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...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    A very realistic conversation between me and this book Me: Feuding kingdoms, you say?Sweet Black Waves: Oh, yes! But let me warn you that at least the first 70% of this book is just about Branwen blushing at her crush, who is--gasp!--the enemy.Me: WELL I DO LOVE ROMANCE. Not too much, though... Anyway, this does feature a super awesome girl friendship, right?Sweet Black Waves: More like martyrdom. Branwen does make some stupid decisions for the ...
  • 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 | novelandfolk
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Christine Spoors
    I picked up a copy of Sweet Black Waves at YALC 2018 so that I could meet the author, I am so glad I did because this is now one of my favourite books of the year.This is a fantasy retelling of Tristan and Iseult, which I have to admit I haven't read. It follows Branwen, the cousin and lady-in-waiting to the Princess. In this world two kingdoms, Iveriu (Ireland) and Kernyv (Cornwall), are at war and their feud has shaped the lives of every charac...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    “Her heart churned with a familiar wildness, livid and roaring.”A tale as old as time...literally. Star crossed love, forbidden fruit, “enemies turned lovers turned adversaries.” As a French scholar, I’ve studied Tristan and Yseult’s doomed relationship in its many forms, couplets and words (it’s like Madame Bovary - you just kind of have to have to, you know!). It’s taken me years to sum up what is ultimately a modern take on a ...
  • Ann (annreads)
    “They loved while they burned and they burned while they loved.”Excuse me while I cry in a corner because of what tHIS book did to me *crawls into fetal position**Review to come*3,75/5★★★★
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
    I really liked this one! I do have a couple of mixed feelings about it, but overall it was so good! If you love Celtic mythology, or any kind of mythology really, this book is for you. It feels so lush and refreshing and there is so much to appreciate about it! And look at that cover! I swoon! Look, I never judge books by their cover. nEVEr… But I feel like this book encompasses the story and setting so perfectly! I cannot wait to see what the...
  • 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....
  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    ?????????That’s it that’s my entire review of the book
  • Lena
    Definitely pick up this book if you like star-crossed lovers, a world with gods and magic, two cinammon roll main characters, and lots of adorable moments plus drama all in one. I've always loved the tale of Tristan and Isolde and this retelling definitely does them justice, if in a slightly different way and sometimes all you need is some fluff to make you happy. This book did exactly that for me. I didn't even care about the plot, it's always b...
  • 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...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    *walks into ocean with arms open crying*IM NOT OKAY!I KNEW IT WAS GONNA HAPPEN BUT I'M NOT OKAY😭😭😭😭😭😭😭Sidenote: one of my favourites of the year and most recent "sleep is for the week, just keep reading" books.Oh dat romance and dat magic and OHHHH those pirates and Ugh that romance but ow my heart *clenches chest and dies until the sequel comes out*
  • 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...