“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”
Read in March 2018
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s been months that I haven’t been that satisfied with a book. Actually my last 5 stars read was back in November, so that says something. This book had everything for me to adore, a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid where our female protagonist, Lira, is a Siren with a well-deserved nickname: The Princes’ Bane. Indeed, every year on their birthday, a Siren must steal the heart of a Human (and they mean that literally) and Lira never failed the tradition her mother started for her, as she now has seventeen royal hearts. And her mother, well she is no other than the half octopus (big Ursula vibes) Sea Queen, and she worked all her life to make Lira fit into her own mold by being abusive, manipulative and cruel, and by violently repressing any human emotion Lira may feel. And Lira is ready to follow her mother steps by being as brutal and as ruthless as it’s expected from her.
Let’s speak about the Prince now, but not just any Prince, a Pirate Prince. Elian lives for three things: the sea, his crew and his life mission of hunting and killing the Princes’ Bane(and any other siren who may cross his path). His kingdom and responsibilities suffocate him, making the sea the only place where he truly feels at home. I was so happy with Elian character that gave so much depth to the actual Disney Prince Eric. And his crew is the perfect example of perfection and diversity; their devotion for each other is inspiring. The story will bring Lira and Elian on a common mission on the same boat on which both want to cut each other’s throats if that’s the last thing they do.
“Love is a word we scarcely hear in the ocean. It exists only in my song and on lips of the princes I’ve killed. And I have never heard it from my mother’s mouth.”
Every single part of this book screams “perfection”; the world building was so neat I was instantaneously in sucked in from the first page until the very last. The slow-burn romance was so well balanced and believable, their tension was palpable. The way this book showed that blood is not what matters the most to make a family, whereas unconditional loyalty, acceptance and compassion are primordial. No matter what they say, you can choose your family, and who is worthy of your love. The side characters such as Madrid, Kye, Kahlia and Torik were as important as the main one and I admire that even though this book is a standalone, it left room for the side character to be their own selves. I loved the way female characters were getting along.
I’m aware this review is rather short compared to what I usually write, but I’m honestly afraid I’m going to say too much and spoil this for you, that’s why I’ll leave you here and tell you to go for it, if you’re looking for a fantasy standalone from a debut author (like I often do) this book is all you need.
“I’ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldn’t forget it.”
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?