Here is my review for a very mermaid-y title! It’s Ice Massacre, by Tiana Warner.
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A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.
The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.
Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.
For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.
- 95% female cast of characters
- beautiful island/deep sea imagery
- maybe a bit pulpy for some people
I’ve only met a couple of people who have read this book but they both loved it. So when my group of online friends organized a readalong, I wanted to join in. This was just the perfect book for me at this time of my life. I’ve been going through some shit and I definitely needed a distraction. This book was just perfect for that. I loved the world and the settings. Both the island and the sea scenes were beautiful. Besides, the existence of mermaids was amazing, even if they were little meanies. I really liked the protagonist and her relationship with all the other characters. Some of the girls on the ship were too much but Meela always dealt with them in the best way. The plot was super good too! I loved how it started in media res and then it went back. Meela and Lysi were so cute!! I was so invested in their relationship from the start. I have to admit I was a bit meh about the ending and how the plot went from something more controlled to BIG, HUGE event. If that makes any sense without spoiling it. Mostly, I was surprised by this title. It read a bit pulpy at times but I loved that. I can see that it may not be for some people, specially if they take the book too seriously. To me, it was incredibly enjoyable and it gave me will to read at some difficult times. So, I most definitely recommend it. And I can’t wait to read the next book!
Has anyone read this?! If not, please doooo!
See you soon,