The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia EmberThe Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember

The Seafarer's Kiss

byJulia Ember

Paperback | May 4, 2017

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Having long wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the merfolk’s fortress. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: Say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from the divine Loki. But such deals are never straightforward, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

Title:The Seafarer's KissFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.51 inPublished:May 4, 2017Publisher:Novelstream dba Interlude PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1945053208

ISBN - 13:9781945053207

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5/5 This was a really interesting book. Easiest description is LGBT characters + mermaids + Norse mythology. There were some odd character actions that the author didn’t quite handle the way I think logic dictates but it was a very unique twist/mash-up of stories. It’s a pretty accessible read whether or not you know lots about Norse mythology. The main character and her world’s problems we’re very interesting. It’s a slower pace but not boring. There’s potential for a sequel with the new ruler and world at the end but it’s also okay to be left as a standalone.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read YA fantasy! Going into this book I had a feeling I was going to really like it. There's not enough mermaid books but I tend to really love them when I read them. This book did not disappoint! My only possible complaint would be that I could have used a little more romance but that's just my personal preference. I think there's a lot in this book that would appeal to a lot of people. There's a young girl that doesn't want to fall into the expectations of society. She thinks she deserves more than just to make babies for their population (and rightfully so!). She also falls in love with someone outside her race, which is completely illegal in this book. She also thinks that something has to be done about the tyrant in power. There's a lot going on but it all works together into one great plot. We also see the main character grow throughout the story. She starts off knowing what she wants but she's not sure how to get it. Eventually she goes against her society and gets kicked out but that's when she starts to figure out that things are wrong even if she's the only one that think that. It's a message to us all to speak up when we know something is wrong. The short: this is a must read for any fans of YA fantasy!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars - pretty good read! When I picked this book up, I thought The Seafarer's Kiss was a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. But instead, it's more like the story of Ursula - which is an awesome twist! This short little book is a quick read, with an interesting story that makes it quite the page turner. Ember has created a detailed world that really sucks you in. I loved the references to the Norse gods and that the story focused on an LGBTQA relationship. It felt fresh and unique. Unfortunately, the character development was a bit light, and I struggled to connect with Ersel and her troubles. When Ersel found herself cursed with tentacles, I was more interested in it as a plot twist, rather than how it affected her emotional state. But maybe that's just me! Even with this shortcoming, I did enjoy The Seafarer's Kiss and I would recommend it. This is not Ember's first LGBTQA title, and I'm definitely interested in reading more.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An incredible reimagining of The Little Mermaid If you love unique retellings of classic fairy tales, this story is for you! Page after page I was delighted at the way Julia Ember spun her version of The Little Mermaid. I love retellings that have the bare bones of the story but take on a whole new life around that structure and that’s what she did. Our main character is Ersel and she lives a very different life from the mermaid we all know and love. She lives in the frigid waters of the ice shelf and she is not the daughter of the king, who is cruel and manipulative, but like Ariel, she is fascinated by humans. In her world, every female is valued for her fertility, but Ersel dreams of a life of adventure and free will. When it’s discovered that Ersel is one of the most fertile females in many years she begins to see that freedom slip away and takes extreme measures, making a deal with a trickster god, to secure her future. But everyone knows that when you make a deal with a god, things dont always go as planned. Will Ersel be able to best the trickster and discover the secret that the king has been hiding in the cold dark waters? I really enjoyed this retelling and found it hard to put down. At 230 pages it was a quick read and I didn’t feel that it needed to be longer, all the necessary components were there and it wrapped up quite nicely. There were a few parts of the story that felt rushed, a little ‘too easy’ for our protagonist, but overall the pacing and the flow felt right. I struggled to connect with the main character though, or any of the characters for that matter. I think they could have been more complex and mood/atmosphere of the story could have been stronger. Those two elements would have pulled me in a little more and I would have cared more about the outcome. I think what made the story engaging was how unique it was, even though I didn’t connect to the characters, I couldn’t wait to see how the author would interpret the story next, it was full of twists and surprises. It definitely kept me on my toes and I found that impressive in just 230 pages. And there was diversity, I can’t speak to how well it was represented, but I loved it! The romance came up short though, I loved the characters as individuals but I didn’t feel the chemistry between them as I was reading. Seriously, I could read a whole story just on Ragna, she is so sassy and tough as nails! Lastly, I just want to say how much I love the way the main character came to love and accept all forms of herself, and her love interest did as well which I think is important. That self-acceptance was something I didn’t think about until a few days after I finished reading but might have been the thing that left the most lasting impression. It’s such an important message for young readers and Julia has always written characters that don’t fit society’s idea of the classic heroine. You know the one I mean, she’s a size 2 wearing high heels and her shirt is still perfectly white after defeating the bad guy? Yeah, you won’t find her here and I think we need more stories about kick-ass girls that young readers can actually relate to. A huge thank you to Julia Ember for providing me with a copy of The Seafarers Kiss for review!
Date published: 2017-06-09