The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: ...more
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For a long time Ive assumed the reason I dislike most fictional romances is that Im a bitter lesbian sick of having heterosexuality shoved in my face everywhere I turn. That may still be the case, however, The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea proves that I can dislike fictional lesbian romance just as much as I dislike fictional straight romance.
Because that was my number one problem ...more
My unofficial blurb is that no word of my official blurb is remotely an exaggeration - it's one of the most compelling books I've read in ages, and I absolutely could not put it down. I did not expect such an incredible gender self-examination in such a wild adventure, or for the ...more
The diversity, the representation, the plot, the characters, everything about this book is 10/10.
I did assume from the cover that this was middle grade, which it is definitely not. This book isn't slow at all and the action starts right away, which I loved. It's fast paced without being rushed and the plot is so engaging, I would being reading for hours and never get bored.
I loved the characters so much. I ...more
Florian was born Flora. Flora and her older brother, Alfie, were orphans that were desperate for a place to go. They found a ship, The Dove, and had to prove themselves worthy to be a part of it. Flora had to be Florian and hide that she was born a girl. Flora did feel like Florian a lot, too. The captain of the ship was a horrible man. So was a man named Fawkes. Alfie was still traumatized by what Fawkes ...more
Full review to follow, but here are my initial thoughts:
🌊 Genderfluid Black pirate and queer Japanese noblewoman fall in love aND IT IS GLORIOUS!
🌊 Extremely fascinating mermaid lore!
🌊 Witches and ~*magic*~ in storytelling
🌊 Thoughtful critique about imperialism and colonialism
🌊 Nuanced exploration of class differences
🌊 Themes of self-discovery, sacrifice, ambition, and ...more
This book was such a unique spin on pirates, mermaids and magic. I enjoyed the dynamics of the characters and their relationships, but I felt it was a little rushed in some of the scenes. There were a few characters that I kept wanting more information about. More backstory and more internal reflection/emotions would have been nice. But overall, I enjoyed it.
I was not expecting to read a book like this. I was expecting a retelling of the little mermaid but I got something completely different. However, I did find the story very compelling and eye-catching so I did continue to read on. Florian's background as a pirate and orphan really captivated me and the rules he had to follow in order to ...more
Pirates, mermaids, the sea... these are all buzz words for me. I was looking forward to this book but was ultimately disappointed.
What I thought this book did well was the story itself and the LGBTQ+ rep. (If youre curious, there is a sapphic relationship, a gender-fluid character, and a non-binary character.)
What I thought this book needed some work on was the writing and editing, the character development, the context of story, and the world development.
This book ...more
Death, Violence, Alluded Sexual Assault
Japanese-Coded, Queer, Androgynous, POC-Coded
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Im really glad that I had the opportunity to read this book early, and I feel like I had a lot of ups and downs with this book. I dont ...more
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is a sapphic pirate romance novel fraught with tales of magic and mermaids. Need I say more? The story mainly focuses on two individuals, Flora/ian and Evelyn, who come together by chance (or fate) onboard a pirateship destined for...well, I won't spoil it for you. This book is full of ...more
Thank you so much Candlewick Press for sending me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall will be available at all good bookstores.
Okay, I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to read this book because pirates are not my thing, but after thinking what the heck? and going for it anyway, I am so so happy I did. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall ...more
I'm gonna be honest and say that I wasn't expecting to like this. Pirates and mermaids have always been a sore spot for me, and I have trouble getting into books that have anything like that. This book did a fantastic job of getting me to care for the characters and the overall story! I'll say that this book focuses more on the romance and not enough in the actual adventure. Because of that I dropped my rating a bit, bit I still enjoyed it!
I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for letting me get this e-arc early.
This story has quiet a few stories from the imperial girl Evelyn who doesn't fit in, unloved by her family. Flora/florian an orphan who got a job on sea with her brother. Who hides her identity to stay safe only to come out a strong person. Rake, a red headed spy working for the supreme trying to help him and the sea take vengeance on those who drank mermaid blood.
What a book! Second-world fantasy at it's finest! The world building was intricate and immersive, but blended seamlessly with the plot, so none of the details ever bogged down the story. The characters are immediately engaging, and there's so much tension! I also really enjoyed how the book takes the "girl dressed as a boy to blend in" trope and turns it on its head, giving us instead a moving story of Flora exploring her ...more