Sixteen year old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision ofSixteen year old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn The dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods history and her own the the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.
Beneath the Haunting Sea Sixteen year old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury destined to become Empress of half the world But when an ambitious rival seizes power she and her mother are banished to a nowhere p
Please do visit my website or follow me on Twitter for all the latest news and updates This book is for you if you like Betrayal, true love, heartbreak, adventure, a boy who plays piano, a mysterious library, an immortal tree, and an intensely malicious evil sea goddess Basically, Jane Austen meets The Silmarillion, with kissing.
3.5hh i won t lie, part of me strongly despises the romance in this novel it s a complicated, messy thing, and i wish it didn t exist, because i m honestly failing to see how it was even important other than to cause unecessary drama any case the first part of the book was really slow it was only after the long voyage that things got interesting, but even somewhere in the middle, some parts lagged my favourite parts were the scenes with Wen, the sweet, quiet little angel i adored him, and dislik [...]
My first book of 2018, and what a book it is some spoilers ahead Beneath the Haunting Sea is a gorgeously bittersweet and completely immersive Gothic Fantasy Though it is a very singular story, it also gives allusions to some of my favorite literary works The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien s Silmarillion, Jane Eyre sigh This book stands out from so many others in the YA genre Firstly, because it s a standalone PTL and secondly, because the writing is mature as well as beautiful [...]
Firstly, let s take a moment and appreciate the cover.It is stunning AF The Silmarillion meets Jane Eyre, with kissing THATline is all I needed to see.It got my attention.Delicious eerie dark plots in the same vein as Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.Mythical goddess Secrets lying deep in the sea I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.Oh Have I mentioned I have a serious weakness for drowning or diving girls on covers.
I love this book and I hope you will, too
Given that the ocean is my natural habitat, it s basically a forgone conclusion that I ll read anything that centers around the sea Joanna Meyer s debut is no different From the moment I saw her deal go live, I ve been curious about BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA I finally got my hands on an ARC this month, and enjoyed the reading experience immenselyA was initially not a page turner for me, though that s quite likely due in part to the fact that I was reading it at a chaotic and overwhelming moment i [...]
I really enjoyed this book I would like to say that it is better written than some of the other books I ve read and given 5 stars to, so the writing itself is gorgeous There were just a few details that bothers me enough to give it 4 instead of 5, but I still really liked it.SPOILERSThe issues I had were the relationships and characterization Tahlia we know is very independent, stubborn, and adventurous She also, throughout most of the book, is not superstitious and does not believe in the myths [...]
4.5 Beneath the Haunting Sea first landed on my TBR due to its stunning cover, and the I heard about it, the excited I became I love books involving forgotten tales laced in magic and mystery, and I couldn t wait to see what Joanna had in store for us here The Result Combining an unforgettable world, fearless characters, and an age old mystery, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a fantastic read from start to finish Beneath the Haunting Sea is told through Talia s perspective When she is first introd [...]
Beneath The Haunting Sea is a gorgeous story with an evocative, atmospheric setting Written in stunning, lyrical prose, Joanna Meyer weaves a tale about fate and the choice to embrace it, or fight for control Romantic and sweeping and epic, Beneath The Haunting Sea will be a must read for fantasy lovers everywhere.
I AM SO READY.
I was fortunate to win an ARC of this book in a giveaway This story immediately hooked me Joanna just created such an amazing world and cast of characters There was action, adventure, mythology, an eerie house by the sea, romance and Trust me you need to add this one to your TBR It s coming out in January 2018, so not long now.
Thanks to Page Street Kids for a copy of this Arc in exchange for a fair review.Talia is going to be having a her coming of age party in a few days, but she has been summoned to see the ailing Emperor Talia has been shocked to find out that she is really the daughter of the Emperor and he has made her his heir But the day of the party comes and the Emperor does not show and Talia has to make her own announcement when Eda walks into the party and tells everyone the Emperor is dead and she is the [...]
Sixteen year old Talia has been raised in the luxury of the Emperor s court in the kingdom of Eddenar But when her rival seizes power, Talia and her mother are exiled to the distant sea side estate of Ruen Dahr On the voyage across the Northern Sea, Talia can hear something calling to her from beneath the waves When she arrives at Ruen Dahr, the baron s son Wendarion claims to hear the music of the ocean, as well Together, Talia and Wen scour the old myths for clues as to their parts in an epic [...]
A beautiful and haunting fantasy This book was an adventure I loved Talia s fierce devotion to her mother and the way the myths blended seamlessly with the story Highly recommend for its intriguing world building and exquisite writing
Thank you to the publisher Page Street for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Joanna Ruth Meyer is a 2018 YA debut author who has blown me away by her book, Beneath The Haunting Sea, which may very well be the fantasy debut book of the year, it was that PHENOMENAL Beneath The Haunting Sea was superb, exquisite, and complete perfection This novel marks the launch of the YA division at Page Street Publishing and it was exemplary If this is any indication of the level of YA b [...]
I don t think I ve ever read a book like this, about an extension of mythology I thought it was really well done, how seemingly normal people fit into mythological stories and how those myths get formed in the first place I m not sure if the myths about the sea were real or if the author made them up, but that s what I really loved about the book The reader gets to discover them with Talia, and you re never really sure what is true or what is just myth Talia is a likeable character, but I still [...]
I loved this story so much Huge thanks to Page Street Publishing for sending me a ARC of this book If you like Lord of The Rings or the Hobbit you will love this book I like the main character Talia so much She goes through a lot in this story but comes out brighter and stronger than ever I loved the myths and tales that were weaved into the story It was action packed, had romance, likable characters, and heartbreak I felt like it was a whirlwind of a ride At first, I admit I was a bit skeptic t [...]
The depth of this story is incredible I was prepared for a YA romance after the first few chapters but it turned into so much There are incredible myths that I could read as a book of their own There is writing to drool over And the main character is strong and multi faceted.
This book was absolutely enchanting From the gorgeous way Joanna Ruth Meyer paints the settings to the memorable characters I loved every minute of it Talia is a really great protagonist, you really root for her but she s not without her flaws, like any good character Also I got way too invested in the romance in this one haha No spoilers, but I was very satisfied with how it ended Thank you for the beautiful tale, Joanna
Review originally published on Spinatale Reviews When I first heard of Beneath the Haunting Sea, I was intrigued by the premise and in love with the cover seriously, how gorgeous is it Once I started reading, I was utterly enchanted This atmospheric story slowly draws you in and, before you know it, you re turning the last page This is one of the few books where, after I picked it up, I couldn t put it down until I was done.The mythology is blended absolutely perfectly with the story It evokes t [...]
I adored this lush, epic YA fantasy so much I hated to see this beautifully written story come to an end With an intriguing world, strong and complex characters, and a haunting mystery, Beneath the Haunting Sea is a fantasy not to be missed
I don t have much to disclaim, except that the author and I were once part of the same video community and we shared a few comments on each other s content years ago Meyer stuck with me because of her drive and her creativity, so I checked I checked in on her progress through the social medias and saw that one of the manuscripts she d been drafting back in The Day was about to be released as her debut novel I was eager to pick it up and give it a go, and I really liked it The writing could be re [...]
Sixteen year old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than [...]
This book is seriously amazing I was hooked from the beginning I wish there was a soundtrack to this because I would love to hear Wen s songs I loved the slow pace of it when we first arrive at Ruen Dahr, the mythology, the romance, Talia s a beautiful story that will stay with me forever SPOILERS BELOW A couple of things that are still bugging me after finishing it How can Talia not go after her throne I was getting Moana vibes at the beginning and thought she would come back to rule her people [...]
I d been counting down the days to read this one, and was surprised to find out I shared a birthday with it When I started reading though, I had to step away for a tiny bit because the beginning is a massive twin to THE LAST NAMSARA when it comes to world building And considering the fact Kristen s book was one of the last thing I read, it took me a bit to remind myself this was a different story.And boy was it It got and exciting as it went a long, and was super well paced by the ending I def [...]
From its first page, THE HAUNTING SEA had me hooked The eerie, isolated setting, crumbling manor house, and lushly built world combine to create an atmosphere somewhere between THE SILMARILLION and THE SECRET GARDEN It s an odd pairing, I know, but you ll have to read the book to find out what I mean and why this analogy works so beautifully Talia is a relatable heroine whose quiet strength and determination won me over very quickly I d especially recommend this book to those who loved THE SCORP [...]
Mesmerizing and heavy with atmosphere, this story was spellbinding I was captivated by the story of the sea, the horrors of the dead dancing forever, the beauty of the music of the waves, the personification of the waves into sea creatures The story within the story, the fairytales that told her the truth of who she was, were beautiful and horrible and moody I was drawn to this book because of my fascination with mermaids and the ocean and was not disappointed The only reason I didn t give it 5 [...]
Other reviewers have compared this novel to some of my favorite fantasy fiction, so I had high hopes, and a little trepidation I m happy to report that not only are those comparisons totally deserved, but most importantly, this is a terrific original story Myths, music, storms and starlight plus mystery, magic and romance It was hard to stop reading at the end of any chapter, but even when I had to put it down I still had plenty to think about I loved living in Talia s world, even when it was a [...]
It is a straight up fantasy, with made up place and made up gods goddesses It s a bit slow to get into and the whole first part has very little connection to the rest of the story but it picks up There s the very attractive but oh so wrong for you guy and the guy you re engaged to because you have to be but don t want to marry but oh yes turns out he s the right one after all The writing is better than many and the under the sea thing is different and interesting.
I was up until 1 last night finishing the bookI couldn t put it down I thoroughly enjoyed it And no, I m not giving it five stars just because the author is a friend of mine It really is a fabulous book and I loved every minute of it Congratulations to Joanna, you made the dream come true and I m so pleased for you