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The Seafarer's Kiss

(The Seafarer's Kiss #1)

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Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king. ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Emma Giordano
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars! Overall, I enjoyed this read, but I have some issues. Ultimately, it had so much potential but so many aspects fell flat for me.
(I’ll be discussing this book with my book club “The Biblio Book Club” on 8/17 at 9:30 PM EST at https://youtube.com/c/biannualbibliothon, come join!)

I liked the beginning of the book the best. The first third of the book was fresh, exciting, new, and magical! I haven’t read a mermaid book since I was a kid and forgot how much fun they could be. The middle was
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Video review (spoiler free) - https://youtu.be/v3tP4j2w95I

Trigger warnings for this book if you need them:
-Violence in the romantic relationship (goes unchallenged)
-Infertile women referred to as "broken" and "damaged" (this idea is challenged, but still giving you a heads up since it's a sensitive topic)

I was sent an early copy of this book by the author for review. All opinions are my own.

My real rating of this book is 3.5 stars. I loved a lot about it, but had to lower my rating because the
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✨    jamieson   ✨
“A single twist of white-blonde hair blew across her face and stuck to her half-frozen lips. When she noticed me, the edges of her eyes crinkled as though she were smiling, as if she had been waiting.”


She was a bisexual mermaid, she was a lesbian ice-maiden, can I make it anymore obvious?

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BOOK FOR A LONG, LONG TIME It's a retelling of The Little Mermaid, and also an Ursula origin story, featuring an f/f romance at the core between a mermaid girl and a human
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“But that was before I’d met a human: before I’d seen the depth, intelligence, even empathy, in Ragna’s eyes; before I knew that humans spoke the godstongue and smiled like starfish.”

First of all, we've got a chubby, bisexual cross between the little mermaid and Ursula, who falls in love with a badass lesbian viking, and has to face down the tricks and scheming of a gender-queer Loki (proper "they" pronouns and all). Julia Ember can just keep on keepin' on with this awesomeness, because I lived
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☙ percy ❧
Nov 14, 2016 marked it as ebooks-tbr
Shelves: tbr-standalone
"a retelling of the little mermaid"

oh for god's sake. i'm sick of the deluge of YA fairy tale retellings invading everywhe-

"featuring ursula outwitting loki to save the woman she loves"

GIVE. ME. IT. NOW
Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It was definitely a quick and fun read, but I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more if this had been a longer book. There were some scenes and character development I would have liked to have been more fleshed out.

I would also like to direct you to Trina's review, with trigger warnings for violence in a relationship and harmful attitudes towards infertile women: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Inge
The Little Mermaid meets Norse mythology with a bisexual protagonist - The Seafarer's Kiss is every geek's dream.
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I've had this strange desire all year long to read a story about mermaids, and this was the first I had the chance to crack into. I'd love to say that it met all of my expectations and blew me out of the water, but unfortunately I just wasn't entirely hooked. Something about it didn't quite reel me in. From subplots that just didn't float my boat, to aspects of the story that moved like they were caught in a riptide, this story
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Heidi Heilig
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A viking F/F Little Mermaid retelling? Oh my.



Brutal and fierce, THE SEAFARER'S KISS transports you to a frozen northern sea where a shipwrecked shieldmaiden tempts one mermaid to the surface. Under the ice, her people fight to survive the dangerous waters, but a jealous best friend, a wicked king, and a trickster god are even more deadly than the shifting currents. This lush, original retelling will take your breath away.

Inclusivity: The love story is f/f, the MC is fat, Loki is genderqueer.
Laura Lam
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid told from the point of view of Ursula (Ersel) with a Viking shield maiden and Loki causing trouble.

YEAH. YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
laura (bookies & cookies)
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2017-read
I finished this book nearly 2 weeks ago and have struggled to write my review since. My review will never be perfect and there will be others who have already reviewed this better than I could, but here are my jumbled thoughts on this book.

The retelling aspect was great! An underwater mermaid world set against the Artic North with belugas hanging around! This book perfectly combines all the aspects of The Little Mermaid with a Norse influence in very clever ways!

The MC Ersel is bi and there is a
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lov2laf
"The Seafarer's Kiss" is an immersive fantasy world steeped in Norse mythology and written from the perspective of Ersel, an independent, strong spirited nineteen-year-old mermaid.

The mer-people have come under the rule of a harsh and patriarchal king who only sees the mermaids' (vs mermen's) value in how many offspring she can produce for the clan. At Ersel's age she should be settling in to be selected by a mate and push out as many mer-babies as possible but instead she only dreams of being
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*

Thinking about The Seafarer’s Kiss makes my heart swell, swell, swell, that’s how much I loved it. IT IS SO AMAZING, GUYS. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it didn’t disappoint, not at all. In fact, it wasdifferent in more waysthan one and better than what I expected. I think it is scientifically proven
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Laura (bbliophile)
Review to come, but let's just say that I loved this one a lot
Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books
Thank you, Julia Ember, for my advanced reader copy of The Seafarer’s Kiss. I really appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.

The Seafarer’s Kiss is a breathtaking story about a mermaid and a human with Norse mythology and unforeseen plot twists woven into their story. This book will move readers that cannot get enough of magical, beautiful worlds and characters that are relatable in the way they are flawed and the way they grow. This is a book you need on your radar, as even though it
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
A retelling of The Little Mermaid - but with a twist. Overall, it was a decent read, but, similarly to The Tiger's Watch, the lack of character and plot development left me wanting more.

- I liked the protagonist, Ersel. She's a bisexual mermaid, a little selfish, but her growth in the book was a pleasure to read. In the end, I was pleased to see that she tried her best to make things right.
- Honestly, the sweet and goodnatured beluga whales were the best part of the book. They were so precious.
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CR Daylex
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read a few months ago as an ARC from the publisher and rated it when I read it, but have seen some controversy on twitter over the genderfluid character being a villain, so adding my quick note as a genderfluid reader. I liked Loki a lot. I loved how they were able to change forms and how clever they were. I thought their backstory was really sad and that they did get a kind of redemption in the end when they gave Ersel the information she needed to save her merclan. It's not a clear cut between ...more
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
The Seafarer's Kiss was an underwater adventure that filled my insides with so much joy. A retelling of The Little Mermaid with some Norse mythology in the mix, we have the story of a young mermaid trying to find freedom inside her frozen kingdom.

Full review soon.
chelsea
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book was so much fun to read. it wasn't particularly long either. the writing style is so easy to follow and fast paced. there were few moments when i was bored, but for the most part i couldn't put the book down!

i absolutely adored ragna. i found her so relatable (and cool?). ersel was (almost) as cool, even though she was the main character.

i found this a very interesting and unique take on the little mermaid. i love the incorporation of norse mythology and vikings. i've never thought of
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Dahlia
It's so nice when a book sounds really creative and cool and ambitious and then, like, yup! it's actually what it advertises to be and people who are super excited for that premise are totally gonna love it. If you think this book sounds excellent then do yourself a favor and preorder it now.
Mel González
"Forgiveness wasn't necessary, we couldn't change what we'd done, but I hoped that today we'd create something new, something good."

I think bisexual fat mermaids are my new favourite thing to read about. This book was an absolutely gorgeous, fun and adventurous read that introduced a lot of morally grey characters who didn't always make the best choices but who always grew and learned and were willing to sacrifice themselves for the people they loved. The writing was so innovative and unique
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Dakota★Magic in Every Book
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wlw
This book is overwhelmingly mediocre. I had issues with how several things were handled. Infertility is often equated with being broken and this idea isn't really refuted, and at one point the main couple exchange punches and it brings them closer together that they hit each other in anger?? Which is weird and an unhealthy behavior to be supporting. You shouldn't have to hit your SO to solve a fight or issue.

A lot of people have also told me the non-binary representation isn't handled well. I
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Alex Harrow
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and not just because The Little Mermaid used to be my favorite Disney movie and I'm kind of obsessed with anything related to mer folk to this day. This book is The Little Mermaid but it's also Ursula's story with plenty of really cool Norse Mythology thrown in. Oh, and did I mention that the main character is a fat, bi Mermaid? Seriously, love. Pick this up now. You're welcome.
neverwhere
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to neverwhere by: laura lam
Faerie tale retellings have long been a favourite of mine, the more subversive the better, and Julia Ember’s masterful reimagining of The Little Mermaid is one of the most clever and unique interpretations I’ve ever read.

Inspired both by the original Hans Christian Anderson literary tale and Disney’s now famous animated version, The Seafarer’s Kiss is narrated by Ersel, our ‘Ursula’, a chubby, adventurous mermaid frustrated by the claustrophobic and oppressive misogynist regime that is her home.
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Kelly Roberson
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

I loved this book so much!! Such an amazing interesting twist on the classic Little Mermaid story. I loved that it took a switch and focused more on the Ursula side of things than the Ariel perspective as well! Ersel was such a great main character, because while she was independent and smart, she also made mistakes and saw that in herself. I loved that the love interested was totally unexpected from where you would expect it to go at the beginning of the story. The feminist vibes were
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Ugh, what a slog. The idea (a bisexual retelling of The Little Mermaid infused with Norse mythology set in the Arctic) has definite potential but the execution was terrible. Flat, undeveloped characters (god, the main character was somehow incredibly annoying and insipid at the same time); a plot fuelled by one-dimensional patriarchal villains; writing full of telling instead of showing. I hate to give an #ownvoices bi book a bad review, but...
Charlotte Anne Hamilton
[[5 STARS]]

this was such a wild ride omg. full review will be up on my blog but i adored every second of this! such a unique retelling of the little mermaid!!

#diversitybingo2017 - mc with under-represented body
Ava
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so good. Wow. At least 4 stars.
Selene
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This just wasn't for me.
Angel
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow wow wow. I've heard so many wonderful things about this book, but I had no idea just how lovely it would turn out to be. Highly recommend picking this up, for anyone who enjoys fantastical and feminist stories.
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She is the author of The Seafarer's Kiss and The Navigator's Touch, released by Interlude Press/Duet Books in 2017 and 2018. The duology features Norse retellings of The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan and was heavily influenced by Julia's postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at the University of St.
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“But that was before I’d met a human: before I’d seen the depth, intelligence, even empathy, in Ragna’s eyes; before I knew that humans spoke
the godstongue and smiled like starfish.”
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