- Goodreads Synopsis -
Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely yet enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows only one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.
Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her--willing to give up everything for her. He soon finds he cannot live without her.
But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another's love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?
Sinking by Sarah Armstrong- Garner is such a unique mermaid story! I have never read a story like this one, and I have read a lot of mermaid stories! Trust me.
Garner introduces us to a lost girl named Jocelyn. But Jocelyn is not this young girls real name. Jocelyn is from the ocean but for some reason can not remember who or where she is from. She washes up on shore one day, where a woman, Edith, finds her and names her Jocelyn. Jocelyn slowly starts to see the clues as to what she is. The ocean is speaking to her, she can heal people, there is this old man on the ship that swears he knows what Jocelyn is. Jocelyn begins having flashbacks of the day she washed up on shore! What do you do if you have no idea who you are but you know you are being hunted, someone is trying to find you, you have powers, and people are telling you that you belong in the sea?
Sinking is an awesome read that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime! It is fun seeing Jocelyn begin to realize who she is and what happened to her in the ocean. Sarah also introduces us to a few people from Jocelyn's past, who could be good or bad! It drove me insane trying to figure out if Benlar was good or bad. There is evil in the ocean that wants Jocelyn back, so who knows if Benlar is trying to protect her or take her back to the evil!
Sinking is super complex and full of detail! I love the medallions, the eyes, and all the other little details Sarah uses to describe her mermaids! As I said before, I really adore mermaid books, so when I read some that are different, I really appreciate them and that makes me enjoy the book even more! I love how creative Sarah got with Sinking and I think you guys all will too! Jocelyn is my favorite character! She is awesome and so full of personality. She is not afraid to get down and dirty and is nothing like "normal" girls from this era. Sarah did an awesome job while creating her. Jocelyn could have easily been a boring character, having no recollection of her memory, but luckily.. Sarah is awesome and creates amazing characters!
The author takes you into a world so magical, it feels real! I literally could not put her book down. I am longing for more and can not wait to see what happens with Jocelyn's story!