Review: Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

Our Bloody Pearl || D.N. Bryn
(These Treacherous Tides #1)

  Published by | Avos Publishing on Jul. 26th, 2018

  Genres | Young Adult + Fantasy + LGBTQI+ + Romance

  Rating | AvocadoAvocadoAvocadoAvocadoAvocado ( RATING 5 / 5 )

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.
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That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.
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Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?
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Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.

Thank you to the author, who sent me a copy of ‘Our Bloody Pearl’ in exchange for an honest review.
I received no compensation for this review.

OKAY GUYS, IF YOU HAVE EVER ONCE THOUGHT ABOUT READING A BOOK ABOUT SIRENS, THIS IS IT! Our Bloody Pearl has opened up so many emotions for me, and I cannot express just how much I am in love with this book. Also, can I take a moment to just talk about how much I love the cover of this book? The island like a skull, and the fin like a cove… Ugh I am in love! (also, for those of you who don't know, I went through a massive mermaid phase and am not entirely convinced that my phase ended, rather it got subtler).

The characters in this story are so beautiful with their dynamics, relationships and personal backstories. Perle is a bloodthirsty siren who was held captive by the pirate Kian, who has somehow found a way to block Siren songs. Dejean and his first mate, Simone, rescue Perle and take over Kian’s ship. The dynamics between these characters are so beautiful; Perle is struggling to explain to Dejean that she is constantly hungry, and Dejean finds that funny. And Murielle, Simone’s partner, is honestly such a relatable, goofy and loveable bean.

The characters are able to interact with such ease and beauty, well, maybe not ease. Perle and Dejean do not speak the same language, but the way that they create their own sign language is a lovely nod to subtle representation. There are also representations of healthy discussions regarding sexuality (as Siren’s are neither boy nor girl until they need to reproduce), Simone and Murielle are together as a same sex couple, the culture of the sirens, the PTSD of both Perle and Dejean and lastly Perle’s disability. These were all so beautifully woven into the story, with no feeling of forcing any of it.

The only thing I would change is that for the drama I might have ended the story slightly earlier. It would have been a perfect cliffhanger for the next installment; but in saying that, I do not know what the author has in stall for the next book.

Can I also just say that I loved it when Perle wore Simone’s feather hat. It was so wholesome.

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13 comments :

  1. Yay I'm so glad that you enjoyed this so much. It sounds fascinating (I've loved the mermaid books that I've read) and I'll definitely have to read it soon. I hope you enjoy the sequel too.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! If you ever find the time, this is definitely one to pick up

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    2. I definitely plan to. Probably not this month as I still have two review and a load of library books but hopefully still fairly soon as it sounds fantastic.

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  2. Yay, I'm so happy you enjoyed this!! Sirens have always really interested me. Great review! �� Kaya

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    1. D.N. Bryn puts a really unique spin on the concept of Sirens!

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  3. Just letting you know I tagged you for the awesome blogger award <3

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    1. Thank you so much, El! I will go check it out right now!

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  4. Okay - this sounds right up my alley! Especially after reading (and LIVING for) Daughter of the Siren Queen! *Adds to TBR*. Great review! <3

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  5. This sounds super cool! (And you're right, the cover is just so awesome XD) Your reviews are always the best, and I will have to read this soon <3

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    1. Aww, thank you Ash! You're the sweetest <3 <3

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  6. I can feel your love for this book whilst reading this which is wonderful and I'm so glad you loved it!! It does sound like a really interesting book and the characters sound amazing too!!
    Great review!! (I still love mermaids too)

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    1. Yes, this is a lovely twist on sirens that I'm sure many will enjoy!

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