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Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Autor/a de The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

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Obres de Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Squad (2021) 268 exemplars
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I wanted to like this book so, so badly. Who doesn't love sapphic romance between the high class aristocrat, a prisoner to her status, and the pirate girl that has to fight tooth and nail to keep breathing? Good concept, and potential with the whole mermaid and witch thing, too.

I haven't read it in a while, but I still need to rant *ahem* *cough cough* I mean- I still need to REVIEW, so please mind the vagueness lol. This is a mess. But. I gotta start somewhere with these reviews!

For starters, the ship that the pirate girl, Flora, works on is a slaver ship. Which is more than just morally ambiguous. Maybe even irredeemable. They are teenagers, so that does help you sympathize a BIT (at least when you forget that the ship is a slave ship lol), but still really effed up.

Another issue I have with Flora is her... genderfluidity? The author is cis and I feel like the representation is poorly done. Like. The whole time Flora uses the identity of Florian as a mask, as a way to repress herself in order to survive, and the whole genderfluidity ideals that are presented contradict other ways Flora's talked about their gender. I am not genderfluid, so if I'm wrong w this please let me know! But with all of the other issues I took with the writing, I wanted to speak on this briefly, too.

Another thing with Flora. Since we're on a roll. The fact that they're a witch and have latent powers is cool, and I wish she spent more time learning about powers. But NOPE! They are there for such a short amount of time. I really liked that the author described the equal exchange of magic. It would have been cool if more came from Flora learning magic. But what came from it instead is it was used as a plot device and nothing else whatsoever. Like, they end up on this island, Flora needs to be doing something while Evelyn is learning her parents were evil, and then they need a way to get back to the ship. Make her spend time magicking and then the magic can get them back to the ship?! Oh wow cool! No character growth or relationship with magic beyond that.

Okay, and when they get back on the ship, it feels like we missed all of the action!!! And the Pirate Supreme is around for such little screen time! For shame!!!!

Okay,then as for Flora and Evelyn's relationship- insta love. That's basically the whole thing. Insta love that makes Flora abandon her only family, that apparently is an all-powerful force, blah blah blah. I wish that they had more interactions with one another.

I really liked Evelyn's character archetype, and I like where it all went and how it ended for the most part. I also liked Flora's relationship with the pirate man (HIS NAME ESCAPES ME) and the pirate man himself was super cool. It did flip around POVs a lot which I don't love but the different voices were always captured really well.

I feel like if the story was better the ending where they both turn into mermaids could have felt magical, but instead I just stared at the page with my eyes wide. Ridiculous

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telamy | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Nov 6, 2023 |
This was sooo good, even better than I thought it would be! It’s like a mashup of Mean Girls x Teen Wolf x Promising Young Woman. The writing was so good, the art was fantastic! I loved how in the scenes with her mom, Becca would have an internal monologue of what each of them “really meant” when they said certain things. It really showed their misunderstandings and their need for better communication.

The dialogue in general felt real and not like how some shows or books will have teens talking that is totally overdoing it. Also, this being a sapphic werewolf story was really cool to see, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen an f/f relationship in a werewolf story before.… (més)
rianainthestacks | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Nov 5, 2023 |
I wish I could rate this higher cuz I loved the story, but the fatphobia, homophobia and attitudes of some of the characters was a little much for me.
Danielle.Desrochers | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Oct 10, 2023 |
Very well characterized and well written. To me, this was simultaneously much more grim, and quite a bit more juvenile than the previous book in the series. I guess you'd call the ending here a deus ex ōceanum?
bibliovermis | Sep 18, 2023 |



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