Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Undertow by Callie Kingston ~ Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY

Today, I'd like you to meet Marrissa from Undertow.  She has her top 10 for us.

Top 10 with Marissa

  1. Favorite movie/actor/actress? Winona Ryder 
  2. Favorite song/singer? “New Soul” by Yael Naim 
  3. Favorite place you would love to visit? I had such a great time in Denver with Jim--those mountains!-- and I’m dying to get out of this dismal rain, so if he decides to move back home, I’d go with. Anywhere with sunshine, far away from the coast, will do. 
  4. One item you cannot live without? Cocoa 
  5. Who would you like to meet?(dead or alive) Bethany. I’d give anything to see her again. 
  6. Favorite hobby? Well, my new favorite hobby is journaling! 
  7. Guilty pleasure? reading paranormal romances--but don’t tell Jim! 
  8. Favorite author and/book? Sylvia Plath--The BELL JAR. It reminds me how lucky I am to be alive now, when there are effective treatments and therapies. 
  9. Do you collect anything? Mermaid/merman memorabilia--guys with tails! I’m lucky Jim has such a killer sense of humor. 
  10. Favorite color? teal 
Now you might be wondering about this book?

While she sleeps beside a log on the wild Oregon coast, a rogue wave pulls Marissa into the sea. Now she dreams each night of a merman who rescues her. Obsessed with returning to this beautiful creature, she again risks her life in the frigid ocean.

Will Marissa remain lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or can real love save her from the abyss? Sometimes, the dangers which lie within are the deadliest.

Here's my take:

3 stars - An emotional one for me

Undertow is not what I expected.  Told in third person, this story uses the promise of paranormal to deal with the difficult subject of mental illness.  Marissa is an emotional wreck in this story.  I had a hard time liking her but I think that was part of the point.  Jim is fabulous and I really loved him.  His patience and love were sweet.  Marissa's best friend, Kelly, was a great friend who didn't give up on her even as she tried her best to help her.

As I began to understand what was happening, I struggled with this one.  There's depression in my family and this was an emotional read for me.

I did  really enjoy how it was shadowed in paranormal.  I read so many of those books, that it was easy to be sucked into that.  But I think it worked well for this topic especially with the last scene.

Favorite scene:

"There's something I forgot to tell you, though, " Marissa said.
"What's that?"
"I'm afraid of flying."
He laughed.  "No worries.  I got your back.  I'll hold you tight all the way there." (Page 195)

That's Jim.  I'm not sure how or why he fell in love for Marissa but he really did love her and I was so happy with the ending for more than one reason.  Read to find out for yourself.

Be forewarned with this one - it's emotional.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a very emotional book. I like to read books like these once in a while, but I really need to be in the right frame of mind for them. Thanks for the lovely review!!