Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: November 2, 2021
An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.
A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.
To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .
Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
Skin of the Sea was one of my highly anticipated books for the year and it didn’t disappoint.
This is a hard book to read at times. Please make sure you read the author’s note at the beginning.
Simi was brought back to life by Yemoja. She was made into Mami Wata. She’s a mermaid that gathers souls of those that pass in the sea. There are a lot of slave boats and when a boy goes over, Simi is there to retrieve his soul. But this boy is still alive. She knows she can’t just let him die, so Simi saves him. When Simi calls the orisa, she is told that what she did will mean their deaths. She’s sent on a mission to find rings that can summon Olodumare to ask for forgiveness. But there is someone else that wants those rings. Simi starts to enjoy her time with Kola, the boy she saved. But she knows that it would be forbidden to have a relationship with him.
Simi doesn’t remember much from her past. It’s basically erased when she’s not in human form. But throughout the book, she has memories or her time with her family. There is a lot of fast paced action throughout and I really loved reading about the orisas and the different creatures.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my earc.
Let the sea swallow your memories and embrace what you are now.
The sea takes me and I let it, but this time I don’t allow it to have everything.
There is courage, I think, in standing in the water summoning a goddess of the sea.
Humans can often be cruel in their curiosity about the unknown. Do not trust them.
Come, says the sea, white-tipped water from afar catching my eye. Return home, where you belong.
Natasha Bowen is a writer, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years. Her debut book Skin of the Sea was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends stupid amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog.
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