15/07/2013

Book Review: Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton (Ocean's Gift, #1)

Blurb: Sirens don’t fall in love with humans. For centuries it has been so… But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her.Times have changed and she must swim ashore once more, at the islands she once cursed.Gone are the boats powered by sail and steam – jet boats with GPS are now the order of the day. Enter Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. He’ll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries. But can he seduce a siren? Or will she swim away, before he can uncover her secret? A story about fishing, lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the West Australian coast. At least that’s how Joe tells it. For Sirena, it’s a very different story.

...No fairy-tale in the making here. Just mermaids.

I keep going on and on about not being a fan of fantasy to pick up fantasy. So far I have reviewed two fantasy books on this blog and I loved them. I decided to let my friend, Fran, who is a die-hard fan of books that are not created out of unrealistic worlds. And this is what she has to say. Behold she is a girl of very few words. The 'good' or 'not good' kinda reviewer. The very one you wouldn't want to review your book.

Fran says: Good. (See I told you)

(But she goes on)....

It's not your bull book about mermaids and creatures with long tails and boobs that sit flat on their chests (probably due to lots of strenuous swimming)

Mermaids are to mate with humans-strong male humans and propagate (warning you, biology was her major).

Vanessa holds a torch to the Island for taking away her lover. Fire torch, I mean.Vannessa is the mermaid who saves Joe's life at sea. Because he can't swim. I am wondering why a guy in his late twenties can't swim. Where are the days when swimming was just flapping your arms about and beating the water with your legs. Summoned by her elders to gather information on the changes in the sea floor posing a threat to the mermaids (because changes in the sea floor meant humans were going extinct and since the relationship between the two was more or less parasitic since they depended on humans for procreation, eventually they would also go extinct), and it's no coincidence she finds Joe. And sleeps with him. Sex that gets you asking yourself: Who knew mermaids could have multiple orgasms? Does the transition from caudal fin to tail mean there's now a vagina? (Ooh! Going too far with Biology. Typical pragmatic behavior!)

Joe is a handy man. Goodlooking and, yes, he's probably the guy you would call to fix your leak. But one off point: he lives with his parents. Failure to launch kinda guy? No. Because he is looking to buy his own house. Too convenient Vanessa is a mermaid. (Goes to prove great sex doesn't matter the habitat).

I love Maria, Berlinda and Skipper. Maria is the confused daughter of Nessa. Skipper is Joe's too-friendly-for-a-boss' boss. Berlinda was the Ice Queen. This Berlinda puts the fun in mean. (Now that's what I call Revenge of the MERmaids).

There is never a dull moment.

I honestly can't wait to see the next title Ocean Infiltration. Very disappointing Demelza didn't attach an except.

Very gripping. Highly entertaining and fascinating.

And as though that isn't reason enough to pick it, the book has the ending of a real (TV) series: An OMG moment that would leave you wanting more. Not H2O kinda series. Like Gossip Girl with mermaids.

Will recommend for anyone who has the misconception that mermaids have been so last season since twilight. (True in the beauty world where no one wants a tan because of frigging twilight)

My (Fran's rating): 4/5 stars

Ocean is available at Amazon

Her work not done here! Off to post her review on Goodreads.

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