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Mermaid Fantasy With a Realistic Twist
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 stan...
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.
posted by Nikkayme on June 18, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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posted by Anonymous on May 14, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2012
Disappointing. I really expected more from this book, what wit
I really expected more from this book, what with the description and the first few chapters I was really excited about it. No, I was ecstatic! I think prospect of what might happen, and how it would unfold lead me to set my expectations far too high. It is also the first time I read a book about mermaids and what-not, but I’m always open to new genres so I believe that wasn’t the problem.
This is also the very first time I write a ‘bad’ review, and I’m sad about it, but there are things we just can’t avoid. English is not my first language –and I think I’ve mentioned this before on another review –so I’m not one to speak of flaws or mistakes, or whatever-you-want-to-call-them. I am not one to notice them either, because when a story is good I don’t even pay attention to such details, but with Wrecked it was impossible not to notice them.
What confused me the most about Wrecked was that it didn’t seem to have a steady pace. Sometimes I felt it was dragging and I wanted it to move forward already; and there were parts that went by too fast and I was left wondering if I had missed something. It also might have been because of the way it was narrated, in third person. I found myself having to re-read parts because I didn’t know who was talking.
What saved me from giving up on this book altogether was Christian. I liked him. I didn’t love him, but I liked him. He was… strong willed, and sweet, yet sometimes not too believable. Miranda was overall irritating. She frustrated me to no end. I wanted to scream at her to not just settle so easily, to have some voice over her jerk of a grandmother, and all through the book she did it once. Once and it lacked the determination required when one is trying to win in an argument. Her classmates and all school staff are simply infuriating. The way they treated her and all things regarding the accident made me angry. I won’t even waste time mentioning much about Eleanor –Miranda’s grandmother –because really I hated her, she was cold and not grandmother-like whatsoever. The only time she expressed some sort of emotion I had a hard time believing her, one because it was abrupt and out-of-the-blue and two, because I already hated her too much.
There was a tentative romance story there, but it lacked chemistry. I didn’t feel anything, not even when they kissed. And I have to say that their kiss was one of those things that happened way too fast. One moment they were talking and then they were kissing, and then it was over. I wish the author had given a little bit more time to developing their relationship than explaining unimportant things.
My actual rating of Wrecked is 2.5 stars and I would have rounded it up, had not the end destroyed my every hope. It wasn’t want I expected. And while there are good and bad ‘not what I expected’, this certainly wasn’t good. I was overall disappointed. After all they went through I wanted more to their relationship, not just a ‘let’s see what happens in the future.’
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Posted June 12, 2014
HAvent bought it yet. Cab i have some help?
It seems like a good book but....$10? Seriously? It must b a good book if ts this much $ but idk.....can i hav some help? Tank u! From reader891Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2012
I picked up this book when i was browsing, and i was excited to
I picked up this book when i was browsing, and i was excited to read this after reading the back. But when i got around to reading it, it was very much like any romance novel for teens. It was disappointing and the pace of the book was scattered. I expected more out of this book then what it gave.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2012
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Posted January 9, 2014
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