Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves Inspired by tale of Tristan and Eseult

Sweet Black WavesSWEET BLACK WAVES, by Kristina Pérez, Imprint, June 5, 2018, Hardcover, $18.99 (young adult)

Have you ever really loved a book until a certain point and then had a complete turnaround? That’s what happened with me and Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, Sweet Black Waves is the story of best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen.

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 she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her closest confidant and the only man she’s ever loved. —synopsis provided by Imprint

Sweet Black Waves is the first book in a planned trilogy. And it has the makings of a sweeping tale. Perez’s writing style immediately draws you in, and I found myself quickly immersed in Branwen’s tale. Maybe too immersed.

About two-thirds of the way into Sweet Black Waves there’s a plot twist that really sucker-punched me. I did not like the path Branwen started down, and as I kept reading, I disliked it even more. Now I’m not super familiar with the tale of Tristan and Eseult, so maybe I should have been expecting this turn. Nonetheless, it was somewhat heartbreaking to see all these events unfold.

In the end, these changes were too much for me, and I did not finish. That’s not to say Sweet Black Waves is not good. It is. And Perez is a strong writer. There’s no reason to not recommend it other than my personal beef with the plot twist.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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