In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle Sebastian, his boarder – nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too. Next in the series: Ophelia Aground
Ophelia Adrift was an unexpected and surprisingly unputdownable read! Everything from the worldbuilding to the romance was intense from the beginning to the end of the story, making Helen Goltz a new must-watch author for me (and hopefully to those who I’ll be recommending read Ophelia Adrift).
The tagline of “Her first love might be her last” immediately reminded me of The Raven Boys, although that might have been because I’m still a little obsessed with the series. But the dynamic characters that made Stiefvater’s series as incredible as it was are present here as well.Ophelia, Adam and Jack are all people who you’ll end up wishing you could know in real life. I do wish there had been a little more build up to the incredible romance, but I’ll be satisfied as long as we get to see more from these characters later on.
The small, seaside setting was also a great element and one that fueled a lot of the book’s central mystery. There’s a slow build to the plot but things never get stale as we experience the town for the first time. I loved some of the smaller details but would also absolutely love to see more.
Overall I would absolutely recommend Ophelia Adrift to YA lovers, especially those who still live for some of the more traditional tropes. The writing was strong, the characters dynamic and the plot genuinely interesting. What more could a book nerd want?