Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Middle Grade

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss

The Seafarer’s Kiss
By Julia Ember

My Edition:
Paperback, 212 pages
2017, Duet Books
ISBN: 9781945053207

Ersel feels pressure from her clan about the upcoming Grading ceremony – where young mermaids are tested to see how many fertile eggs they carry, thus determining how desirable they are to potential mates – and does not want the life her king has planned for her. When a ship crashes into the glacier she lives in and Ersel meets the lone survivor, Ragna, she discovers a life so different from her own that she now must make a choice: stay and mate with her childhood friend or face exile from the clan for befriending a human and wanting to explore the world. Determined to get the life she wants, Ersel makes a deal with Loki, but the repercussions are more far reaching than she ever imagined.

I saw this book somewhere online (Instagram? WordPress? Who knows?) and once I heard there was a lesbian mermaid, I was on board.

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