Title: Ophelia Adrift
Author: Helen Goltz
Publisher: Atlas Productions
Sebastian's roommate is, Adam, who is also a bit of a mystery. He comes from a line of drifters who move around because of a curse that has been placed on his family as a survivors from a decade old ship wreck on the La Bella in Wannamboo. As the curse goes any living relative who is out after midnight will drown in the ocean. Leaving Adam skittish to be out, not wanting to temp fate when there have been so many mysterious deaths. Adam, is the self proclaimed "brother" of Ophelia, although the book leaves the hint that more is to happen between these too that might not be so brotherly.
Ophelia Adrift is written from several POV's, which makes the book very interesting. I loved the writing style and the easy, natural flow of the book. I enjoyed that the history in this book. The shipwreck is told as it took place, along with the deaths of the crew and the rescue operations. Plus the author names her characters after actual people from the original La Bella shipwreck. Ophelia herself is a likable character. She seems to draw people to her and builds her friends up and helps them see their own natural talents and beauty. I have read other reviewers saying they disliked the book on the premise of how quickly Ophelia and Jack fall in love, but anyone with teenager would actually say how realistic this can be. Since this is a YA book, I could see how Ophelia and Jack fall instantly in love. Having 4 teenagers I see this on a weekly basis. The mad, deep, insane love that flakes out as quickly as it starts is part of being a teen, so this was not a killing point for me at all. The book was a fun, quick read with a nice mystery and a good twist at the end. I really enjoyed it.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review