ARC Review: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Title: Skin of the Sea

Author: Natasha Bowen

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 something is amiss. 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.

Firstly, can we talk about that cover? I fell in love with it, it’s what pulled me in and then that blurb had me totally hooked!

‘A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.’

Simi is a Mami Wata, a mermaid who collects souls from the dead that are pushed from slave ships and passes the soul to Yemoja to be blessed. But one day a boy is pushed into the water, alive, and Simi decides to save him……but she really shouldn’t have…..this was a beautiful, heartbreaking and totally captivating story.

The authors writing style was just beautiful, the pacing was spot on and the romance, although happened quickly, was so sweet! The world that was created here and I’d say all the characters were wonderful and I couldn’t believe it was a debut novel.

I dont know if there is going to be a book 2 but I really want one!!!

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