Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

Sweet Black Waves

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

TitleSweet Black Waves
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews Sweet Black Waves

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Megan
    *I was given an ARC of Sweet Black Waves in exchange for an honest review.* This book feels like a train you really want to get off, but can't. And not because it's horrible. Because it's so good. It took me a bit to get into it at first, but the pace picks up as you go. It is full of Celtic legend and lore (with some artistic license taken.) It is a tale of love and betrayal, a tragedy of the deepest sort. It is nearly unbearable. I had to put i...
  • Carly
    I love stories about star-crossed lovers and Sweet Black Waves broke my heart in all the right ways. Kristina Perez does a wonderful job retelling Tristan & Eseult in a new and unexpected way. I was kept on edge not knowing what way this story would go, and was satisfied with the ending. I'm looking forward to Branwen's story continuing.
  • Mandy
    **I read an e-ARC of this via Netgalley - totally didn't change my opinion, but I thank the publisher for sending me a copy!!**Okay, so I was the MOST tense that I've ever been in a book, and I knew Bad Things were going to HAPPEN and they DID and now I'm just a mess and OMG the FEELS. THE FEELS. THE FEELLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Um, apparently I've become a certified book mess, so this review will probably make 200% no-sense. I've never heard the lege...
  • Laura Hernandez
    This book left me an emotional wreck and I loved every single moment of this storyline. This read has it all from action to adventure and yes, heart-aching heartbreak. I found myself swept away into a stunning and well-crafted past full of stunningly beautiful characters that kept me biting my nails until I reached the last page. I can't wait to step back in time when the next book comes out and I will absolutely be giving this another read. -YA/...
  • bjneary
    Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group and Imprint for the advance reader copy Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez in exchange for an honest review. Oh did I revel in the fantasy and magic of this world of kingdoms, kings, queens, lords, and ladies. Based on the star-crossed lovers tale of Tristan and Eseult, Branwen is the cousin, friend and hand-maid of Princess Essy and narrator of this first in a series. I can’t ...
  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly
    The advance press for this book mentions its for fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, two very big shoes to fill. (Not to mention its inspiration, Tristan and Iseult.) It’s easy to see where the comparisons come from—it’s a YA novel set in a kind of Arthurian world, but from a female perspective—but it really is its own thing, a true fantasy featuring Branwen, lady in waiting to the Princess of the realm of Iveriu, swept up into a s...
  • Michelle
    I enjoyed reading this story, which to be honest, surprised me. I was on the fence for a while but eventually was won over. Fun read. I cant wait to read the next one in the series.I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Lissa Hawley
    The problem with reading a re-telling is you know what is going to happen, more or less. And in this case I became so enthralled with the characters that it was a bit like watching a cartoon snowball roll downhill: Massive, and ominous and inevitable.If you are a fan of Tristan and Iseult or even if you aren't, this is a beautifully written tale whose only flaw is that it has me wanting the next books now.
  • Elizabeth
    For just myself, this is a very strong 3.5 stars, maybe even 3.75 stars (and as always, I round down). For the target demographic, however, I would rate this a 4- or 5-star. This is some really exceptional YA here. What a subversion of expectations! I thought I was going to end up dropping this book because the first thirty or so pages were rough for me. This is in no way the fault of the author’s. It’s because it’s been so long since I’v...
  • Hayley Haws
    Before starting this book, make sure you have tissues, ice cream, and no neighbors nearby to hear when you scream in outrage. Though based on a well-known tale, Sweet Black Waves caught me off guard many times. This book veers off of the typical Y/A story paths in ways that gives the characters and the overall story greater depth. This depth results in so many emotions for the reader. Branwen, our main character, and her cousin, the Princess Eseu...
  • Adrienne
    ODAI ETI AMAI hate and I loveThis quote perfectly encapsulates this story and my feelings about it. Sweet Black Waves is the first in a new trilogy inspired by the haunting tale of Tristan and Iseult and has left me feeling just as broken and despondent as the original tale. This is a feat because I usually steer clear of re-tellings or re-imaginings as my loyalty to the originals is strong.Sweet Black Waves is a beautiful tangle of legend, myth,...
  • roxi Net
    It's rare for me to compare a book to Juliet Marillier's works (my favorite celtic fantasy author) but Sweet Black Waves reminded me of a young adult version of Ms. Marillier's works. I was completely drawn in by the imperfect characters (a queen with the weight of the world on her shoulders, a princess who'd do anything for love, a handmaiden with healing powers) and what they do and don't do for love. It could be love for each other, and/or the...
  • Kat
    #SweetBlackWavesThank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the E-ARC copy of this novel.Lovely, haunting, and deep are just a couple of words to describe this story. Sweet Black Waves will captivate you. The characters are wonderfully written and strong, but the lavish backdrop of Ireland entwines you into this story. Kristina Perez must be a magician of words. When reading this novel you feel as if you are there in the story. The beauty and fe...