Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Series: Maybe series?
Published: July 12, 2011 by Knopf Books
Source: Publisher for Tour
Description: Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident. Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people. Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?
I Give This ...
This is one of those books that I really wish I could give it a higher rating. I really liked parts of it. But, there's always that one things that hold it back. And really, for me a 3 isn't a bad rating. It's just that I think there are better books out there.
I felt like I didn't really connect with Will. At times, I felt like his character was all over the place. Granted with the tragedy in his past, I kind of understand. Especially when you factor in the idea that he has no idea what happened. He also has a lot on his plate dealing with his best friend, Gretchen. Her sleepwalking habits often left me agitated. Her obsession with Asia also felt forced. She just sort of shows up in town and he can't help but wonder about her. I also wanted to him to wake up and see what his obsession was doing to Gretchen.
I really did enjoy the mermaid/siren folklore in this story. It includes the story of Calypso, and her obsession with Odysseus. When he left her, she was overcome with need for revenge. It was an interesting twist to the story. I enjoyed Asia's connections with Calypso and what she's required to do.
For some reason, I found the overall story extremely slow moving. It felt like there was hardly any action to drive the story forward. It wasn't until Asia tells Will the complete story of who and what she is that the story felt like it was going anywhere. And then it was over. It left me with some unanswered questions and the thought that there will be a sequel.