The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (ARC)

the summer of chasing mermaids

Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publication Date: June 2nd 2015 by Simon Pulse
Rating: ★★★★
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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 . . .

I haven’t really read a lot of fairy tale retellings but this one really stands out. It strays away from the usual retellings where the characters have the same names and the plot has the same structure, which makes this really interesting.

This book tells the story of Elyse and her life in Atargatis Cove where she experienced a fresh start with her friends, and fell in love with Christian Kane.

Elyse was really an interesting and lovable character. She cannot speak so she uses Sharpies and paper, mostly her palm though, to communicate. It’s not the first time I’ve read a book with a mute MC, but this one… Elyse lost her voice due to an accident, which doubles up the emotions and her character’s dimension.

“When one dream burns to ash, you don’t crumble beneath it. You get on your hands and knees, and you sift through those ashes until you find the very last ember, the very last spark. Then you breathe. You breathe. You fucking breathe. And you make a new fire.”

Christian has kind of a complex character. It was kinda hard to figure him out at first. He’s a bit of a jock at first but as the story progressed, I saw more of him, understood his character deeper and fell in love with his personality. He’s gentle, kind and I loved his relationship with his younger brother, Sebastian.

Sebastian was really adorable. It was really easy to love the kid. His eagerness, curiosity and him being firm and certain about things made me love him. He often speaks his mind freely which was really cute and cool to see for someone as young as him.

“It takes a strong woman to lose everything, then stand naked in front of the mirror and face herself again.”

I hope I saw more of the other characters though, like Vanessa, Kirby and Noah. There’s more potential to their characters, which could’ve been amazing to see.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book. The story was a pretty cool retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. The romance wasn’t overrated. It’s also an amazing summer read, so be sure to add this to your summer TBR!


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

4 comments / Add your comment below

    1. I hope you could get your hands on this soon! Thanks for checking this out, Jessica! <3

  1. Gosh Inah, I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book! It’s on my shelf as we speak. I’ve never read a fairytale retelling nor one about mermaids or with a mute MC sooooo, this one should be interesting. Thanks for the awesome review!:)

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