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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
“Whym Island: some things have to be seen to be believed”
17-year-old Miranda is looking forward to chilling out with her friends over the summer before they go their separate ways to college, when disaster strikes.
Driving her boat home with her friends on board, (they live on a small island) a storm sets in suddenly, and her boat gets hit by lightning. Thrown overboard by her boyfriend in an effort to save her, Miranda is drowning when she is saved by the mysterious Christian. Unfortunately though her friends aren’t as lucky, and with three friends dead, herself and two others injured and her boyfriend in a coma, the small island community where Miranda lives turns on her.
Struggling just to get herself out of bed in the morning, Miranda is trying and failing to come to terms with what has happened, until she once again meets Christian.
Christian is a ‘Betwixtman’ – kind of like a merman, but he has legs. Christian just couldn’t let Miranda drown when he saw the accident, and now Sephie – the witch of the sea is angry. Christian has deprived her of Miranda’s soul, and she wants it. If Christian doesn’t kill Miranda and bring Sephie her soul within 7 days, then Sephie will take his soul instead. But can Christian really kill Miranda though? Especially when he finds himself falling in love with her.
This is my first mermaid-type book, and I really enjoyed it! It kind-of reminded me a little of ‘the little mermaid’ (the Disney version), with Christian being given a time frame to retrieve what the evil sea-witch wanted. I really liked this storyline though, and it was believable and interesting.
I felt so sorry for poor Miranda. She had had such an awful experience. Not only had three of her friends died, two more been injured, and her boyfriend was brain-dead and in a coma, but she had also been the one driving. Even though the accident wasn’t her fault, the entire school and island treated her like a murderer. She was treated like a total outcast, repeatedly told not to bother people or even look at people, and it was made clear on a daily basis that she wasn’t wanted at her school. This really pushed Miranda to her limits, and her grief, depression, and feeling of helplessness was clearly evident.
Christian felt an instant attraction to Miranda, which didn’t fade with time. Why he ever agreed to a deal with Sephie I don’t know because it was obvious to me that he would never be able to kill Miranda when he previously had been unable to stand back and watch her drown. He did his best to help Miranda rather than anything, and ultimately lost in his dealings with the sea witch.
As much as I liked this book ,I did have a couple of niggles with the story, for a start the blurb began with ‘Secrets of the sea have never been sexier than this’ but in truth there was actually very little romance at all, with the characters only really kissing twice. I also found it quite strange that Miranda claimed she ‘only felt safe whilst swimming’ when she had nearly drowned, and three of her friends actually had drowned!
(view spoiler)[ I also thought that in the showdown, Sephie was a little too easy to off – she’s the queen of the sea, and she’s defeated with nothing more than a match? And I’m sorry, but how the hell do you light a room on fire in a boat that is supposedly ‘slowly filling up with water’?
I also disliked that there was ultimately no ‘happily ever after’ at the end of this story. I’m just still thinking about how the two of them couldn’t be together!
Ultimately though I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes young adult paranormal romance. I read this book in one sitting and wanted more!
9 out of 10.
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