Fantasy, Retelling, Romance

Review: Bride of the Sea | The Otherworld Series by Emma Hamm

BRIDE OF THE SEAThe Little Mermaid meets Irish Mythology in this retelling of the beloved classic… The first Companion Novel in the Otherworld Series

Once upon a time…

Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world? 

Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on. 

They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?

5 stars

Romance | Fantasy| Retelling 

I received for an honest review. Thank you Book End Tours & Emma Hamm for providing copy of Bride of the Sea.

Let me just fan girl for a hot second – firstly Little Mermaid was my ALL time favorite Disney movie growing up. There I said it, I admitted it. I am well into my adult life and I still binge watch it like no other. Secondly not only doing this tour have I come to realize how many authors are doing mermaid retellings lately (seriously, right on babes) but the fact that I can fangirl with the author Emma Hamm is beyond mind boggling. It is weird, I never thought I would be in close chat chitting matches with an author, one who shares my passion for retellings. It is surreal. 

Whew, fangirl moments have been accomplished. 

Many bookish buddies know that I have a hardcore book boner for retellings in general. Whether I ultimately like the novel after the read is definitely subjective from time to time but regardless I always can appreciate any authors take on any spectrum of a retelling. Honestly, you can rip the original apart to make your own twist, or build on the already amazing fairytale, any author who takes the plunge is a god to me! Seriously, I love retellings, they are just a fun genre. Ergo Bride of the Sea.

Little Mermaid meets Irish Mythology – boom… instant obsessive read frenzy. I cannot get over the alluring world that Hamm created. My mind is still entranced with everything. From the start, following the story with Saorise and Manus, the world opens new tales to add to the backbone of the characters. I am obsessed with Hamm’s writing style, her ability to twist her own originality of these fairytales is just making my speckled heart sore to it’s happy place. The Fae backbone down to the Merrows, just beautiful atmosphere for the imagination. 

Speaking of the Merrows, Saorise. She really reminded me of Ariel but so very different. The innocence definitely takes a different B-line from the favorite Disney star, so if you go in this thinking you get Ariel, you will be surprised it is something more evolved. Though she is naive, childlike, she is also brave and strong, really fearless in many aspects of the novels progression. She has such compassion, she is absolutely a stunning character. As for Manus – ugh he pissed me off, but not in a ‘I hate this book’ kind of way. He legitimately needed to be punched in his balls for how he was in his feelings towards Saorise verses the Sea. Though his conflict of emotions is justified, I think Manus was that typical alpha delicious male who couldn’t see what was standing in front of his stubborn face.  

But oh, their chemistry. It would seriously light a fire in the depths of the chillest oceans. Beyond all consuming and beautifully written. The chemistry between Saorise and Manus was just captivating from the start. I could feel their passion from the pages.

Bottom line – I loved it. It grasped the essence of my beloved childhood movie with the most stunningly beautiful Irish world. I was completely enamored by everything. I am still getting chills down my spine from the Merrow scenes along with the passion behind the backbone of the sea to the adventure on land. I highly recommend picking up Bride of the Sea if you love retellings as much as me, the mushy gush romance with the aspects of folklore and fairytale goodies will have your mouth watering for more of this world.

…Here’s hoping Declan is the next Fae to magically swoon my heart with each page. 

2 thoughts on “Review: Bride of the Sea | The Otherworld Series by Emma Hamm”

  1. I’ve never heard of this book before, but oh my god it looks fantastic! I loved the Disney Little Mermaid (hey, there’s no shame!) and am also so happy at the slew of retellings coming out as of late!!

    I’ll definitely be checking out this book 😉

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