REVIEW: THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

 

SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

 

PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 01st June 2015

 

PAGES: 416

 

 

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BLURB:

 

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…

 

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REVIEW: 

 

With poetic prose and beautiful imagery this is a summer book not to be missed. The character development and progress of the storyline in this small town beach-side community was beautiful.

The horrible accident that almost took Elyse’s life left her without a voice, now she cannot do the one thing she loves… sing. She is a diverse character and was born in the West Indies. Elyse has accepted what has happened to her without the opportunity to grieve for what she has lost. Her friends treat her like she is delicate.

Through this book and her relationship with Christian Elyse opens up and is able to come to terms with what has happened. Her development is truly stunning. Elyse is the narrator of this book and it was truly unique to see through the eyes of a person who cannot use their voice to communicate. Elyse communicates through looks, miming, writing and poetry and it was a unique treat to read from this point-of-view.

I feel the sea is as much a character as anyone in this book. Elyse once loved it but she now views it and the source of her misfortune and views it with a fear. Often times the sea is referred to using personification. The trial of Elyse participating in a regatta with Christian is the ultimate test of her trust in the sea.

Overall, while this is a summer-y book with mermaid parades, regattas and romance, there is also great character development and stunning prose which elevates this book. A summer book with depth.

 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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