Beneath the Haunting Sea
It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision o ...more
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One of my blogger friends dumped an ARC of this on me a while ago and I never read it because I am a bad person. Recently, I was offered a review copy of BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH, only I didn't realize it was the sequel to this because the covers didn't match. Because I am an honest person, I figured I should probably read the prequel before diving into the sequel, so I (belatedly) read this "ARC" of BtHS at last.
I hated this book. ...more
This book is for you if you like:
Betrayal, true love, heartbreak, adventure, a boy who plays piano, a mysterious library, an immortal tree, and an intensely malicious evil sea goddess. I like to pitch it as Jane Eyre meets The Silmarillion, with kissing. ...more
What else do you need?! An excellent début.
ehhh. i won't lie, part of me strongly despises the romance in this novel. it's a complicated, messy thing, and i wish it didn't exist, because i'm honestly failing to see how it was even important. other than to cause unecessary drama.
in any case! the first part of the book was really slow. it was only after the long voyage that things got interesting, but even somewhere in the middle, some parts lagged. my favourite parts were the scenes with Wen, the sweet, quiet little angel. i adored hi ...more
****some spoilers ahead****
Beneath the Haunting Sea is a gorgeously bittersweet and completely immersive Gothic Fantasy. Though it is a very singular story, it also gives allusions to some of my favorite literary works: The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien's Silmarillion, Jane Eyre... sigh... ♥ ♥ ♥
This book stands out from so many others in the YA genre. Firstly, because it's a standalone (PTL!) and secondly, because the writing is ma ...more
there were moments where i really enjoyed the story (anything with wen) and then there were moments of complete boredom (the myths/history).
there were times where i skim-read (the legend retellings) and times where i was completely engaged (again, anytime wen showed up).
so i think you know where my priorities were. lol.
overall, not a bad story. i enjoyed some parts of it, just not all of it.
↠ 3 stars
"The Silmarillion meets Jane Eyre, with kissing."
THAT line is all I needed to see.It got my attention.
Delicious eerie dark plots in the same vein as Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.
Mythical goddess?Secrets lying deep in the sea?
I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.
Oh!Have I mentioned?
I have a serious weakness for drowning or diving girls on covers. ...more
SEA was initially not a page-turner for me, though that's quite likely due in part to the fact that I was reading it at a chaotic and overwhelming mo ...more
I loved Echo North last year, so I wanted to read the author's previous book. And wow, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a title that definitely fits this beautiful book. The prose I loved in Echo North was already in this debut novel, but this is a very different story. If you didn't like Echo North, you might still enjoy this one, and if you loved Echo North, you might not love this one as much. I read comparisons with The Silmarillion, which is a masterpie ...more
Beneath the Haunting Sea first landed on my TBR due to its stunning cover, and the more I heard about it, the more excited I became. I love books involving forgotten tales laced in magic and mystery, and I couldn't wait to see what Joanna had in store for us here.
The Result? Combining an unforgettable world, fearless characters, and an age old mystery, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a fantastic read from start to finish.
Beneath the Haunting Sea is told through Talia's perspective. When she ...more
The issues I had were the relationships and characterization. Tahlia we know is very independent, stubborn, and adventurous. She also, throughout most of the book, is not superstitious and does not believe in the ...more
A-/B+ | If there’s one book I can hold up as the PERFECT example of how to do mythology, this is that book. The mythology within this gothic book is stunning. And the worldbuilding? chef kiss. You guys know how much I adore excellent worldbuilding. This rich mythology and worldbuilding are wrapped up nicely with a super exciting (but not so well-paced) plot and characters you want to strangle and hug. Unfortunately, this doesn’t get a perfect grade because of it’s pacing and unnatural, forced ro...more
The only reason I knew this book existed was because of NetGalley and seeing the sequel on there. The sequel sounded interesting and so I decided to request it knowing that I would need to read the first. Usually, this could be a very bad thing. I am glad that it worked out and that I enjoyed this book! It was different than what I thought it would be and I only had a couple minor issues with the book overall.
When I first heard of Beneath the Haunting Sea, I was intrigued by the premise and in love with the cover (seriously, how gorgeous is it?). Once I started reading, I was utterly enchanted. This atmospheric story slowly draws you in and, before you know it, you're turning the last page. This is one of the few books where, after I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I was done.
The mythology is blended absolutely perfectly with the story. It ...more
Talia is going to be having a her coming of age party in a few days, but she has been summoned to see the ailing Emperor. Talia has been shocked to find out that she is really the daughter of the Emperor and he has made her his heir. But the day of the party comes and the Emperor does not show and Talia has to make her own announcement when Eda walks into the party and tells everyone the Emperor is dead and she is th ...more
I just finished reading Beneath the Haunting Sea and I LOVED IIIIT!
It took me a little while to get into it because the opening was so different from the rest (you have to make it past the desert palace and the voyage) but the second Talia s ...more
A beautiful, resonant story that aches, inspires, and enthralls. Joanna Meyer's prose flows and sings like music, as music itself becomes one of its most prominent themes - coming alive from the very pages, making its images dance before our eyes. I don't think you'll find a more exquisitely written book, as you can hear the haunting call of the waves, feel the textures of salt, earth, and sea, and sense every inch the power of myth vibrating through each paragraph and sentence. ...more
- First off, there was a lot of girl-on-girl hate for no other reason than to make Talia an epic martyr - which she only came off as a Mary Sue. Eda hated her for no reason at all since they were kids and then poor Blaive was repeatedly ma ...more
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