Published by Simon and Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Mermaids, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 . . .
In this retelling of The Little Mermaid, Sarah Ockler spins on old story into something fresh and romantic.
Elyse and her twin sister, Natalie, have the start of a wonderful music career on their home island of Tobago. In a freak accident, Elyse has lost her voice and the meaning of her life. An old family friend offers her a chance to regain her footing in a small town on the Oregon coast. Lemon and her daughter Kirby offer her a chance to become normal again. The town might be just whats she needs to find her true voice again.
Then Christian returns home from college and offers her a job restoring an old boat which turns out to be more than just a sailing vessel. His father has pitted the town against each other and his son in a bid to sell the family holdings to a developer. Of course, Elyse finds Christian very attractive and the two communicate in ways Elyse never imagined possible. Overall, this is a story of finding out what life is really about when you think you have lost your dreams. Parents: this one is best for older teens, and moms, you will probably find this a wonderful beach read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, hits the shelves in June 2015.
Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in Washington, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.
Details: Win (1) of (2) Sarah Ockler’s prize packs that include a hardcover copy of The Summer of ChasingMermaids and paperback copies of #Scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet (US Only)
Giveaway starts on MAY 27th and finishes on JUNE 8th