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Divine Scales

(Blood Prince #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  837 ratings  ·  63 reviews

Marcela is a mermaid who takes her duties as a daughter of Triton seriously. Like all of her siblings, she takes her turn with every duty rotation - including saving the lives of sailors when a ship comes under distress. Never has she been distracted from her responsibilities, never has she stopped to dream a little dream for herself. When Prince Patricio, the angelic Prin

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 240 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Skeleton Key Publishing
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2 Stars... I was really anticipating Patricio’s Story based on the bits of information gathered about him and his curse in the previous reads... Unfortunately, this book felt surfaced and chaotic.. The characters were not flushed out enough leaving the relationships feeling superficial; certain characters were sporadically introduced leaving me wondering about their place in the overall storyline; and the direction of the storyline felt chaotic and lacking depth leaving me confused and disappoin ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019
3 stars.

A re-imagining of the Little Mermaid story.

I can understand our heroine being bewitched into trading her fishtail for legs but some of her actions afterwards were just stupid (view spoiler). And one thing I can't abide in a book is a TSTL heroine. Our hero's whining also got on my nerves. So all in all, this was just an ok one for me.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve really enjoyed the first three entries in this series and this latest one does not disappoint. This time the plot nod is to The Little Mermaid, as neither Hans Christian Anderson nor Disney Studios ever imagined it.

The hero is the angel and, at least in my eyes, probably the least likeable of the Princes. Self-righteous, conceited, and arrogant are not among my favorite character traits. But as the story unfolds he becomes a character with complicated issues – as opposed to a jerk with a wh
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
No as good as the other books in my opinion. I really like the little mermaid fairytale and was looking forward to its adaptation but I just didn't like the characters. Not really funny or spirited or even as stubborn as we have grown used to. Patricio seemed to weak and just let things happen. As for Marcela, she is a bit too boring, either totally useless when under one spell or another or just thinking about herself and how to go back home. I honestly didn't feel the chemistry or any passion ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 5/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
Another great book in this fantastical series. I adored the tortured hero Patricio and his sweet yet strong heroine Marcela. I have read the entire Blood Prince series, twice, and will read them again in the future. They can all be read as standalones if you skip the prologues and epilogues, which I honestly skim through anyways. I really couldn’t care less about the whole “World Tree” plot. WARNING: there is sex in this book, it is not erotica, but enough to be a steamy & hot adult romance. Bla ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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In Divine Scales, Patricio might be an angel, but he’s definitely not angel. He yearns for the souls of evil-doers, but the families of his victims sing his praises because of a witch’s curse. The story offers an intriguing spin on the Little Mermaid fairytale, intriguing characters and a well-executed premise. Patricio is a complicated character, hard to connect with at first, but once you get to know him better, he
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
They're starting to improve for me! This is a retelling of the Little Mermaid, but very different! Once again, mythology played a heavy role in this story, but it also took a religious figure like an angel and set it into a paranormal mythology setting, which I found to be an interesting twist!

Patricio was not what I expected from an Angel of Justice, in fact his entire heritage shocked the living daylights right out of me! I liked seeing how his way of thinking got changed by Marcela's challeng
Eva Millien
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An angel’s curse causes mayhem in the lives of those around him, even influencing a mermaid to give up her tail and it will take more than a kiss to balance the Divine Scales in this captivating and magical fairy tale romance. The author’s artistic flare spins a uniquely refreshing fairy tale of a romance with lots of fantastic characters and wonderful elements that grab the reader and invite them to their world and join in on their adventures and I can’t wait to see how the hamadryad’s manipula ...more
Douglas Meeks
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed each of these Blood Prince novels, they tell a great story and always have a great ending, usually unexpected.

This one I was a bit confused about how this was gonna work but should have remembered these books are loosely based on fairy tales. the story of Patricio and Marcela was one of the best yet. The story was not predictable except for the very end (these are happy ever after tales) but the journey it takes to get there is done exceptionally.

There is action, love, romance, be
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have read this one before but needed a mermaid book. I would however suggest starting at the beginning of the series. I like how the stories are all intertwined and there is lots of plot leading up to and structuring around the romance. The relationships still move quickly but that is expected. I like how they are all fairy tales and I tolerate the fated aspect,which is not my favorite troupe. This was good but not my favorite in the series. (view spoiler) ...more
His crystal blue eyes bored into Etienne with the precision of a falcon strike, framed by a fall of white-blond hair. “If you’re talking about the cow that was recently born in Nysa with a valknut symbol tattooed on its side, then you can calm down. My oprichniki have assured me that the farmer drew that tattoo himself after his family had gone to bed and he’d stayed up with the heifer.” He shook his head. “Why humans are always—”
“Oprichniki?” Saamal echoed. “The demon dogs?” He turned from his
Barbara Stewart
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was pretty good it falls on the lines of the little mermaid. He was an angel that had been sent down by the gods to kill the evil and then he ate their souls that were black and then when they came back in another life they pour again. She saw him heal her brother who was evil and stealing from the ship and had a black soul and she was helping a sailor that had fallen off The boat during the storm. Because of his purse all she did was thank him for killing her brother. When she gave up ...more
T.M. Davis
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing version to the Grimm's tale!

An amazing read! I've always loved the original version of the Little Mermaid story, and reading this brought back happy memories. The fact that it seems the author did her research enough to bring up the old myth about mermaids either turning into sea foam or being blessed by becoming the spirits in the air is heart warming! And to add the extra witches and magic and curses, just add typo the over all story! I so can't wait for book 5!
Another Classic Fairytale Gets The Blackstream Treatment!

I loved this story.

I am already a fan of Ms Blackstream's writing style and love how she creates new and exciting stories from well loved tales; this time it was the classic Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid.

Due to the adult nature of some of the violent and sexual scenes within this book, I would recommend it to adults who are not offended by content of this type who enjoy reading romance stories about soul saving love.
Ilona Nurmela
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ariel and the Angel of Death

Another awesome fairytale retelling from Jennifer Blackstream. Self-absorbed and self-pitying Patricio gets his Marcela. I loved how the author kept the elements of Andersen’s Little Mermaid and the explanation of how come she falls head over heals was fresh. An enjoyable read and I’m happy the 4th prince found his mate. Totally recommend for lovers of retold fairytales and fast-paced romances fraught with emotion. P.S. Loved the cuelebre and the scene of swimming thr
Tinisha Daniels
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This just became one of my favorites! Marcela is no damsel in distress! And she can hold her own over the grumpy, self-righteous, miserable angel. This mermaid puts a spin on the bratty, and spoiled King Triton's daughter that a lot of us are used to and I am obsessed with her! This group of stubborn princes have my eyes and reader-hungry mind seeing stars! ...more
2.5 stars

The last third was okay, but the first part was very boring. In comparison to the first three books this was huge disappointment. The romance was unbelievable, the characters flat and I felt no connection to the characters.
Pat Wittman
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it

The prince's are so fun. I enjoy the fairytale spin so much. I can not wait for the next one in the series
Laurie Hopkins
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I really enjoy this series

The little mermaids, with a twist o two or three. The twists are what makes the story so interesting and amusing.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not want to read the Angels story. In all the previous books he was stuck up, pompous and boring. Boy, was I wrong. This book kept me guessing (and I know the story of the Little Mermaid both the Disney and original version by heart. I have daughters). I must say that I especially loved the heroin, she's what makes the book. ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series is just way too much fun! I adore the way that Blackstream takes fairy tales that we all know and love and turns them into something fun and different! Divine Scales is the story of The Little Mermaid – with a twist, of course – and I think it’s my favorite in the series so far (or maybe tied with the first book – I loved that one too – oh, never mind, I’ve loved them all!).


Patricio was a complicated character. He actually isn’t terribly likable at first. He’s
Marta Cox
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this is the fourth book in the Blood Prince series which takes fairy tales we know and love and gives them a new and more adult take . These books are building up to what will hopefully be an amazing conclusion but I did find that each story works well as a standalone. If you enjoy quirky paranormal stories with a twist then prepare to be enthralled by this unique take on the little mermaid!
Patricio is an angel but he's a man driven by a hunger to mete out justice. He has the ability to see
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was loving the book and it was on its way to being the first of the series that I could clearly say I flat out loved it without hesitation...until one thing ruined everything, Patricio didn't believe Marcela about Emiliana. I was completely let down with how easily he dismissed her claims and refused to trust her. That is a deal breaker for me and there's no coming back from it unless there is major groveling and one hell of a heartfelt apology shown with words and actions. Patricio failed to ...more
Maghon Thomas
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just freaking love this series!! So, think the Little Mermain, but scarier, meets her Prince Charming, who isn’t so Charming…. I LOVED IT!!! AND to top it off, The Little Mermaid was my favorite childhood movie–WAIT it’s STILL one of my all time favorite movies! I STILL watch it all the time!! I know all the words and can sing (maybe not so good) all the songs! :) Yep, so I loved this take on it! Seriously, Marcela may have just become my favorite lady from this series, but Etienne still has m ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it


So exciting! Everything's falling into place!

Thank you to Jennifer Blackstream for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I love these stories. I love them because they’re fairytale retellings. I love them because they are different and I love them because they are intriguing. I was glad that Marcela didn’t stay under the curse long, though perhaps this was the true payment to the sea witch as she didn’t seem to mind he
Just another reader
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book was an enjoyable piece inspired by The Little Mermaid. Marcela, the protagonist, is a very dutiful and conscientious mermaid, who never falters at her responsibilities. Enters Patricio, the prince with a surprising curse - one that makes people feel a deep sense of affection for him! He is repulsed by Marcela's overtures, as he perceives these to be a result of his curse, and does not believe that Marcela
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A lovely addition to the fantastic Blood Prince series, Divine Scales was a wonderful romance. I really liked this book. With its intriguing take on The Little Mermaid, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Marcela was a lovely heroine.Without the curse affecting her judgment, she was strong-willed and a force to be reckoned with. I thought she was a very likable character.

Patricio was a complicated character. At first, he had a tendency to be self-righteous and, though he might be justified
This was a retelling of the little mermaid and I loved it almost as much as I love the Disney version. Marcela is the daughter of Triton, and just like her sisters she takes her turn saving the human sailors from the dangers the ocean presents. Unlike Ariel from the Disney version that we all know and love, she isn't some air head that dreams of living life as a human. She is dedicated her her tasks as a daughter of Triton. That is until she meets Prince Patricio. But of course when he finds tha ...more
Jamie Gogocha
As I finished the third novel, I was really looking forward to starting Divine Scales and reading Patricio's story. It is a story based on The Little Mermaid, and I was curious how it would work.

I was a little bit disappointed for the first half or so of the book because it took longer for me to connect with the characters than it did in the first three novels. However, by the last few chapters, I was all swept away. I even cried toward the end! I just wish that more of the depth of the charact
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Jennifer Blackstream is a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She is amazed and grateful to have made a writing career out of a Master’s degree in Psychology, hours of couch-detecting watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and endless research into mythology and fairy tales. She firmly believes that whether it’s a village witch deciding she wants to be a private ...more

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