Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1) by Kristina Pérez

Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)

Not you without me, not me without you.Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them. As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess s...

Details Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)

TitleSweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

Reviews Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars. I have been waiting forever for a YA retelling of Tristan and Iseult! Then my enthusiasm went to a whole new level when I saw hints of the Mabinogion in here, too. (Disclaimer: I am obsessed with Celtic languages & mythology, so my rating probably focused on different aspects of the book than others might). I thought the names and the author's note in the back explaining her choices were really clever & fascinating. There were a ton of...
  • Jessica
    I received this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.Omg this was so amazing! I don’t know why people aren’t talking about this book. This could have totally been one of those super hyped YA books. This is a retelling of the popular Tristan and Iseult myth, which I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of. So going into this book I didn’t have any expectations about the retelling aspect since I knew nothing ab...
  • Sabrina
    wow I’m really emotional. don’t miss out on this one. RTC- - -- update: "SWEET BLACK WAVES is the first in a fantasy trilogy" THANK GOD
  • Vic James
    I want to sail away on those sweet black waves! Sail away to romance and wild magic and chivalrous tournaments and shipwrecks and ... oh yes ... danger and disaster and HEARTBREAK. (Wait, wait... no-one warned me about the heartbreak *sobs*)I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this fabulous book, and it is so INTENSE and SWOONY and SMART. Just like its protagonists, Branwen and Tristan. And if you're wondering where you've heard that nam...
  • Kath ☽ sheturnspages
    ODAI ETI AMAI hate and I love I loved so many elements of this Tristan and Isolde retelling, particularly those to do with the Celtic inspired mythology and magic. The story notwithstanding, I could walk around in this coastal setting of medieval Ireland and experience the whimsy of Otherworld creatures and magical lore all day. It’s a hauntingly beautiful backdrop to an age-old story.Being familiar with the story of Tristan and Isolde, I was e...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: Sweet Black WavesSeries: Sweet Black Waves #1Author: Kristina Pérez Release date: May 5, 2018Cliffhanger: YesTime stood still. There was no blood or fire, no Iveriu or Kernyv. There was only this-only this kiss.I've been trying to figure out what to rate this book ever since I finished yesterday, and I think that deep down I want to rate this one star, but I can't bring myself to do it. The writing is truly captivating and masterfully do...
  • Lexi
    It’s 330 am i am sitting at work trying not to cry or tear my heart out because this book completely ruined me. I felt as sick as branny did at the end, when it all just went down. This story was beautiful, haunting, horribly heartbreaking and genuinely amazing. The love between cousins turned sisters made me believe in family. The love tantris found with emer was exciting, and the love that bloomed between Tristan and Brawen was passionate and...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    DNF at 71%. I just can’t force myself to read this anymore. It’s annoying, weirdly-paced, and just plain cheesy. Full review to come!
  • Heather Ezell
    I read SWEET BLACK WAVES during a coastal retreat in the PNW this past winter and it was the peeeeeeeeerfect location to become entrenched in the lands of Iveriu and Kernyv and this stunner of a story. It's stunning and lush, painful and evocative. And the ending—it BROKE ME. Come for the allure of romance (and the romance is A+) and stay for the incredible friendship between Branwen and Essy. Be prepared with chocolate and a heating pad to hol...
  • Rê
    3.5. "Sea and Magic" StarsARC via NetGalley.Thank you, ImprintI'm not very familiar with the tale Tristan & Iseult, so I won't comment on that. Still, if you're like me, I'm sure you'll still find plenty to enjoy while reading this story.For me, Sweet Black Waves gave me its best during the first half, especially the first third of the story. There world was described in beautiful details, the main character (Branwen) struggled with what she thou...
  • Kaitlin
    * I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review * I am happy to say that this book, which I wasn't sure I would like, turned out to be one which I really enjoyed. I wasn't quite sure what this one was about when I was given it, although I did get the impression that there would be romance and magic, warring kindoms and more. I am happy to say, there are indeed all of those ingredients, but also that it's got a relationship ...
  • Rebecca Denton
    If this is the year of historical fiction, then look no further than this book. The author has the creds and it shows. Gloriously detailed and fabulous prose. A cracker of a debut.
  • Kristen
    This was really wonderful but MEAN! It totally stressed me out and that ending! Ahhhhhh! I need book 2 and hopefully it isn’t so mean to my feels
  • Breanna
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. “Odai eti ama. I hate and I love.” When I talk about how I want more books based on Celtic mythology and Irish folklore, this is what I’m talking about. As soon as I saw that this was a retelling of Tristan and Iseult, I knew immediately that I needed to read it. Sweet Black Waves was everything I could have asked for and more. There is so much to lov...
  • Taryn Pierson
    I was totally bought into Sweet Black Waves from the first page, and not only did I never want to put it down, I never knew what was going to happen next! That’s partly because I was unfamiliar with the story of Tristan and Isolde (on which the book is based), but also because the story is SO CRAZY. It has the twists and turns of a soap opera with the weighty feel of an epic. So basically, everything I want.Branwen is actually the main characte...
  • D.J.
    Lush and atmospheric, Sweet Black Waves is a work of magic. Pérez's writing is captivating and readers will immediately be consumed by Branwen's story. There's romance and heartache, secrets and danger—and all of it adds up to a splendid debut novel. I can't wait to see what happens next!
  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    ?????????That’s it that’s my entire review of the book
  • Minni Mouse
    Tristan and Eseult retelling? With a Branwen twist? All I know is the 2006 film starring James Franco, and can't say no to that!THE GOOD1) I don't know how the original tale goes but if it's anything like the 2006 movie, I liked the twist of swapping Branwen into Eseult's place.2) Lots of potential for readers to gobble this book right up since it has a little bit of everything young adult readers adore: romantic entanglements, medieval tournamen...
  • mith
    you can check out this review on my blog!---Sweet Black Waves took some time to get into, but I feel like once you push through that beginning, you could really like it.I won’t lie, I was iffy about the book. The romance is introduced pretty early on in the book, and frankly, I never saw the chemistry, so that was a bust for me. I never did like the love interest either, so all his efforts—while not wasted on Branwen—were wasted on me.Branw...
  • Kelly deVos
    A gorgeous, sometimes sweet, sometimes steamy retelling, SWEET BLACK WAVES retains enough of the original Tristan & Iseult storyline to appeal to fans but has so many original elements that something totally new and surprising has been created. I sat down to read a bit before going to bed and finished the book in one setting. Come for the romance, the pirates and the adventure on the seas and stay for the rich, lush fantasy world created by Pére...
  • Jena
    “Something had broken inside Branwen the day her parents died and never fully mended; something had ignited, too–a fiery hatred that she knew would consume her if she didn’t keep it carefully controlled.”Raised by her aunt and uncle, who are also the King and Queen, Branwen has been guided by two things: devotion to her kingdom and hatred for the enemies that killed her parents. When she finds a man drowning near the beach, she acts on in...
  • Kathy Martin
    Branwen is an orphan who is the niece of the queen and the best friend and lady-in-waiting to her cousin Princess Eseult. She is mostly treated as another daughter of the queen and the princess's sister. Her parents were killed by the Kernyvaks and she has grown up with a hatred for them.When she rescues and heals a young sailor, she is dismayed to learn that he is Kernyvak. She is torn between her vows as a healer and her own hatred. Gradually s...
  • Teresa
    Seriously ugly cry at the end of this book...I won't even try to lie or make excuses all I can say is that Kristina Perez broke my heart into several pieces and I am still trying to pick all of them up. Branwen is lady in waiting to her cousin, the princess, and the only thing Branwen loves more than Eseult is her country. When Branwen finds an enemy half dead, she chooses to help him, even though she hates his country; but as we all know more of...
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!Actual rating: 4.5 starsSweet Black Waves caught my eye as soon as I saw that it was a retelling of Tristan and Eseult. I'll admit, my only other exposure to this story was the 2006 film Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco... I had a rough idea of what the story was about and knew to expect instalove, so I went in willing to forgive that one trope that I usually despise.Branwen is the heroine of th...
  • Pamela Sparkman
    Sweet Black Waves. I feel like I’ve been floating on sweet black waves ever since I finished this book. It’s been about two weeks now. Or maybe it’s been three. I’ve lost count to be perfectly honest. You see, I’ve been avoiding it, hiding from it. I didn’t want to think about it because it left me broken hearted...wounded beyond repair. But let me back up to the beginning.I approached Sweet Black Waves without knowing much about it....
  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
    4.5 StarsHoly mother of God.... I admit, I did not expect this book to blow me away. It sounded really good but I've been bitten on the butt a lot lately when it comes to YA novels but this one.... it's bloody amazing!!! It's got some wonderful Celtic vibes and the romance was cute. It did feel a little like... early YA but for this story and the world, I will let it slide. I'm not kidding when I saw I want to crawl into this book and just live i...
  • Gabrielle
    I think I just got sucker-punched. By a book. RTC on my blog in June!
  • Michelle Guidry
    ODAI ETI AMA I hate and I loveThis pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. BUT before you worry about why I say I hate it let me demonstrate my reading experience with a little story.When I saw this book was a Tristan and Iseut retelling...Then I started reading and it was a bit of thisand then some of thisand then a whole lot of thisThen finally thisI loved this book and the story...but I hated a little because that ending! I am assuming...