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Friday, December 14, 2012

Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Degrees of Wrong. Samhain Publishing is a new-to-me publishing house in that I don't know that I've read anything else on their docket. And the cover, I'll admit is very misleading. Does it not look like a mermaid to you? Because it does to me. And this book has nothing to do with mermaids.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: This time, the straight-and-narrow path could be the road to ruin. Dr. Elyse Morgan’s mission: find the cure to the HTN4 virus. The compensation, courtesy of the United Nations: a lab stocked with hi-tech goodies, limitless resources and enough chocolate to make her rear look like a cellulite farm. Bonus: she gets to live. Rescued (kidnapped) and secreted (imprisoned) on an undersea warship, Elyse adjusts to her assumed identity as a cadet with the finesse of a toeless ballerina. Her sulfuric temper and blatant insubordination capture the unwanted attention of the ship’s captain, the gorgeous, infuriating, engaged Nicoli Marek. Elyse would rather perform her own autopsy than become the other woman, but Nicoli—who’s as full of himself as he is of secrets—regards his impending marriage as a mere political transaction. And Elyse as fair game. As Elyse’s suspicions about the UN’s true agenda mount along with her attraction to the relentless, chronically shirtless captain, she must choose between the murky path to everything she’s ever wanted, or the squeaky-clean path of self-sacrifice—which could mean taking the secrets of the virus with her to the grave.

Okay, in reading the summary it doesn't seem like it's about mermaids, I'll give you that, but I still think that cover says mermaids.

What I Liked: 1) Elyse. Dr. Elyse Morgan is very willful, and also a very caring person. I particularly enjoyed how she stood up to Lt. Horan, whom she called "Pretty Princess" and I think it's very funny. She has learned how to stand up for herself and others, but she is also very caring, which makes her a good doctor. 2) Nikoli. Here's a guy who isn't shy about what he wants. It was almost comical how forward he was with Elyse. But I like a guy with confidence, so I definitely was able to see why he was the male MC of the story, and why a lot of people will be drawn to him. 3) Elyse was on this military submarine researching a cure for this virus that is responsible for a lot of death and tragedy. While new epidemics are not new in the dystopian books, it was Dr. Morgan's main purpose for her lifestyle. This one uniquely focused on the kind of research she was doing in order to stop cure the virus.

What I Didn't Like: 1) At first, I loved the fact that it was set on a submarine. Or, something like a submarine. But once we got further into the book, the parts that were set on the submarine seemed to completely ignore that fact. Maybe it's because this vessel is supposed to be so...large that other than not being able to go outside, there are no differences, but I felt there was something missing from that fact. 2) I also started to get a little worried about the virus. The further we got into it, the more Elyse was paying attention to Nikoli instead of working towards her goal. It got a little too confusing for me to figure out what exactly was important to her.

Overall Thoughts: Degrees of Wrong was an interesting, New Adult (I guess this is considered new adult, Elyse is 24 years old, but I am very unfamiliar with what classifies it as such) book. It is a relatively short story that can be read in only a few hours. The characters are very likeable, and readers will find themselves rooting for them to work out there differences. Author Anna Scarlett also has a gift for humor, as this dramatic story is often broken up by comic relief. There are some missing elements, pieces of the story that weren't given the attention that they deserved, but nothing that just drags you down. Don't be mislead by the cover of this book, it isn't a mermaid story. Take a few hours and check out this one, and be prepared to laugh and sigh as you try to save the world with Dr. Elyse!

My Rating: 3 shots

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