Book Review: Wavehouse


Title: WAVEHOUSEunnamed (1)

Author: Alice Kaltman

Pub. Date: June 15, 2018

Publisher: Fitzroy Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 289

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Sixteen year-old Anna Dugan is a super surfer who feels most at home when taking off on a ten-foot wave. But surf culture bores Anna big time. While other surfers follow trends and speak the lingo, Anna harbors a secret desire to be an artist, drawing houses made of waves. It’s not the most practical dream for the daughter of a single mom living in Kendall’s Watch, a beach town where most kids are so surf-centric they think ‘Current Events’ have something to do with ocean tides.

Anna is not only the best surfer in Kendall’s, she’s also the shyest. When a surf scout comes to town to gage her talent, Anna freaks out and refuses to let him watch her. To protect herself from the pressure and the panic, Anna decides to only surf at her private break, Secretspot, for the rest of the summer. But Secretspot becomes treacherous in ways Anna never imagined, and the danger has nothing to do with waves. When a gorgeous stranger paddles out, smiling a bewitching smile and surfing like a god, their chemistry is impossible to ignore. A series of events are set in motion that will change Anna’s life forever; events that raise difficult questions about love, honesty, betrayal and family ties.

In the end, is it worth it? Dive in to Wavehouse, life-preserver recommended, and the decision is yours.

My Review

This is one of those books that give you a certain feeling while reading it, that general feeling that a reader gets when opening a book for the first time (before going into the story). The timing for this blog tour was perfect! I’m getting ready for a short vacation at the sea so this is the perfect book to prepare myself for exactly that. Because it made me feel so relaxed, it made me thing of waves and how they sound.  I could smell the sand and warmth.

With this opening, I will get into the actual story. The story centers on young Anna, who’s trying to keep a low profile and practice surfing in her own private space. She does not like attention and has her own issues to deal with. However, her tranquility is somehow disturbed when a young man comes around. This guy manages to crack her shyness and thus she feels the comfort she longs for. But is the sea always serene?

Anna’s voice is so well created, all characters feel so real. I can definitely say that from writing perspective, the author did an amazing job. We don’t have the perfect couple, perfect heroine, perfect family or friends. But there are no enemies either. Everybody is as real as you’d get them. No one is perfect and that makes the book so much interesting.

We see her grow, we see her develop and interact with others. Most of the book is centered on her reactions and her feelings. Anna and her mom are one of the best examples of dealing with parental issues, or solving things as a family. Friendship and love are not to be missed either and all these themes blend together beautifully.

So pick up this book! Grab your copy take a ride on the biggest wave around. Learn about surfers, about Anna Dugan and her passions. I felt so refreshed after reading this. I loved it and I am so happy to be part of this blog tour!

Check out what other bloggers think about “Wavehouse” by clicking the banner. And there is also a giveaway if you scroll down 🙂 Happy reading!

About Alice

As a young girl I long


ed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so I became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years I worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while I’m still paid to do the occasional pirouette, I’m now mostly known as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But honestly? I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life, and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. Saving Grace is about a mermaid, and Wavehouse is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.

My short fiction (for adults) takes place on land, sea, and air. I’m thrilled that Staggerwing, a collection of my favorites, is forthcoming from Tortoise Books in October, 2016.

These days I split my time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where I wear my pajamas regular style. But if too much time passes without a swim or a surf, I’m tempted to revisit my childhood shenanigans. Wouldn’t it be fun to flip-flop about like a fish out of water or a beached mermaid, restless and hungry for the incoming tide?

If you want to reach out about bookish stuff, send me an email via the cute little Contact pop-up, or via my literary agent, Zoe Sandler of ICM Partners.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a hardcover of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.

2 winners will receive a paperback of WAVEHOUSE, US Only.

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