Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Soul of the Deep

Author: Natasha Bowen

Book Series: Skin of the Sea Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Nigerian based MC and characters, Black characters

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, African mythology and lore, mermaids, retellings, romance

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 15+ (slavery, death, violence, gore, PTSD, prayer and religion, romance, parental death)

Explanation of Above: There are mentions and some showings of slavery. Death, violence, parental death, and gore involving blood are shown and mentioned in the read. There are scenes that show PTSD. There is some romance. There are some mentions of prayer and religious figures.

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 304

Synopsis: One life.

One choice.

One sacrifice.

To save those closest to her, Simi traded away everything: her freedom, her family, and the boy she loves. Now she is sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean.

But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear there are deeper consequences of Simi’s trade. These demons spell the world’s ruin . . . and because of Simi, they now have a way into the human realm.

With the fate of the world at stake, Simi must break her promise and team up with a scheming trickster of a god. And if they succeed, perhaps Simi can also unbreak her heart along the way, and find herself again.

Review: I liked this sequel book to Skin of the Sea. I thought the book was a lot more straight-forward with what was happening, which I appreciated, and it featured more African mythology and lore. The book was beautifully written and I fell in love with Simi more than I did in the first one. The book continued with the well developed characters and continued to develop a beautiful world.

However, I did think that the book could have done with a bit of a reminder as to what happened in the previous book. There are some spots here and there that mention it, but mostly it just immediately jumped into the story and continued post 6-months after the events of last book. I also thought the pacing was a bit off in places. I’m also confused on if there’s a third book in the series or not.

Verdict: It was good!

Book Info:

Soul of the Deep (Skin of the Sea #2) by Natasha Bowen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: September 27, 2022

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Skin of the Sea, in which the world must pay the price for one mermaid’s choice, and a dark force reverberates across realms. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and those eagerly anticipating the live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

One life.
One choice.
One sacrifice.

To save those closest to her, Simi traded away everything: her freedom, her family, and the boy she loves. Now she is sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean.

But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear there are deeper consequences of Simi’s trade. These demons spell the world’s ruin . . . and because of Simi, they now have a way into the human realm.

With the fate of the world at stake, Simi must break her promise and team up with a scheming trickster of a god. And if they succeed, perhaps Simi can also unbreak her heart along the way, and find herself again.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60012953-soul-of-the-deep

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0593120981

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soul-of-the-deep-natasha-bowen/1140985583

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Soul-Deep-Natasha-Bowen/9780593120989

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/soul-of-the-deep/9780593120989-item.html

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593120989

About the Author:

Natasha Bowen is a New York Times bestselling author, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends stupid amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog.

Author Links:

Website: https://natashabowen.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/skinofthesea

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha_bowen_/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19709936.Natasha_Bowen

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