I love mermaids because they are beyond beautiful, they represent so many etheral things but at the same time are timeless. Growing up I was obsessed with Little Mermaid and wanted to Ariel - I would even sing with a fork in the shower!


momma8385 said...

Thank you for having this awesome giveaway.
The review pulled me right in and now I want to read this book. Sounds great.
:)Jeanne B.T.

Emily said...

I've been a huge mermaid fan ever since I saw The Little Mermaid when I was a kid. They're so intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win this one! emilyjoydrake at gmail dot com

ashley said...

Mermaids are just so different and beautiful plus shiny lol!

Candace Hawkins said...

I love mermaids because they can swim and I can't. I really wish I could, but it won't happen any time soon, lol :P

Thank you for hosting the giveaway: lovemibooks AT aol DOT com

Angie said...
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Angie said...

Let's see...

Well... Mermaids are known to lure sailors off shore and killing them... That's kind of interesting to write about. Novels such as Ripple or Lies Beneath are interesting reads.

ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

Krista said...

This book looks so awesome! I loved the Little Mermaid so I'm so excited for this retelling. Plus the cover is so pretty! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

kmritchie02 at gmail dot com

Holly said...

I grew up watching The Little Mermaid and still do to be honest. I guess that contributed to my love for mermaid stories, but living near the water could do that

Thanks for the chance to win!


Sita said...

I have loved mermaids for as long as I can remember. I think they are beautiful and fascinating, and I love that they are not really of one world, but stuck between two very different worlds.


Paige said...

Hmm I love mermaids because in all the movies they all seem so pretty!

~Paige @ Comfort Books

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