Author: Sarah Ockler (website | twitter)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Expected publication: June 2015
Sometimes, there are no words…
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 know fall is coming on super fast, but I can't keep myself from looking at beautiful summer-y books...for next year. And this one is a Little Mermaid adaptation! When I was a kid, I was completely obsessed with the Disney movie - it was the second movie I ever saw in a theatre, and I sang Part of Your World constantly afterwards.
I really, really like the sound of this concept - I like how modernized it is, how it plays with the fantastical elements of the original fairy tale and makes them contemporary. As a singer myself, I obviously connect to Elyse's passion for music. And even though the boy is sounding a touch too "new adult love interest", I like how he's a bit more of a go-getter than Eric from the Disney movie.
I haven't read any Sarah Ockler yet, but you can bet that if this is the first one, it's getting my full attention next summer. And yay for diversity on the cover!
Have you heard of THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS? Are you a Sarah Ockler fan? Are you a Disney or Little Mermaid fan like me? What do you think of this concept? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments!