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Wild Savage Stars

(Sweet Black Waves #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, Wild Savage Stars is the spellbinding sequel to Sweet Black Waves.

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Imprint
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSparks for promotional purposes.

I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.

I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy but um okay wow this book was even more insane. It was a roller coaster of emotions. This book picks up right where the last book left off and from then on just continues all the craziness.

At first I was a little intimidated to read this because I saw the massive character list in the beginning and was a bit overwhelm
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I received an ARC through my job at a library.

Quick review: if authors could stop making me feel emotions of intense love that I reserve for my dogs and my dogs only, that's be great. (Context, I like dogs more than humans.) If you liked Sweet Black Waves, I'd honestly be floored if you didn't like this. Consistent characters & writing, development of the new land and it's politics, and the lingering feeling from Sweet Black Waves that "something's not quite right."

I feel so empty! Why did I rea
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Here I am again torn on what to rate this book. In fact, this one had soooo much more drama and angst than the first one.

To be honest, about half way through the book, I was so tempted to put it down and try another time because between being so depressed and gut wrenching pissed...I believe it was bad for my stress levels to continue.

I asked the same question over and over again... "Why the hell does Brenwan continue to put Essy first when it only ends up hurting herself?" I was pissed and was
I’ve had so many thoughts whilst reading this book, but the most prominent is this: this series would have really thrived as an intricate, politically complex adult fantasy, and it becomes really obvious in this second book.

(Or maybe I just want these books to be longer.)

There’s nothing wrong with this book being YA at all, but if given a longer word count like an adult fantasy, this story could really thrive and develop. Looking into some of the narrative events and themes presented in this bo
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*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Historical
*Rating* 4.0


Wild Savage Stars is the second installment in author Kristina Perez's Sweet Black Waves trilogy. Sweet Black Waves is a retelling of the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Iseult, from the perspective of Branwen. The story is a tragedy about the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult who either on purpose or by mistake, drank a love potion. Wild Savage Stars begins shortly a
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Last year I read Sweet Black Waves and was immediately pulled into the amazing world Kristina Pérez created. The retelling of Tristan and Iseult was unique and heartbreaking and I could not wait to dive back in, so of course I was thrilled when I received an early copy of Wild Savage Stars!

This story picks up immediately after Sweet Black Waves leaves off, with Branwen, Tristan, and Essy arriving in an enemy kingdom. Everything and everyone is a mess af
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last year I read Sweet Black Waves, which is a retelling of Tristan and Eseult myth, and fell in love with it. I was eagerly awaiting the second book, Wild Savage Stars. And, wow, it was so worth the wait, it did not disappoint. Wild Savage Stars is even better than Sweet Black Waves in my opinion.

This book is achingly romantic, brutal, lyrical, magical, and heart-wrenching. It was an emotional roller-coaster that I didn’t want to get off of. I couldn't stop thinking about it days after I fini
A massive improvement on Sweet Black Waves - Wild Savage Stars introduces characters who have more depth and are consequently much more interesting. Eseult is less whiny and at times shows signs of a growing maturity (at times, I could even admire her); Branwen is less angsty and increasingly fuelled by an entirely understandable rage; and there's a step up in world-building and politics. While I'm not entirely invested in anyone (except perhaps Marc), I at least have some sympathies now. Wild S ...more
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

Following on from the dramatic climax of Sweet Black Waves, Branwen and co have now landed in Kernyv, and Eseult is preparing to marry King Marc. Because of Eseult and Tristan's betrayal on board the ship, Branwen has to work extra hard to ensure that no one discovers what happened, and protect the tentative peace between their two nations. Meeting the Kernyv royal family, from King Marc, to the Dowager Quee
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved, loved, loved "Sweet Black Waves" but if I am being honest I have to say that this book is even better than the first. (And now I am silently crying because I need to know what happens to my beloved Branwen!!)
This novel picks right up where the previous one ends; Branwen, Tristen and Essy have landed and Essy is less than thrilled to me
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A deepening of the story that Perez so ably began in Sweet Black Waves. The character of Branwen continues to be compelling despite (or because of?) her flaws. The introduction of a sympathetic and admirable King Marc, the interesting mercurial Ruan, and the formidable queen mother makes this book a pleasure to read. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I blew through it in just a few days! So curious about what will happen in the third book.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, good-shit
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Christine Spoors
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Sweet Black Waves, so I was over the moon when I won an ARC of this book from the author’s instagram. I loved it just as much as the first and think this series will always be a favourite. I just love the setting and Celtic folklore so much!

I can’t say much without spoiling the first book, but Branwen’s life is very stressful. The wait to find out how her story ends will be agonising! I really enjoyed meeting new characters in this book, especially Ruan!

The discussions surrou
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: actual-tbr

but in all seriousness, I am not fine :)

Branwen is so amazing I just can't. She's not one to bend, like, at all. She does what she believes is right, even though it may be dangerous, even if it may hurt someone, she does it wholeheartedly. She seems like an anti-hero almost at certain times, and I LOVE it. I read this in one sitting, one day before it officially comes out (Barnes and Noble had it in sale early thank God!) so I'm dying because I have to wait an ent
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just...
The book was utterly amazing. I loved every single word of it.

But Essy...let's talk about Essy. Branny made mistakes, I get it. But Essy is selfish and self-serving at every turn. She expects Branwen to clean up her every mess. Whenever something happens, she throws her hands in the air and wait for Branwen to come swooping in. I dislike Eseult with a burning passion. I really, really dislike her.
2-1/2 stars.

If I thought Sweet Black Waves broke my heart, Wild Savage Stars ripped it out and stomped on it. Multiple times.

This book picks up pretty much right after the end of book one. There will be spoilers from book one, but I'll try to keep what happens here on the down low. Branwen is of course devastated by what happened between Tristan and Essy, but she has to accept the blame as she is the one who made the potion that caused their actions. More importantly, Tristan is overcome with gu
Erin Arkin
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yeah...I'm going to need book 3 real soon.

Review to come.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! It is an easy read, I got swept up in it from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Kristina Pérez’s debut Sweet Black Waves last year and fell in love with her story. It’s one about love – love for your motherland and its people, love for your family, of the sister of your heart, and of love found unexpectedly. Pérez put her own spin on a legend that has been repeatedly told and romanticized over the centuries, breathing fresh life into it by focusing on a different character. It was an exciting start for a new series, and with the way it ended, I knew that I just have ...more
Isa (Pages Full of Stars)
This is quickly becoming one of my favourite YA series, although reading it is also so so frustrating!

I know it's a retelling and that it needs to stick to the backbone of the original story, but there were so many moments as I was reading, when I just wanted to shake the characters and talk some sense into them, haha. I think for the first time, I wish that the story could go a different way and not follow the original tale.

I still enjoyed it immensely but I decided to give it 4 stars, because
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, fantasy
I finished this last night and OH MY I need the third one! It’s been a bit since I’ve felt invested in a YA fantasy series and I’m so happy I chose to read this. I loved this sequel even more than the first. It’s beautifully written and introduces some amazing new characters. These books are a bit slower paced but they’re never boring. The drama! The angst!
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Originally posted on The Fandom**

There’s something especially haunting and stunning about reading Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves series. Perhaps it’s because the original legend in which it finds its bearings– Tristan and Iseult— is a tragedy, and you anticipate that dark, destructive energy right down to your bones. Perhaps it’s because we see Branwen become the main character, giving her light and agency that gets you invested in her side of the story, even as life crumbles around he
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Usually the second book in a trilogy is terrible compared to the first. I was surprised because this wasn't the case. Wild Savage Stars was immensely better than Sweet Black Waves.

It picked up right where Sweet Black Waves left off, with Branwen, Tristan, and Essy arriving in enemy territory where Essy will marry a king she doesn't know, love, or want to marry. Branwen transforms into Essy and Tristan's guardians since she dedicates all her time to keeping them away from each other before King
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd been intrigued by Wild Savage Stars since I met Kristina Pérez at the recent Comic-Con event put on by Tor. Her premise? The myth of Tristan and Isolde, retold in a YA format through the eyes of Isolde's handmaiden, Branwen. So when I requested this book on Netgalley- and it was accepted- I sat down to read it almost immediately.

I did this without realising it was the second in a series, but as it turns out, it didn't matter. This book was where all the juicy action lay, where all the charac
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is just not a book I enjoyed reading- though I do believe that's more to do with the topic matter then the writing itself.
As the writing must be pretty good to make me feel such levels of rage, anger and annoyance, that mange to affect my day 😅

I quite enjoy the politics and the world-building, and I love the different religions and how they're incorporated into the world.
But my GOD do I hate Eseult.
It's hard to enjoy a book when the subject matter is such a whiney selfish cow. I don't thin
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-tbr

I mean I’ve read over 150 pages each day yesterday and today and I NEVER do that. This really shows how amazing the book is. It’s so much better than the first book and I understand everything Branwen is doing, I just wish she could confide in SOMEONE. Keeping so many secrets to yourself is not healthy nor good and I can definitely see the consequences of that in Branwen.

I’m loving Ruan and Branwen together a
Barred Owl Books
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, Wild Savage Stars is the spellbinding sequel to Sweet Black Waves.

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart―and finds herself considering a darker path.

Not ev
Amber Medley
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so stressed out I don't even want to talk about it! This is NOT what I was expecting and now I need to lie down and process

I truly didn't think a book could hurt me as much as book one did. I lost sleep over the ending of that book and over a year later, still think about it frequently. Needless to say I have stayed up to 4am thinking about this book with over half of the story still to be read. I truly don't know how I'm going to recover!
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I utterly hated almost everything about this - every time I thought it was about to move on from endless unnecessary romantic drama it double down on it!

The politics was good, and I liked a lot of the parts about being in Kernyv. But I went from liking Branwen and Tristan, to hating them. And Eseult really has little to recommend her to start with.

The only saving characters were Andred, Marc and Vivica.

Someone summarise how it ends for me, I can’t put myself through this again.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had everything I enjoyed about the first book and more great character development. I enjoyed seeing the new land and meeting new characters. I also appreciated that while this book left me really excited to continue the series it also felt like a full story on its own and not just the middle of a series. All around an excellent book.
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Kristina Pérez is the author of THE MYTH OF MORGAN LA FEY (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge.

Her debut YA Fantasy, SWEET BLACK WAVES––a Tristan and Iseult retelling––was published by Imprint/Macmillan on June 5th, 2018. The sequel, WILD SAVAGE STARS was published on August 27th, 2019. The conclusion to the trilogy, BRIGHT RAVEN SKIE

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