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The Dark Tide

(The Dark Tide #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  41 reviews

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.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
i need to read this story immediately. wow.

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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I got hold of an arc and now Ive ascended to a higher plane of existence


Hero x villain love story? Tasty.

Sapphic Hero x villain love story featuring witches and a sinking island city? DELICIOUS

Wow, why didn't anybody tell me this got a cover??? It's so pretty!!


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Candace Robinson
Loved the atmosphere of this and the wonderful prose!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
not to be nsfw on main but i want to r*st my head on evas should*r

rep: bi mc, lesbian mc(?)

Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, not-shelved
The atmospheric feel of this book was like a mix between Caraval and Three Dark Crowns and the world was so interesting. But the characters felt a little two dimensional to me and I didnt connect with any of them even tho I truly wanted to. Such a cool concept! ...more
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
"sacrifices herself to her sinking island-city's Witch Queen in order to save the boy she likes, but ends up falling in love with the witch herself"

hell yeah babey
Megan ❀
Jan 10, 2020 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Witch queen? A f/f romance? A cover that gives me Shadow and Bone ARC cover vibes? SIGN!!! ME!!! UP!!!
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I was expecting a lot from this book (definitely one of my more hyped debuts of 2020), and it honestly met all those expectations.

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
Julia ✨
Thank you Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the ARC.

not to be nsfw but this is everything i've ever needed.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

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
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Dec 17, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for the ARC.

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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Oct 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020
Scotland and a F/F romance is like everything I'd like in a book so...
Laura Mitchell Hutchinson
Feb 03, 2020 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA book lovers, people who love magic/fantasy
I love how completely unapologetic this story is with the bisexual love story and supporting LGBT inclusive/ally characters. Not even a wink of their situations being 'strange' or 'shameful' - this is lgbt storytelling as it should be! Once I got my head around the world of Caldella and the Witch Queen's palace I was gripped into the action scenes, dark twists and turns. Can't wait for everyone else to read this so we can discuss...!
Last Book Marauder
Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
A f/f Beauty and the Beast retelling - This is all I have ever wanted!
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy
3.25/5 stars

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
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as tbr-fantasy
I think so!! When you tell me I will like a book if I like CARAVAL.. Yes, I will give this book a try! Don't let me down!!!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Gorgeous writing! The author has a wonderful way with words. I loved how this story subverted multiple fairytale tropes.

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.
Anneke Ja
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read

i need this right now.
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: june-2020, 2020, lgbt-2020
"that follows a teen who sacrifices herself to her sinking island-city's Witch Queen in order to save the boy she likes, but ends up falling in love with the witch herself"

anna grace 🌈
this sounds SO good oh my GOSH
Emma Yoloswag
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
A girl tries to save her crush from a witch queen but falls for the witch instead??? I'm so gay for this
Emilee  Reads
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so incredibly excited to pick up this book, because of ( my friends mainly, I must admit. ) I've heard mixed feelings about this book and wanted to chip into the reviews.

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
Andria Sedig
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as dnf
I was drawn in by the cover and then hooked by the synopsis. I think what I struggled with is that this book drops you right into the middle of a huge cast of characters during an important festival with very little world building and the plot takes off at a breakneck pace.I felt like I was constantly catching up with this book and just found the lack of structure and world building really confusing, which made the book a lot less enjoyable. This book has a lot of potential,  but it ultimately ...more
Tria Christine
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel as well as the author's approach to gender fluidity in many character. Lina is strong and impulsive but also loving and protective. It was a love story that wasn't. The Dark Tide was an easy read, but I also felt like there were times when details had been glossed over and I really wish it hadn't felt so rushed. I liked the author's voice and her wordind but found myself adrift several times.
Mar 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come soon!
Mar 25, 2020 marked it as arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Gay girls and witch queens, sign me up forever
Starr ❇✌❇
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
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