Stolen By the Sea Lord Review (Sirens and Scales Collection)

Stolen By The Sea Lord (Lords of Atlantis #4)

Elan was a respected Lieutenant of the mer city Dragao Azul. He lost everything when his son was born, and his human wife was forced to travel to the surface. He was forced to become a general, and was separated from his son. Now he has escaped and wishes to reunite his family.

Zara nearly died when she was forced to the surface, and Elan broke her heart. Now, he has returned with her son, but she has already missed his first year and feels like a failure as a mother. Elan claims that Zara has a power that will save them, but Zara is not sure if she can even believe in herself anymore. At a time when mer-human partnerships are already shaky, it is up to them.

This book was one of the longest books in the Sirens and Scales boxset, but according to the Goodreads description, the paperback version is probably even longer. I wanted to enjoy this story, and I really wanted to like the characters. However, I could not bring myself to understand why Zara was so angry with Elan. He had done his best to come back and reunite their family, and he had even brought their son. He wanted to rekindle their relationship and this would have been a perfect time. Instead, Zara is simply angry that…I don’t even know…that he took too long?

The parts of the story that I did enjoy were mostly Zara bonding with her son, but other than that, it seemed confusing. I found myself getting angry at Zara rather than wanting her and Elan to succeed. I wouldn’t recommend this book in the set.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Books that I like in this set out of books that I have read: 2.5/5

Serial Killer Princess Review (Sirens and Scales Collection)

Tulip hates being a princess, even though her mother is trying to do everything within her power to make her into a proper one. She would rather use her shifter skills to be able to evade the serial killers and kill them. As a black mamba snake, she is venomous, but her skills are put to better use in hiding from her enemies.

Tulip never wants to rule her mother’s mermaid kingdom, but her mother will stop at nothing. She is even falling for her father’s bodyguard, and he is tempting her to want to simply settle down like a regular person. Nevertheless, she always wants to be an assassin.

I think I am just done with the fantasy-comedy genre. I think I genuinely despise books where it is action adventure, but it is supposed to make you laugh out loud constantly while reading it. For some reason, when I read these kinds of books, it seems like many of those authors simply decide to replace plot with jokes. The only story that properly balanced fantasy with comedy, in my opinion, was the Percy Jackson series, but even that had some flaws for me. I didn’t really even understand in this story where Tulip met the bodyguard and started falling for him because I just could not find myself connecting to any of the characters within the story.

My least favorite part of the story was definitely Tulip herself. This reminded me of In Other Lands in a way. Some authors think that “sarcastic” main characters are fun, but both of these books just had main characters that either came off as bratty or mean. Tulip could have been a princess who completed her duties and then had a secret double life as an assassin. She could have been a rebel, and run away from home to be an assassin. However, she is neither, and so guards and bodyguards are constantly running after her as she runs away from her mother and father. I don’t even think there was a single character in this book that she didn’t “humorously” insult. Some might like this kind of main character, but  I thought that she was annoying.

Overall Rating: 1/5

The number of books in this box set that I have liked out of the number that I have read: 1.5/3

Castaway Soul Review

Castaway Soul (Castaway Heart Book 2) by [Mawson, L.C.]

Lyna has returned to her home in order to hopefully lead Hian away from her sister Dyna. She hopes to be able to leave, or at least break off her own betrothal, as she still loves Sam.

Dyna remains on the surface with the doctor Lisa. They are getting closer, and Dyna wonders if she will be able to find love again, even though she was hurt by her mate.

I loved that this installment of the series showed that one can find love even after going through a dangerous/abusive relationship. Lisa may have subtly liked Dyna, but she waited until Dyna was ready before trying to initiate a relationship. I only hope that they will continue their relationship in the last book so that I can see more of Dyna coming out of her shell and allowing herself to be loved.

I also enjoyed the fact that Lyna and Dyna have a father and a parent because it shows that people who do not identify with a gender can still have healthy long-term relationships with children.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fantasy adult romance novel with diverse characters and important themes.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Castaway Heart Review

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Lyna always disliked her twin sister Dyna’s mate, Hian. She always thought that he lacked honor, but she had no proof that he was hurting her sister. She could only go off what her sister looked like when he was around: dejected and sad. However, when she sees Hian about to hit her sister during one of the most important balls of the year, she loses it and uses her siren song on him, then escapes to the surface of Earth with her sister. There, they use a charm to grow human legs and are helped by a Demon Slayer named Sam and a Human doctor who can see through magical illusions.

I love mermaids, and this mermaid story was definitely the deepest one that I had read in a long time. It addresses domestic violence in cultures where getting a divorce is a matter of honor and dishonor rather than happiness. Lyna is betrothed to someone and knows that she has to do her duty, but she knows that her sister should be able to break off the betrothal if she is being physically and emotionally abused by her husband.

This story may have seemed shorter than normal, but it’s simply because I read it so fast. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a top-notch mermaid romance novel with deep themes.

This book is also free on Amazon! Here’s the link.

Overall Rating: 5/5