Book Review: Skin of the Sea

I have had this book on my Netgalley TBR for a long time and when I saw that Once Upon A Bookclub had a book box for it, I had to get it! This time, I read Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen.

Synopsis: 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 goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable–she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.

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 fails, she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

I had a fun time with this book! It was really cool to learn the mythical lore of the Mami Wata and the different types of Gods in this world. There were some very interesting creatures that were introduced that I found fascinating.

The main character has to struggle with the choice between saving a life and following the path she is on. She has to remember what it was like to be human knowing that she can’t go back to the way things were and you really feel for her throughout the book. It made for some good tension and forbidden romance elements being added in and I was here for it.

There is also a cinnamon role of a character that comes in about halfway through and I loved them.

It felt very much like an action adventure style book (kind of like Indiana Jones) where they have an objective to get to and retrieve and then set off of this journey. I love these types of books so I enjoyed it.

Overall, I think you would enjoy this book if you are into mermaid lore at all or like adventure stories with a journey as the main element to them.

Book Rating: 4/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I read this book because it came with a Once Upon A Bookclub book box and because I wanted to. I was compensated in no way for my review. - Cheap Used Books

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