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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magicAboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival don t trust, don t stick out, and don t feel But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow Flora doesn t expect to be taken under Evelyn s wing, and Evelyn doesn t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all encompassing Sea itself This book is SO GOOD I wasn t expecting it to be amazing as it is and I m blown away The diversity, the representation, the plot, the characters, everything about this book is 10 10 I did assume from the cover that this was middle grade, which it is definitely not This book isn t slow at all and the action starts right away, which I loved It s fast paced without being rushed and the plot is so engaging, I would being reading for hours and never get bored I loved the characters so much I e This book is SO GOOD I wasn t expecting it to be amazing as it is and I m blown away The diversity, the representation, the plot, the characters, everything about this book is 10 10 I did assume from the cover that this was middle grade, which it is definitely not This book isn t slow at all and the action starts right away, which I loved It s fast paced without being rushed and the plot is so engaging, I would being reading for hours and never get bored I loved the characters so much I enjoyed the diversity and representation so much I can t remember the last time I read a diverse fantasy YA book thatI enjoyed so much.The writing was wonderful and the concept was fantastic I honestly have nothing negative to say about this book, I enjoyed it so much It s been such a long time since I ve loved a YA book so much and The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is everything I needed from a YA book andI highly recommend picking up a copy There may come a day when it s about pirates and it s also queer doesn t immediately make me click want to read, but it is not this day The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea follows a pirate named Flora Florian and an aristocratic lady named Evelyn Their paths intertwine on the Dove, a pirate ship, and when they fall in love, they must escape, deal with witches, the Sea, spies, mermaids, and.It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that the face in the sea on the cover which I will never stop pointing out, by the way is exactly what I look like right now sad, vaguely whiny looking, and most of all, ugly That s in genera The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea follows a pirate named Flora Florian and an aristocratic lady named Evelyn Their paths intertwine on the Dove, a pirate ship, and when they fall in love, they must escape, deal with witches, the Sea, spies, mermaids, and.It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that the face in the sea on the cover which I will never stop pointing out, by the way is exactly what I look like right now sad, vaguely whiny looking, and most of all, ugly That s in general, though, not from the bookThepower they gave, the higher the price That was their power, but it was their burden as wellI m going to start out with the positives Because I d like to begin on a good note before I start, you know, completely dissing it.This book has a lot of good commentary on colonialism, imperialism, and misogyny The setting is inspired by our world, specifically as Japan being the colonizer imperialist force It also has some great representation, with a Japanese coded sapphic main character and a Black genderfluid main character I also was not expecting this to be a story on the darker side and I loved it Whatever that means about me we are ignoring that I enjoyed the aspects of the world where the Sea is a protective, vengeful force, like a mother, and the different, fun stories told about witchcraft.Unfortunately, that s pretty much it for everything I likedI have loved you She smiled, a quirk of her tremulous lips That is enoughMy first problem with The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is that the romance is woefully underdeveloped In my notes, I wrote their relationship was like rich girl teaches pirate how to read BAM they re in love and I am not wrong.The romance was a big part of the story, and it was in fact a large motivator for both of the main characters So it was disconcerting when their relationship was written with a lot of finality and gravity when we had only seen them have Full Conversations approximately six times.My second problem, which I noticed when I was about halfway through the book, was that I didn t really care about the characters In fact, when there were side characters whose POVs were included near the end, I wasinvested in them than the actual protagonists Which is an issue, to say the least I liked Flora and I thought her backstory and arc were both great, but I didn t care a lot for Evelyn And the ending is definitely supposed to make you feel emotion or touch you in some way, but I read the entire thing with an absolutely straight face because I 1 didn t care, and 2 just wanted to be DONE with the bookShe did not need to say You re home because you re here with me.She did not need to say I will be your homeThe pacing was also terribly, weirdly off The book is divided into three different parts, and it felt like each had their own separate mini arcs that didn t mesh well together as one overall plot For example, in the second part, witchcraft was introduced and it was actually so cool and one of the only things I was interested in reading But nothing happened to it like it was introduced and then used only two times so what was the pointThe middle of the book suffered from boring dragging middle syndrome, and the ending was rushed, which made the events that occurred feel tacky I also hated how Florian s love for his brother was made to be really important but then was also thrown away so many times And I also didn t like how a lot of things in general were left unresolved it felt like lazy writing Overall, I m quite sad that I didn t love this book It had a lot of potential, especially with the messages and representation it offered But it lacked in a lot of areas, notably the characters, romance, and the plot itself I really wish I loved this at much as I love the cover, but alas I am but a moaning face in the sea o Edit Just now realizing that making the Black main character a crew member of a slaver ship may not have been the way to go If there are any Black ownvoices reviews I find talking about this, I ll link themrep Japanese coded queer MC, Black genderfluid MC, Black side characters, nonbinary side character content warnings death, murder, torture, almost drowning, depictions of blood, drinking, rape sexual assault off page Thank you to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This did not affect my opinion in any way.All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication 2.50 Stars I m really disappointed to say that this book did not work for me I was really excited to get the ARC copy of this Pirates, witches, mermaids and a sapphic romance what could be better Well it turns out a lot since I almost DNF d this book If this was not an ARC I would have permanently put it down I hate to say this but this just did not click with me much at all One of my biggest issues was the characters Almost everyone in this book is a jerk or worse Even the mains thems 2.50 Stars I m really disappointed to say that this book did not work for me I was really excited to get the ARC copy of this Pirates, witches, mermaids and a sapphic romance what could be better Well it turns out a lot since I almost DNF d this book If this was not an ARC I would have permanently put it down I hate to say this but this just did not click with me much at all One of my biggest issues was the characters Almost everyone in this book is a jerk or worse Even the mains themselves are not great One is a pirate who is a slaver How am I supposed to want to connect with that character I m someone who loves a good morally gray character but some things are just not redeemable The other main is a Lady of the ruling class who is sleeping with her servant who is clearly in love with her When the Lady is leaving does she make sure her faithful servant, best friend, and lover is looked after and actually has a job to feed herself No she takes off like see ya later And these are actually the two best characters in the bunch The rest of the people are all awful and I was not happy to jump into a few of their POV s One character even looked like Tokuda Hall was setting her up to star in a book 2, but that character is so unlikeable that I was yelling No Not her at the book I had trouble getting into the plot It seemed like it took so long to go anywhere that I just wanted the story to move on For a fantasy book like this I was hoping for an interesting magic system Instead that part let me down too As a bookaholic you would think I would love magic based on story telling Instead I found it boring and by the end of the book I didn t even get why the magical witch character was needed The only magical being in this book that I enjoyed were the mermaids I actually think the mermaid was the best part of the whole book.I did like the queer rep of a lesbian main and a genderfluid main, but the romance was a disappointment too The noble Lady character force teaches the pirate how to read A few pages later they instantly fall in love In love so deep the pirate will leave their family for the Lady I m not saying there is any reason why the romance can t be light and sweet, but at least make it feel like an actual romance and not just insta love.I was so excited to get this ARC that this was a pretty big letdown Maybe my expectations were too high If I was not such a character driven reader maybe this would have worked for meI don t know the answers to those questions, I just know that unfortunately this was not the book for me An ARC was given to me for a honest review

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