The Dark Tide
The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.
Every year on St. Walpurga's Eve, Caldella's Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking....more
Hero x villain love story? Tasty.
Sapphic Hero x villain love story featuring witches and a sinking island city? DELICIOUS ...more
The writing, while not quite up there with my favorites, was just lyrical enough to carry the fairytale/myth style of this story well. It was also still practical and simple enough to generally understand what was going on, even in fight/action scenes. It definitely, when combined with the story itself, made some scenes hit quite hard, and I loved the style it gave to ...more
As dark YA fairy tales go, I quite enjoyed this one. Lately I have been disappointed with some of the YA fantasy books I've read in the last couple of months so I was glad that this wasn't the case. While I thought there was a little bit of pacing issues, I found that I enjoyed the characters, the world-building, and the fantasy elements - especially the magic. This had so much of what I love. I mean what's not to love? It's about a girl who tries to save her crush from being sacrificed for a ...more
The worldbuilding is fantastic! That can't be taken away. Not to mention that the plot caught me right away. It was different than what i usually read, and I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. There are moments where i got frustrated, but I was always able to bounce back eventually. There's a lot of queer rep here, and it's all done really well and seems just so natural. Like, the worldbuilding and societal settings are nearly perfect, and you almost don't realize ...more
My only problem is that I just wanted more from the characters--I really liked our MCs, but I didn't feel invested in their romance. I easily could have read 200 more pages if it would have given us a deeper relationship between Lina and Eva.
I feel that it was incredibly hard for me to connect with the characters, which disappointed me a bit. I usually feel that when reading a book, I like to root and resonate with the protagonists of the book, so I can relate to them, and wish the best for them in their journey. It's what makes the plot interesting because ...more
I received a DRC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Caldella has been sinking for hundreds of years, and ever since one witch made a vital sacrifice, there is only one way to delay it. The dark tide demands a sacrifice, and the tears of the Witch Queen, shed for the one she loves and is losing. A barbaric ritual made worse by the fact that Eva, the current Witch Queen, has no heart, so the ritual won't work for her, no matter how the handsome the boys her fellow witches try to ...more
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The Witch Queen has your heart's delight.
Hold him, hold him, hold on tight.
Hide him, hide him, out of sight.”