By: Melanie | May 28, 2015 | (42) Comments

Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing MermaidsThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 368
Source: For tour
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From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.

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...

Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour! Click here to follow the rest of the tour.

If I were to list all the reasons why I think everyone should read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, we’d be here till we all were just a pile of skin and bones. Since I don’t want that to happen, here’s just 5 of the main reasons why Sarah Ockler’s new book is glorious:

1. It’s a contemporary novel that’s a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid. Do I need to say more? Surely that has already got you jumping up and down in your seat because that’s exactly what I did when I first laid my eyes on that synopsis. And trust me, the execution of it is absolutely spot on, and Ockler’s beauteous writing only makes this even more joyous to read. Honestly, I just didn’t want this book to end, and it’s been quite a while since a book has made me feel that way!

2. There’s a POC main character. HELL YES THAT’S RIGHT PEOPLES. Too often, we get books that are dubbed “diverse” because there’s that one unimportant, side character that is of a different racial background. But not here, people. The main character, Elyse, is a person of colour and she completely lost her voice because of a recently tragic accident. That, is what I call a diverse book. I did take a little while to be fully engaged in Elyse’s narrative, but when I did, my heart truly broke for her. Her whole world revolved around singing, and when she lost her voice, that door down that path just slammed her right in the face.

3. It’s not just a fluffy summer read – there’s a lot of deeper messages interwoven. Don’t be mistaken. This isn’t your generic fluffy summer read with a cutesy romance and about a girl who finds herself over the summer break. This is not just about a girl whose dreams were ripped away from her – this is also the story of Sebastian, (the love interest’s little brother) who is enamoured by chasing mermaids and is teased about it by all the other men around him; and at it’s very core, this is a story about finding your voice again, your stand, in this ever-changing world. 

4. There’s a lot of swooning. Expect yourself to make some incoherent sounds that in reality probably sound like squawking. Why? Because Christian Kane. HE IS MINE, BACK OFF PEOPLE. I didn’t like Christian to begin with because he’s a player but you really do get to know him throughout the novel and I was shipping him and Elyse so SO hard before I knew it. Sarah Ockler certainly didn’t forget to bring her fantastic romances to the table in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. 

5. Also, this book comes with a lot of sex positive and pro feminism vibes. Sarah Ockler, my respect for you has only increased once again, because you addressed what many authors don’t want to address. So THANK YOU.

In all, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a perfect novel for the summer with it’s brilliant characters (main characters and sides), glorious ship, realistic portrayal of teenage sex and it’s strong underlying message about finding your voice. This is what all contemporary novels should be like.

~Thank you Simon and Schuster for providing the review copy!~

4.5 Stars


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About Sarah Ockler

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.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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42 Responses to Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

  1. I do love a contemporary romance with a lot of positive messages, I think I’ve certainly read a few recently and I absolutely adored them. But this novel sounds like something else entirely and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Great review, Melanie. 🙂
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  2. I loved this book soooo much! And I loved all the references to The Little Mermaid, disney version and original fairy tale. 😀
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  3. Ksenia says:

    Lovely review, Melanie! So glad to hear about diversity and great messages!
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  4. This book is one of my most anticipated books in this year! I like the diversity in it, and based on the review I’ve read, the writing style is beautiful too. Glad you love it!

    Great review, Mel <33
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  5. Heidi says:

    I had no idea this was a loose telling of the Little Mermaid. Sounds like a terrific summer read. I have long wanted to try this author, so I better get off my behind and get it done.
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  6. This book sounds really good!
    I don’t think i’ve ever read a retelling of The Little Mermaid before, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids sounds really unique,
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages
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  7. Sarah Ockler is one of my all time favorite authors, so I’m more than ecstatic for this newest release, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I can barely wait until the June 2 release date! Great post, Melanie!
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  8. HELLS YES to feminism and POC main characters and contemporary retellings of fairytales. This book basically sounds perfect for me.
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  9. This sounds so cute! It’s great that this has diversity and a wide range of topic because that’s something you don’t see often in YA contemp. even though you should. I can’t wait to read this and I love the cover!
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  10. Oh, Mel, this is such a beautiful story! I loved Ariel so much, she was one of my favorite princesses. And I have been seeing this book around a lot, I just didn’t think to read the synopsis, and now that I know its based on The Little Mermaid, I shall go stalk thy author. Great review!

    (Also, you shall send me a copy of this book for my birthday)
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes, I love Ariel! Well, I love ALL of the disney princess but yes Ariel is one of my top faves. Thank you, Maddy!

      Haha, oh certainly 😉

  11. OKAY. I’M CONVINCED. I WANT. I really haven’t read a lot of mermaid books that have actually hooked me. But is it just based or is it actually about mermaids. *squints at the blurb* Either way. Yes please.
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    • Melanie says:

      YES MY JOB HERE IS DONE. Haha no it’s not REALLY about mermaids as it’s a contemporary but it’s based loosely off The Little Mermaid.

  12. Ahh this looks amazing! I really want to read it now! 😀
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  13. So I had requested this book and wasn’t so sure of reading it. I only requested it because I loved Sarah Ockler’s The Book of Broken Hearts but then I was like eh with this book but 4 stars?! I need to read this immediately! Lovely review and loved how it was in bullets. So much easier 😀
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  14. Hannah says:

    Ah, I’m one chapter into my ARC and am already enjoying it immensely! This one looks like a winner. I love that it’s more than a shallow beach read.
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  15. Lyn Kaye says:

    Can I totally admit that I have a weakness for mermaids?? I had no idea that this was a TLM retelling….oh, I so want that.
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, you totally can, Lyn! I don’t really like mermaid books because I’ve had such bad luck with them but even though this one wasn’t strictly about mermaids, I LOVED it!!

  16. Shannelle says:

    I am simply incoherent over this book, because I love it so much. *flails* I should get around to writing that essay that’s going to stand for my review on why I love it so much.

  17. Kirsty-Marie says:

    I was wondering how the retelling would work, so glad it’s loosely based on it, but still interesting to see how it’s incorporated Right? It’s the same with an LGBTQ character that isn’t the main character, just feels like they’re there for a tick on a list, so glad it’s not like that in this case. 😀 And YES. That’s how I like my fun summer reads, I mean, i like light fluffy ones as much as the next person, but for them to really stick with me, there has to be depth to it. SWOONS ahead, yay and *cough* I think you’re going to have competition, Melanie *cough* 😉 And ex positive and pro feminism vibes? Hallelujah. Sounds like the perfect book. I need.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, this one was well and truly a diverse novel, and I love Ockler so much more for it! I hope you love it as much as I did, Kirsty-Marie!

  18. I definitely agree that THIS is a diverse book. I just loved Elyse and her voice so much. I remember someone telling me that they thought this book was fun and light, and I actually have to politely disagree. This book was so much more than that, and I loved all the lessons learned in here.

    And no, I already proposed to Christian, thanks. We’re getting married ASAP, then Sebastian will be my adorable brother-in-law! I loved the sex-positive vibes in this book as well.

    So, so glad you ended up loving this! <3
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  19. So yes to everything. I’m in love with everything about this book. A Little Mermaid retelling? Are you kidding me? How did I not realize I needed this in my life until now? So I want it bad.
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  20. Okay, to be completely honest, I was a bit hesitant to read this because all the books I’ve read or heard about that involve mermaids have either been mediocre or absolutely horrible. But you’ve completely sold me on this! As a singer myself, I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my voice. *shudders* And not only that, but this has diversity, female friendships and feminism? HECK YEAH! Definitely putting this on hold at the library Mel – thanks for the convincing review!
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    • Melanie says:

      It doesn’t actually involve real mermaids, haha. Well and truly a contemporary, this one so never fear xD I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this.

  21. Pretty much, we have the exact same feelings. I loved that this was a contemporary retelling, and I loved how diverse the cast of characters and themes were! I was wary of Christian at first, too, but the romance had me swooning soon enough.
    Lovely review!
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