Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Wreaked

My third pulse it group read....and OMG that cover is so HOT. Presenting Wreaked by Anna Davies.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

With a cover this hot and a title this disastrous, it is sure to spell trouble for the characters. This is how the story goes like Miranda and her friends get caught in a sea storm while test driving her new boat. It is said that the sea witch, Sephie who stirs up these storms once in awhile to get souls. Boat wreaked, and all of her friends possibly dead or injured only Miranda comes out of this unscathed with the help of this strange boy, Christian who had come out of nowhere and brought her to safety on land. Now no one wants to be friends or have anything to do with Miranda blaming her for the wreak. Miranda on her part is intrigued by Christian. Who is he and why did he save her? ... But trouble is still aboard... and Sephie does not like to loose.

The underwater world has always been an intriguing one and if the creatures of Poseidon's world are involved then its even more intriguing; mermaids, nereids, sea spirits, devas and the like. But here the author doesn't rely on the supernatural here but on the post accident fallout between the characters. Prior to the boat wreak all of them, Miranda, Genevieve, Fletcher, Gray, Alan and the others were great friends but now half of them are dead and the other half don't want anything to do with Miranda, outright alienating her and putting up all the blame on her head. Miranda is all alone, even her grandmother is more interested in public image than the welfare of her grandchild. So it is natural enough to see Miranda pushing away everyone from her (those who are still there). If you ask me I think they weren't even her friends at all, because friends stick together in times of need and not turn their back on them when they need them the most. And sadly speaking this blame game in the human nature is very pathetic.....

Christian on the other hand is one of the mythical creatures of down below. He is the rebel among the sea of followers and is very much fascinated by Miranda. The many moments that they share are without a doubt the sweetest moments in there in an otherwise morose story.For them it is love at first sight, an instant connection. Miranda slowly starts to trust (after he reveals his true self) and Christian will do anything to keep Miranda as far away from Sephie as possible, even if it meant never to see her again. And Sephie is the perfect, manipulative Queen-cum-antagonist of this tale...no better adjectives to define her.

While I did not like how the book ended but we do need to accept that happy endings are not always possible. Wreaked, for me was an emotional ordeal, I definitely cried halfway through reading about the pain Miranda was going through and the injustice done to her and beaming whenever Christian and her would swim or he would soothe her with his simple presence. The writing is also beautifully done and all the details that Ms. Davies put in here really brought the tale to life.

"Moral of the story - true friends are those who stay with you in your greatest time of need - the road to recovery for Miranda can never be more difficult than this"
Genre :      Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal


Publisher: Simon & Schuester Books for Young Readers


My Copy: Pulse It Simon & Schuester group 


Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

4 comments:

  1. I read somewhere that mermaids were going to be the next big thing. This sounds interesting - I'll add it to my TBR pile. Thanks!

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    1. mermaids sure seem like becoming the next big thing

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  2. OOh nice review!! Mermaids are getting insanely popular! And that's awesome! I loved The Little Mermaid as a kid, both Disney and Andersen's version!!

    Will have to get around to this book one of these days! Sounds awesome!

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