Hey Book Eccentral Followers!
I know I did a post this week saying that I was going to do a review on Renee Ahdieh’s upcoming paranormal romance The Beautiful, but I just finished reading the second book of the Sweet Black Waves series, Wild Savage Stars, and I couldn’t resist the urge to do a review. I will still do a review on Ahdieh’s book probably next month or whenever I get through my emotional roller coaster since I’ve finished reading Wild Savage Stars and finally read it.
If you want a summary of the books, here are the links to Goodreads for both books:
Wild Savage Stars Review
After I read Perez’s first book, I didn’t want to get out of bed for a week (jk: I meant for a month). I am a fan of fantasy, sci-fiction, and the paranormal so when I read the book description for Sweet Black Waves, I was already excited to dive in (no pun intended). Also, I love that the book is based on the story of Isolt and Tristian (which Perez goes into detail about in her book).
A magical romance full of dead pirates, betrayal and heartbreak, political intrigue, and sweet serenades is how I would describe Perez’s first and second novel.
The first was so heartbreaking, especially after Eseult (aka: Essy) and Tristian are caught in a romantic affair caused by them drinking the Loving Cup (courtesy of Branwen). What I love so much about this story is the idea of loyalty to one’s country, family, friends, and to one’s self. Branwen continues to struggle in the second novel to ensure the peace between Iveriu and Kernyveu, but she also has to deal with the fact that Eseult’s and Tristian’s relationship jeopardizes that.
Branwen is a character that I deeply sympathized with from the beginning. Branwen is a strong, knowledgeable, and independent character. I think she does love so fiercely and is determined to protect what is hers, and ensure that peace be made. I think Perez has a knack for making you want to love and hate the character at the same time. Branwen’s wisdom and independent nature made her relatable and likeable, but all characters have their flaws. Branwen is not trusting of people (for many good reasons), but sometimes this causes her to keep secrets from the one she loves in order to protect them.
The one person that Branwen starts to trust, Ruan, is one of my favorite characters. He’s that stereotypical arrogant, snobbish prince (at least that’s what he wants you to think) but as the novel progresses you begin to see how loyal, brave, and empathetic he is. He is a character that I found myself laughing with and I enjoyed seeing him with Branwen. I definitely can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses in the third novel. I am rooting for them. #Team Bruan (it’s the best name mashing I could come up with).
Also, I thought that Perez creating King Marc as a LGBT character was fantastic. I do wish we could get like a backstory about King Marc and his lover Xandu. There’s some mystery as to what exactly happened between them, and King Marc is a character I would also want to know more about before Branwen, Eseult, and Tristian come into the picture. I know this isn’t Marc’s story, but there could be a possibility of a novella in the future…. 🙂
Overall, I give this five wild stars and beyond!
(*coughs* again no pun intended) Okay. Pun totally intended.
It’s everything you could want in a fantasy romance novel.
I can’t wait to read the concluding novel in the trilogy: Bright Raven Skies! Coming out August 25th 2020!
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