“Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities.”
Rating: 5/5 stars
Sirens. Princes. Betrayals. Oh my!
Have you ever read book before that you could describe as delicious? Because that is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. From the very first page until the very last I was hooked.
First of all, if you give me any type of Little Mermaid retelling it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will be on board with it. But pair it with Alexandra Christo’s storytelling and you have one of the best YA fantasy/retelling novels I’ve read in a long time. Second of all, if you give me any type of prince who could be Nikolai Lantsov’s long lost brother, who also happens to be a pirate, you better believe I’m dropping everything to read it. Third, if you give me any type of lethal female MC with a tongue sharper than any sword, I’m waiting outside the bookstore weeks before the book comes out. Not really, but you get my point. So it’s really a no brainer that this was a five star read for me because it had not one of these, not two, BUT ALL THREE.
The story follows Lira and Elain. Lira, one of the most lethal sirens, also known as the Prince’s Bane, happens to be the daughter of the evil Sea Queen. She hunts princes and rips their hearts out every year on her birthday saving the hearts for power. Elain, is the Prince of Midas, who would rather spend his days out in the sea hunting sirens, especially the Prince’s Bane, rather than one day ruling a kingdom.
Do you see where this is going?
One day Lira and her cousin happen to get on her mothers bad side (as if she even has a good one 😔) and Lira’s punishment is to return to her mother with the siren-killer prince’s heart. Except Lira is now human, with all of her powers lost. Elian, finds a human girl drowning in the middle of the ocean with no other ship in sight and pulls the girl aboard his ship. She tells Elian she knows the secret to ridding the sea of all sirens. And so begins our story of a dangerous tango between a siren hunter and prince killer.
P.S – Sorry if that sucked but I hate writing a synopsis of stories HOWEVER I want you all to see how amazing this one is because I love you all so much.
Things you can look forward to in this:
- Phenomenal world-building
- Banter like you’ve never read before, seriously, Lira and Elain are a riot together even during serious battle scenes they were still sarcastic assholes to each other, it’s amazing
- Romance that is NOT insta-love, it was the slow burn type of love that fuels my soul
- Top notch battle scenes that will have you ripping through the story
- Side characters that you are actually invested in
- THE FACT THAT THIS IS A STANDALONE. SO MUCH YES!!!!
- Lira’s character growth was really fun to read about
Also, Elain said in the book to the Sea Queen “sorry, I don’t speak bitch”, and I’m pretty sure I have never loved a character more in my life.
All in all, if you loved the Little Mermaid read this. If you like betrayals, forbidden romance, pirates, sirens, and epic battles READ THIS. Matter of fact, stop reading this review and go get yourself a copy of this, you won’t regret it.
Until next time!