Book Review

SKIN OF THE SEA by Natasha Bowen

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I received SKIN OF THE SEA by Natasha Bowen in my YA Once Upon a Book Club box. I didn’t know anything about this one, but I was very intrigued and when I needed a book starting with an “S”, it was a perfect pick!

SKIN OF THE SEA follows Simi, a Mami Wata (a mermaid) who is charged with collecting the souls of those who have died at sea. Often these are people heartbreakingly thrown off of slave ships, ill or injured from abuse. When a young man is thrown overboard and Simi reaches him when he’s still alive, she does the unthinkable and saves his life in violation of the will of the gods. She is sent on a quest to make amends, but it is an adventure full of peril and great risk to the Mami Wata like her and to everyone around her.

This was a fun adventure read! Simi was such an interesting character to follow. She is called to the world of the humans, a world she was once part of. She’s told to forget her human life, but everytime she comes to shore she transforms to a more human form and many of her memories come back of a time before when she was loved and happy. The pull between her former existence and her present one is clearly felt as reading.

There were a few places in the middle where I felt like the pace dragged a bit for me, but overall I did really enjoy the adventure of Simi’s story. I thought the audio was well done for this one as well!

This is another book I likely would not have rushed to pick up if it weren’t for the subscription box, so I am glad to have had the push to read it. I always appreciate the variety that they send! If you’d like to give this box a try for yourself, DGREADS10 will give you 10% off your first order!

Reading Challenge:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book starting with the last letter of your previous read

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