Genre: YA, Paranormal, Contemporary
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
copy received from publisher
Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this. Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.
With my latest mermen addiction
I was eager to dig into this story. It sounded perfect, intense with a paranormal twist, exactly how I liked it! I was however very glad I read Jenny’s Review of Wrecked before I started reading it, because it made me shift my expectations.
Contemporary or Paranormal?
A little bit of both, but before I go deeper into this story I would like to clarify that this is not a classic paranormal story. In fact, the Paranormal aspect plays only a little role. This book is about much more, it’s about a horrible accident and how Miranda deals with the aftermath without falling apart. That was the main topic in my opinion and you should be aware to expect a very heavy intense story, full of grief, anger pettiness and in the middle a girl who suddenly looses everything although none of this was her fault. It is very emotional ride and very heartbreaking – so take some tissues…
How to find a way to life…
When Miranda and her friends find themselves in this storm, hell breaks loose for Miranda. Many of her friends die in this storm, the ones that survive blame her although it’s not her fault. She withdraws from everyone devastated with the loss of her Boyfriend and there is non one to support her. But, there is this mysterious boy she dreams about and she thinks that he was the one to save her. The thought of him keeps her up and when she meets him at the beach, he’s to become her savior….
Seeing all those people treating Miranda like she’s a killer was horrible! It left me speechless and it was terrible to see how people treated her. Yet, Miranda tries and struggles to keep upright. There is certainly some inner strength she’s not even aware of herself. It was easy to brake down under what Miranda had to deal with. I was expecting to see the kids treat her like this, but it was even crueler to see how the grown-ups of this uptight town handled this situation, and it was even more horrific! A character that really stuck me was her Grandma – all she cared about was appearance and it was horrible to see with how little love Miranda was handled.Although, I might be a little harsh here, she did love Miranda, yet appearance was more important. Miranda needed someone to hold her and and shoulder to lean on…
They all just wanted to blame someone and Miranda was there, ready to be the victim. My heart broke for her many many times…
The Savior – A Mermen
The paranormal twist was a nice addition but not completely wooing me over. The same I have to say for Christian (and can we stop a second and wonder how a merman comes to such a common name?? That I found really odd… I mean Christian?!). I liked him, but I mainly loved him because he gave Miranda back hope and someone to trust. For this, I loved him! But, he is not a boy I’m ready to swoon over. At first, he was curious about her, and had no idea why he saved her – but then he realized he had to save her again and that he’d risk everything to do this…
The ending was surprisingly genuine and honest which isn’t something we see quite often in stories like this. I expected a happily ever after but what we got is even more real and after an initial irritation I was content that this was the right ending of this story..
This was a very intense and tragic. It’s a story of loss, grief and healing. The paranormal aspect is very small and just a tiny aspect. It was heartbreakingly sad, but the end felt genuine and real! If you are going to read this book, know that this I no happy mermaid tale and rather a very tragic story about loss and how to find the way back to live… and don’t forget some Kleenex…
Here is an excerpt for you to read
. And I’d love to say that the cover is incredibly gorgeous and fitting! The boy with the scales on his skin and I love the darkness of this cover, it first so perfectly to this book!
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Now, tell me do you love mermaid tales? And what was/is your expectation towards Wrecked according to the synopsis?