Historical Romance Book Haul

So I just got 65 Historical Romance books for the month of June-July AND I am still waiting for 14 more. 😅 In my defense I already had a budget for all of this cause I wasn’t able to get anything during the BBW sale this year so I don’t feel guilty at all. (Also I got them for VERY cheap prices *cheaper than BBW*)

Historical Romance was actually my FIRST ever favorite genre. I was collecting a bunch of them when I was still in college (cause they sell them pretty cheap at Booksale) but as time passed I started to change as a reader and I ended up giving away majority of my HR books except for the ones by my favorite authors.

Recently I have been in a very Historical Romance mood since it was the easiest for me to get into and finish (also it helped me get off my reading slump) so I spontaneously joined last month’s HRReadathon. Then after watching a ton of videos from booktubers I suddenly felt the impulse to get ALL of the HR books.

I got all of this from Booksale, Facebook Marketplace, Carousel and Shopee for very affordable prices that ranges from Php25-Php100 ($.50-$1.99) which was a STEAL!

I’ll categorize them by the places or sites I got them from (also will include links for the stores in Carousel & Shopee) so without further ado here is my June & July Haul!

Booksale *Southmall Branch*

*Php25-Php75 ($.50-$1.49)*

Since the college days Booksale has been my go to store for very cheap HR books. The one in Southmall isn’t that big and I have been going there almost everyday so I kinda memorize everything they have there. 😅

Facebook Marketplace

This are from 3 different FB Marketplace seller

*Php50 ($0.99) each*

This stack is also from FB Marketplace but I got all of them from 1 seller. 19 books w/ 1 free for Php950 ($18)

I had such good luck finding old and new titles in Facebook Marketplace and I really need to stay away from it for now cause I just keep wanting to get everything I see.

Carousel

@booksforkeeps

@trinkets_by_joy

@nykuh

@desdeclutters

I have had my Carousel account for years now and it finally got handy. You just need a ton of patience when looking for particular titles cause some are not categorized by author. I usually search “romance” or “historical romance”.

Shopee

@winny143

  • The Secret (Highlands’ Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood
  • Castles (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood

Very self explanatory but other HR books are way expensive here than the rest I have mentioned so I don’t really browse here a lot.

And that is the end of my haul (for now). I am quite happy with everything I got and I was able to complete series I have read and loved way back. As of now I am currently in the process of building my Lorraine Heath, Stephanie Laurens and Suzanne Enoch collection since I have loved there books since before.

With this books being way shorter and lighter than what I usually read I have gotten to most of the ones I got last month and HOPEFULLY by the end of this month I have gotten to more than half of my haul. ✌️

Historical Romance Readathon 2021 #HRReadathon

Today is the 28th of June and it is officially the start of the #HRReadathon hosted by Lacey @laceybooklovers, Jessica @peacelovebooksxo and Lisa @remarkablylisa on youtube and/or bookstagram. 💜

I have been in a Historical Romance mood for the past months since it has helped me get out of my slump and I am so excited for this readathon. I have also been accumulating a bunch of historical romance book from my local bookstore (for very affordable prices) and discovering new authors along the way. This has officially rekindled my love for this genre and I am not complaining at all.

The #HRReadathon will be running from June 28th until July 04, 2021. They have a 4×4 bingo board with 16 prompts that can help you decide your tbr for that week. IG prompst for the whole week are also given so if you want to join don’t forget to visit any of their accounts and use the hashtag #hrreadathon for your posts. 😁

I have stopped myself from choosing different books for each prompt cause I am sure I won’t be able to finish it in 7 days. 😅

Below are the 7 books I am planning to get to for the next 7 days that will fit into 11 prompts in the bingo card.

#HRReadathon TBR w/ prompts:

  • Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh (Bedwyn Saga #6)Class Difference
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners #1) by Lisa Kleypas – Self-Made Man
  • Love and Other Scandals (Scandalous #1) by Caroline Linden – Spinster, Wallflower, Purple Cover, Clinch Cover
  • If I Only Had A Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell – Wallflower, Purple Cover, Clinch Cover, Duke in the Title, Series
  • Blame It On the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell – Clinch Cover, Duke in the Title, Marriage of Convenience, Series
  • Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase – One Person in the Cover, Marriage of Convenience
  • Love With A Scottish Outlaw (Highland Weddings #3) by Gayle Callen – Clinch Cover, Scottish

Very excited for all of this and hopefully (fingers crossed 🤞) I could get to even half of it during this readathon! Wish me luck.

Book Tour Stop & Review: Across the Broken Tide by LaKase Cousino

Hi guys! Today is a very exciting day for me because I have been chosen as one of the tour host for LaKase Cousino’s debut fantasy novel “Across the Broken Tide”!

This is my very first book tour and I want to thank Caffeine Book Tours for selecting me to be part of this tour. Don’t forget to check the other tour hosts’ schedule with their content and reviews here. 💜

SYNOPSIS

In a world where the politics of court determines the future of every person in the kingdom, Dima has maneuvered her way not only into the good graces of the caliph as a tutor for his daughters, but into the heart of his son. However, when a prank goes a step too far, the childhood friends are separated in an effort to force them to grow into the people they are expected to become.

When a simple journey turns into a kidnapping, Dima is thrust into a strange land and must rely on a dark magical power that had been long buried in the sands of her home. But as her magic grows stronger and the tides of her new home rise, so do her darker temptations.

Caught between her heart and her magic, she finds herself struggling to choose who she will become. Through interactions with vikings, pirates, magical creatures who only speak in riddles, and forces hellbent on controlling everything she holds dear, Dima must discover who she is beyond the politics of the royal court.

BOOK INFORMATION ON-PAGE PRESENTATION
Title: Across the Broken Tide
Author: LaKase Cousino
Publisher: Written In Melanin Publishing
Publication date: 01 June 2021
Age group: New Adult
Genres: Fantasy
✭ POC (Black)
✭ LGBTQIAP+ 
✭ Religion (Muslim)
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✭ Battle Violence

THOUGHTS & RATING

“We all pay a heavy price when we live by duty instead of love.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

“I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.”

Across the Broken Tide is about a girl named Dima from Cordoba who is focused on fulfilling her duties and making the people who looked after her proud and never disappointed. Little did she know that once she leaves her comfort zone a whole adventure is awaiting her.

What I really loved about this book and what captured my attention completely was all the characters with such different colors, nationality, cultures, beliefs and personalities coming together and doing everything they can to prove what they believe in and face challenges together without bringing anyone down.

The character development of Dima was the most satisfying of all for me. From being the girl who only follows and does what is told and expected of her to being the brave and independent character she truly is made everything so much better and made her whole journey worthwhile.

This story was filled with adventure, action, love, acceptance, betrayal, loyalty, family and friends that will leave you at the edge of your sit and wanting to read more. It was beautifully written with a mix of mythology, fantasy and multicultural aspects with such beautiful landscapes and magical creatures that will both trigger your imagination and make you feel like you’re actually there with all of them.

(The part where the title was mentioned was an A+ with matching goosebumps experience for me. And that fight scene and ENDING! In need of the sequel as soon as possible! 😅)

I wouldn’t wanna say anything more cause I feel like it’s better to go into the story not knowing much and being surprised along the way. Highly recommended especially for people who love to read about cultures that are different from their own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LaKase Cousino is the author of historical fantasy, a musician, and Medieval History obsessive from the Midwest. Her debut novel Across the Broken Tide is forthcoming from Written in Melanin Publishing. When not writing, LaKase can be found reading about the 10th century or playing fetch with the family dog Ife.

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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

SYNOPSIS

From the founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family.

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.

THOUGHTS & RATING

⭐⭐⭐.75

“What is the job of a parent, but to teach a child she has worth so that one day she can transform herself into whatever she wants.

The Downstairs Girl is my first Stacey Lee book and the first book I have finished for the #stanasianauthors readathon.

This is a story about Jo Kuan, a Chinese-American girl who struggles to make a living and fit in due to the prejudice of the people during the reconstruction era of the South. She was a ladies maid during the day but at night she becomes the mysterious author “Miss Sweetie” of a newspaper advice column.

I really loved Jo as a character. She was a very strong, responsible, compassionate and opinionated person that you just can’t help to root for especially when everything was against her. I loved how she stands up for herself and didn’t let anyone bring her down just because of her nationality or even her gender. She has so much love for her family and friends and I feel like she is a character and a role model that will stick to you for a long time.

With the focus on racism, loss, social injustice I thought it would be harder to get into cause it tackles such heavy topics but upon starting it I wasn’t overwhelmed with everything that is going on. This was made possible by Jo as a character as well as Stacey Lee’s writing style. You wouldn’t feel depress cause even though a lot is happening you can still see and feel that by the end of the day Jo will be able to get through it cause of her personality and her conviction to what she believes is right.

The Downstairs Girl was a comfort read for me and made me realized a lot of things along the way. This was a story that have been a reality to many other people around the world. If you enjoy reading historical fiction with a badass asian character I highly recommend this.

Reading Slump. What to do?!

As we all know reading slumps are the bane of every readers existence. Not being able to read for days, weeks, months.. YEARS would make you think “Am I ever going to read again?!” (cause that is what happened to me back then 😅)

As someone who has experienced huge reading slumps countless of times I do have some tips and tricks on how to get rid of them. So if you are experiencing a reading slump right now don’t you worry. I gotcha!

Below is a list of 7 tips I have found to be the most effective way to get over a reading slump.

First off! Get off your phone or any gadgets. Yes I know. You want to binge watch or rewatch Shadow & Bone BUT you won’t be able to get to your book if you keep being distracted by the gadgets around you. So for now let go of the gadgets and try to read a few paragraphs of your current read.

Read your favorite book. If reading a new book puts you on a slump why not go back to that book you have reread countless of times but still absolutely love. You can never go wrong with a favorite, right?

Try a new genre. I actually tried this for my recent slump. I got tired of reading fantasy last year and the books I had was not appealing to me at all so I changed it up and started reading historical romance books. This wasn’t a new genre for me but I haven’t been reading much from this and it rekindled my love for it AND got me back on track. So put that Fantasy, Contemporary etc down and try a different genre. You never know. You might find a new favorite after.

Read shorter books. When on a slump reading a 800+ page book won’t help you. It might even trigger your slump more then you’ll not be reading for months! Start with something small and when you get the feeling you won’t go deeper onto your slump you can now pick up that big book.

Join a book club. Surround yourself with people who have the same interest as you. You can even talk about your own struggles with reading slumps and share your own tips and tricks.

Watch booktube videos or browse on bookstagram. This is what I usually do when I feel like the slump is slowly getting to me. I don’t know why but when I see a bunch of people hauling books or see them absolutely rave about a book I always end up missing reading then sooner or later I will be able to get back to it.

Lastly if everything fails Don’t Push Yourself. Don’t get mad at yourself for not reading. Think of it as taking a bit of a break. If you pressure yourself to read something you might end up hating a book that you were so excited to get to. So don’t panic. Breathe in. Breathe out. I am now allowing you to watch a few episodes BUT don’t go to hard that you’ll completely forget about going back to the books. 😉

Now.. any other tips and/or tricks of your own to get over a reading slump? Let me know down below.

Top 5 Wednesday: April Showers Bring May Flowers 💐

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes way back November 2013 and is still going strong! For more information and if you want to join click here to be redirected to the Goodreads page.

I have been a part of T5W for so long and I am so happy to be back and doing this month’s challenges/prompts. So the prompt for today is “books with flowers/plants in the cover” since we ARE welcoming the Month of May and as they say “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”

I first thought of sharing books I’ve read with flowers/plants on the cover but I thought why not post books that you WANT to read. Right? Right! So below are the 5 books I want to read with flower/plants on the cover.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge…Welcome to Hell.

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria…even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world…or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodore Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Out of all the titles I mentioned I am most excited with Pride and Premeditation which is a new discovery (literally saw it seconds before making this) and is said to be perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I absolutely loved SJTR so I added this to my want to read shelf as soon as I finished reading the synopsis!

Are any of the titles mentioned on your tbr?

Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag

I have been tagged by my good friend Angele over at Angele Reads Books to do this tag so thank you so much friend!

I have been trying to finish this since last week and well.. procrastination hits and I wasn’t able to do it. (But I was able to start Way of Kings so don’t get mad at me Angele). 😂

Goodreads has been my go to tracker since I started reading. This was also where I have posted my very first review before creating my own blog so when I want to post past reviews here I can go and check there (I might have to tweak some stuff before posting though). 😂 But I have actually removed a TON of titles on my Goodreads so we’ll see how this one goes.

This tag is originally created by GabsAboutBooks, so make sure to check it out and without further ado let’s get into the tag!

1. what is the highest rated book that you gave a low rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on average ratings and find the highest rated book you gave a low rating)

Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is actually becoming one of my all time favorite graphic novel with 4.65 ratings and a Goodreads Choice Winner last year. I gave this a 3 star and I really did enjoy it but I think I set my expectations to high after reading the 2nd volume (which was my favorite). Still highly recommended though.

2. what is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on average ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating)

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

This was actually a shock for me cause I LOVED this book and is one of the top books I have read last year (review here). It has a 3.82 rating on Goodreads but I gave it 4 stars.

3. what is the most popular book you disagree with the average rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on number of ratings, and find the first book you disagree with the average rating)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I know this was a classic with over 1,896,232 ratings and a 4.13 rating but I gave it a 2.5 star. This was actually a book I read way back because of the hype it was receiving and the movie coming out. This was also the very first review I made on my past blog but honestly speaking, now that I’m thinking about it.. I don’t remember what really happened in the book.

4. what is the least popular book you disagree with the average rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on number of ratings, in reverse order, and find the first book you disagree with the average rating)

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

I have been on a historical romance kick since the year started and this was one I did enjoy and gave 4 stars (I think I’m starting to like Duke-Governess romance). But on Goodreads it only has 2,074 ratings and an average of 3.80 rating.

5. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating?

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Goodreads 3.87. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson Goodreads 3.79. Gave both of this books 4 stars. HIGHLY recommended!

6. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating?

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Goodreads 3.66. This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan Goodreads 3.67. Gave both of this 2 stars.

7. Choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating?

Fire by Kristin Cashore Goodreads 4.09. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn Goodreads 4.07. Gave both of this 3 stars.

And that is the last question for this tag. Doing this made me realize a few things. I have been using Goodreads for 7 years now (joined on 2014) and back then I have made decisions based on the ratings they show here. Good thing I stopped doing that cause I found out that me and Goodreads do not agree as much as I though. How bout you guys? Do you agree with the average ratings of the book you’ve read so far? Anyone feeling the same way as I do?

Feel free to do this tag if you want to!

May TBR & Stan Asian Authors Readathon

I chose my May TBR last night and let me tell you… I might have been a bit ambitious for this month. 😅

May is the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month so I decided to join Year 2 of the #stanasianauthors readathon hosted by the lovely Eunice of Nerdy Talks Book Blog and Kath of The Last Reader.

(To know more about the readathon you can visit any of their instagram accounts here and here.)

#StanAsianAuthors tbr (w/ prompts):

I was also so happy that I was able to fit this 2 following books for my TBR this month cause I really wanted and NEEDED to get into them (not part of #stanasianauthor tbr)

April Wrap Up

April, for me, was a very successfull reading month cause I was able to read 9 books (3 from TBR)!

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (The Winternight Trilogy #1) ☆☆☆☆
  2. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen #1) ☆☆☆
  3. To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn (Bridgertons #5) ☆☆☆
  4. The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan (The Rogue Files #3) ☆☆
  5. This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan (The Rogue Files #4) ☆☆
  6. What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell (School for Dukes #1) ☆☆☆☆
  7. Elle (s) by Kid Toussaint, Aveline Stokart ☆☆☆
  8. Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan (Trese #1) ☆☆☆☆
  9. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens ☆☆☆☆

Hoping this would continue for the rest of the year so I could finally accomplish my Goodreads Reading Challenge cause for the past years I have always missed 2-3 books when it comes to this challenge.

Readathons has also been a big help for me this month and I plan to do and join more in the following months.

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

SYNOPSIS

A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel.

Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.

That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope… 

THOUGHTS & RATING

⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I know we’re young,” he blurted. “I know that we met under stressful circumstances. I know that I’m a prince and you’re a merman. But I also know that I’ve never felt this way about anyone else. I know we’re both the last, and we’ve felt alone. But we could be alone together.”

First of all can we appreciate how gorgeous the cover for this book is? I’ve actually first saw this on bookstagram and made a mental note to get into it as soon as it is released because I absolutely fell in love with the cover.

Honestly speaking I didn’t really think of this as similar to the Pirates of the Carribean but more on a queer take on The Little Mermaid. I have actually debated on what star rating I should give this book and instead of the average 3 stars I bumped it up to 4 stars cause I really did enjoy the story. Although this theme has been used multiple times I love how it was different in the sense that it isn’t dark, mature or full of tragedy. After reading too much fantasy the past year I needed something light and romantic for a change.

The story as well as the characters made it so much easier to get into. I adored Athlen and how naive he is to the world around him and I just want to protect him at all cost! I love the innocence and the vibrancy of Tal and Athlen as main characters. I love the relation of Tal “Tally” with his brothers and sisters. How it showed how much he could and would sacrifice to keep his family and his country safe even though he, like Athlen, doesn’t know much of the world since he was kept out of it because of his magic.

F.T Lukens briefly touched on topics like betrayal, forgiveness, hope, power, differences and acceptance but as Little Mermaid’s story this does center around the heart warming, fluffy and the innocence of Tal and Athlen’s first love. Even though both of them are so different with one another and from everyone else they held on to the belief that as long as they are together they will never be alone.

I can say that this is a book you would enjoy reading either at the beach on vacation or at the comfort of your home. Even though this wasn’t as action packed as the books I have been reading I did end this book with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart.