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What the Sea Wants Paperback – January 27, 2016
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About the Author
KARIN COX is an Australian author who writes in her “spare time” while being a fulltime mum to a precocious daughter and a black cat with the improbable name of "Ping Pong." She is the author of more than 50 trade-published titles, including children’s and adult fiction, biographies and travel guides, and Australian natural and social history texts, several of which are award-winning. Being so busy hopping from one genre to another, she runs almost wholly on white wine and insomnia, which could account for the cray-cray, but probably doesn’t. Her poems and short stories have been published in anthologies worldwide, and her novels and anthologies GROWTH, CAGE LIFE, CROWS AND OTHER BEASTS, CRUXIM, CRECHE, CREED, DARK GUARDIANS and WHAT THE SEA WANTS are available from all good online distributors and bookstores. Titles in Karin’s bestselling DARK GUARDIANS trilogy have several times topped best-seller charts for gothic romance and dark fantasy.
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This is my first book by Karin Cox and although romance isn't her normal writing style it's a really good read. Its a book of two halves before and after and although it does jump around a bit it's still easy to follow and I really enjoyed it.
Juliette Brewer lives in the small Australian town of Willow Bay with her mum, she's a shy self confessed book nerd and was born with a Mati as her grandmother calls it ( the evil eye) she can see disasters in her dreams before they even occur but never enough information to be able to stop them.
Ash Gordon is a local surfer and life guard with a bit of a reputation with the ladies but the day he meets Julz (Juliette) he only has eyes for her.
There's is a sizzling chemistry between them straight away but they are each hiding things from each other and when disaster strikes are they be strong enough to make it thorough, both will have hell to deal with but hopefully it will make them stronger.
What The Sea Wants is another new milestone for Karin Cox. A story with magical realism that delves on the life of Juliette Brewer, the girl who had the Evil Eye. Juliette or Julz could see disasters or misfortunes right before they take place. Like a school bus accident where some kids died. Or a shark attack in the beach. She saw them happening in her dreams, but she didn't know when or where those unfortunate events would happen. Until it was too late for her to act upon them. Such a curse, indeed.
Ash Gordon, the man who can't be moved, the apple of every ladies' eyes. He's got the reputation, alright, but nobody knew the real him: the man he truly was. And when he encountered Julz, his world (and the ocean) turned upside down.
What I actually loved about this book is the environmental awareness that the main characters disseminated throughout the story. That the ocean deserves to be treated with care and importance. That dolphins are our friends, that we should take our part in making sure the fish in the sea swim with garbage-less water. Because what the sea wants, the sea gets.
The characters, Ash and Julz are strong and deep. There's more to them than just toned body, pretty face and adoring/raging fans. Their flawed personalities make them believable and real. I even found the sexual innuendos quite a treat. And that thing that happened to Ash was something that tore a piece in my heart.
And lastly, what I liked about this book is the glossary for the Aussie words and phrases used in the story. At first, the reader might get confused with these words, but trust me, you'll enjoy the slang and twang that is apparent to Aussies. (My sister-in-law's husband is from the Land Down Under and believe me, I get an earful every time we talk, ayt mate?)
Overall, I was pleased with the outcome of the story. I've said before (in my previous review of her books) that Karin Cox is talented and witty. Two years later, my high regard for her writing is still at the top. She knows how to keep her readers happy and crave for more.
The book is in two parts, before....... and after.
“There’s something about me you need to know, something I’m not sure I can tell you.”
Juliette Brewer is half Greek half Aussie growing up in the small sleepy Australian beach town of Willow Bay with her solo Greek mum. Self confessed word nerd Julz was born with what her grandmother calls the Mati ( evil eye ) and from the age of four has had premonitions of future disasters. Not wanting to be labeled crazy, Julz learnt early on to keep this gift ( or rather curse ) to herself.
Ash Gordon - local surfer, lifie ( lifeguard ) and hottie with washboard abs. He doesn't run in Juliette's circle, the fantastics more his type, until one day he comes to her rescue on the beach and takes notice of the quite beauty.
Ash’s eyes weren’t readily describable. They weren’t azure or cerulean or sapphire or aquamarine. They weren’t Pacific blue or Indian Ocean green or Atlantic grey or Artic ice. They were just amazing. Concerned and curious and sparkling with an indescribably oceanic clarity.
The chemistry and sexual tension between Julz and Ash is off the charts and has you on the edge of your seat until the end. The cheesy one liners and never ending sexual innuendos makes you sympathise with Juliette's increasing frustration, but as they say good things come to those who wait.
“Still worried about sharks?” He leaned closer and murmured, “Because we won’t be going that deep. Not our first time.”
The cast of this story are wonderful in their own right, from their besties Jaz and Dylan to Bitten the local dolphin and Salt the old sea dog.
“Don’t rightly know whether what I believe is in the pages of a Bible or at the bottom of a bottle,
The story does jump around a bit but it still has flow and was easy to follow. Now I'm a sucker for good epilogue and the ending of What The Sea Wants made my heart sing and let me be at peace with the journey. A great roller coaster ride about teenage love and its ability to conquer all.
A glossary of Australian slang has been included in the book to help out international readers while keeping authentic to the Aussie language.