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.
Wrecked was an interesting read for me. The writing felt kind of awkward. Or at least what the author was writing about. The romance? Can you even call what the main character, Miranda, had romance? Christian, a merman, saves Miranda, and then they develop insta-love for each other. And the way she acts when she discovers his secret (which is almost the end of the book) is choppy at best, and immature at worst.
Not to mention I hardly got to know any of the characters except for MAYBE Christian and Miranda. And their character development was pretty non-existent. I guess that's what has me so disappointed. After the initial accident, you only hear about four or five characters. And by hear, I mean, they're mentioned and the main character occasionally interacts with them. In my opinion, the characters are what can make or break the story. You can have a fantastic plot, but if the reader doesn't give a crap about the characters, then it doesn't even matter.
I won't stop reading Anna Davies. I feel like this might have just been her trying to get some Young Adult Paranormal Romance in while the craze was still going strong. Maybe this just wasn't her genre. Come on Anna, just write what you know and feel, and then people will buy it and appreciate it.
Miranda was a haunting character and had an interesting perspective, especially since she had just survived a boat accident in which many of her friends had died. This always left the book slightly tinged with melancholy, so don’t read this if you think it will be as uplifting as The Little Mermaid. The commentary between characters was clever and the storyline had a dark twist to it.
I enjoyed Wrecked to a certain extent. The idea of under-water fantasy creatures kept me reading. What was going to happen to Miranda? Was Christian going to tell her the truth? How was it going to end? I must admit however, that I was disappointed with quite a few aspects. For one, I really would have liked Anna Davies to have incorporated more information about the world ‘Down Below.’ I wanted to know more about the creatures beneath the sea; what they did, what their purpose was, and how they lived. Instead, the story focused on the love story between Christian and Miranda.
Also, there were numerous errors within the writing that should have been caught by an editor. At one point Miranda would be standing up, but in the next sentence it would say that she was actually sitting down. This happened a few times in the book, which skewed my perception of the story. This may not be a big deal for some people, but I can’t stand reading grammatical mistakes.
The main character is always extremely important to me, and Miranda was a strong character in her own way. However, I found her frame of mind exhausting at times. She continually changed her mind, never knowing what she wanted, being strong at points, and weak at others. Maybe that was the point. Maybe that made her more human. But I definitely found her somewhat annoying by the last few chapters of the novel.
The first two and the last two chapters were the best parts in the book, which some might argue, is the way a book should be. They presented the clearest pictures of the story and they were written with intrigue. I felt a few times during the middle of the book that I was being weighed down unnecessarily. This book was a good read, but I think at the end of the day it could have used more work.