Wrecked

Wrecked
By Anna Davies
Published by Simon and Schuster
Published on May 1, 2012
Source:  ARC from Publisher







Summary taken from Goodreads:

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


I initially found this book on a WOW post from another blogger.  This book looked awesome.  Based on the cover, this book looked like it was going to be a passionate romance that had to do with some sort of supernatural theme.  I finally got the ARC to read, and was surprised to see that the male in the picture had scales- I was excited, I LOVE mermaid books! 

The book started out well- man the drama and angst were palpable!  After the boating accident (that Miranda was the driver of) the entire town rejects her- blaming her for the accident, though it was an accident.  Noone- not even her teachers or guidance counselor shows any kindness to her.  Miranda spirals into a deep depression, even considers suicide for a brief moment.  She finds solace in a mysterious stranger on a local beach, who she falls in love with.

This book had a lot of potential, and the first half of the book was fantastic.  The second half, though, fell flat.  The "exciting action scenes" felt rushed and not fully explored.  I left the book with many many unanswered questions. Did the sea witch cause everyone to hate Miranda?  What was with Eleanor's sudden revelation?  What happened to Christian?  

The book wasn't as great as I hoped it would be, but I will be watching this author- I saw a lot of good things in this book, and I hope the next book improves on what happened in this one.  (Not meaning this is a series, meaning the next book this author writes.)


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