Today, I'm lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for The Summer of Chasing Mermaids!
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Release Date: June 2, 2015
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 . . .
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids isn't your average contemporary, which is why I absolutely loved it! I'm a huge fan of music, so I loved that Elyse used to be able to sing. I also loved how this book involved so much about the ocean and the water, especially the boat that Elyse was on in the beginning of the book. If I could live any closer to the sea, I definitely would.
The love interest, Christian, actually bothered me in the beginning. I think it's because he does come off as a playboy, like the description of the book says. However, the more I got to know him the more I grew to like him as a person. I also was a huge fan of his little brother, because he was so adorable! I found it so awesome that he was obsessed with mermaids too, because that was basically me when I was younger. He was just so sweet and charming!
This was my first book that I've read that was written by Sarah Ockler, and now I finally know why everyone can't stop recommending her lovely novels. Her writing style was brilliant! I absolutely loved it and I couldn't put the book down because of it. I definitely felt all of the emotions because of the way that Ockler brilliantly depicted each and every scene in the book, as well as the characters. I'll be sure to pick up more of Ockler's books in the future because of that!
I honestly think that this would be the perfect book to bring on vacation or even to the pool side for a day! I haven't always been the biggest fan of contemporary novels, but this is definitely one that I'd recommend!
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, The Book of Broken Hearts, #scandal, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books. Her short work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Teen Me and Defy the Dark.
She’s a champion cupcake eater, tea drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in the Pacific northwest, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and at sarahockler.com.