Today I have a review for Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez.
This novel is one that I received from Raincoast Books in return for a honest review.
Let’s jump into it!
Goodreads Rating: 4.02/5
Pages: 448 Pages
Published: June 5th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, and Retelling
Not you without me, not me without you.
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.
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This novel is one that I really had a hard time getting into, but once I did it was an absolute delight.
A quarter through this novel I hit a slight slump, I was working long hours and barely had time for a life, therefore I had even less time to read, but this novel got me out.
The writing in this novel was incredibly lyrical and captivating and it really tied the entire novel together to become something I couldn’t put down once I had invested myself. The writing itself was deserving of a 5 star rating, and I do think that if the writing wasn’t what it was, this book would not have been as good as it was.
The characters in this novel were one of the things that I didn’t find myself interested in as much as the storyline itself.
Our main protagonist, Branwen, was an interesting character to follow. She was brave, trusting, kind, and everything you’d expect the queen’s niece to be. She had class and incredible loyalty, despite the problems said royalty had tendencies to cause her. Overall I enjoyed Branwen, but there were moments in which I judged her decisions as well as the reasoning behind said decisions. It seemed as though she was making all of these dumb decisions without thinking, whereas throughout the rest of the novel she has such a level and smart mind. It didn’t connect.
I absolutely hated Branwen’s cousin, the princess, Essy. She was a selfish bitch and didn’t realize how idiotic she was absolutely all of the time. I hate how Branny and Essy had this incredible relationship that could have been so perfect, and then we got this horrible character. I understand now that she had to be horrible for a lot of the plot to occur, but that doesn’t make me less bitter. I got to a point in which I was comparing her to Nesta from ACOTAR.
Yes. I went there.
The rest of the characters were great. They all played a huge part in making the novel as intriguing as it was, and I definitely believed they all needed to have a place in the story.
Also, the queen was a badass.
As for the plot, it was a bit cliche. I guessed the huge plot “twist” that occured at the end of the book during chapter one and didn’t really find myself surprised with how events occurred. Despite this, I did enjoy reading the events as they occurred, so who am I to complain.
I do wish that there were moments in which us readers were really shocked to learn some things, but we still have the sequel for that, so fingers crossed.
All in all, this novel was a solid read. It had a lot of aspects to enjoy and a couple that were a bit “meh,” but I do think that if you’re a frequent YA Fantasy reader and enjoy some romance, this will probably be a book that you enjoy.
This novel is already out so I definitely recommend you go to your local bookstore and pick it up if you’d like to read it!
That concludes my review for Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez.
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