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A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic s A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel. Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean. That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…


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A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic s A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel. Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean. That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…

30 review for In Deeper Waters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    This was really sweet! It’s a gay high fantasy romance story. I was expecting a historical romance but the fantasy was a nice surprise. It’s a lot more than a prince/pirate love story, and I’ll leave at that because I think it might be spoilery if I elaborate. Pirates aren’t even really a *huge* part of the story honestly. But I enjoyed the direction it took. It took me a bit to get into because I felt the world building was lacking. I think I may have enjoyed it more if that had been expanded u This was really sweet! It’s a gay high fantasy romance story. I was expecting a historical romance but the fantasy was a nice surprise. It’s a lot more than a prince/pirate love story, and I’ll leave at that because I think it might be spoilery if I elaborate. Pirates aren’t even really a *huge* part of the story honestly. But I enjoyed the direction it took. It took me a bit to get into because I felt the world building was lacking. I think I may have enjoyed it more if that had been expanded upon. You kind of dive head first into the story and I found that a bit jarring so it took some time for me to find my footing. But it definitely is a love story. Tal and Athlen were both such adorable characters and I loved watching their romance blossom, even if it did happen quickly. I also loved the familial love. Pretty much all of the characters in here cared for and loved each other fiercely. I think the plot was interesting but with it being based in the world politics, it suffered a little from the sparse world building. Mostly it was driven by the romance but I didn’t mind that. Overall a fun, sweet, and fluffy fantasy read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    jenny✨

    2021 really said "let's slay this queer coverporn game" 2021 really said "let's slay this queer coverporn game"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    “Can I touch you?” Tal asked, stepping closer. “Yes.” Tal wrapped his arms around Athlen’s shaking body and held on. “I’ve got you.” “I know.” His breath was cool on Tal’s neck. “For how long?” “Until you tell me to let go.” (view spoiler)[Rather than a The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets The Pirates of the Caribbean, I feel like this is more of a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the prince's point of view and I love every single second of it. (hide spoiler)] In Deeper Wate “Can I touch you?” Tal asked, stepping closer. “Yes.” Tal wrapped his arms around Athlen’s shaking body and held on. “I’ve got you.” “I know.” His breath was cool on Tal’s neck. “For how long?” “Until you tell me to let go.” (view spoiler)[Rather than a The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets The Pirates of the Caribbean, I feel like this is more of a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the prince's point of view and I love every single second of it. (hide spoiler)] In Deeper Waters is a beautifully told queer high fantasy story with wonderful characters that will pull you in and a romance that will make your heart skip a beat. Thrown into a world with pirates, magic, adventure, and a romance so lush that it is absolutely precious, this story certainly charmed me. While I do like this book, I'd just like to point out a few tidbits I have before getting into the good stuff. I honestly felt a little short with the ending, it seemed lacking for me. Nonetheless, it is very sweet and just gets me warm in all the right places. I would also have to nitpick the world-building. The backdrop in this one is so very pretty and I really wish the author utilized it more to their advantage because it would definitely make the story more interesting but again, I think this story worked itself out in the end anyway. On to the good stuff, I really like many things about this story. One would be the premise- despite the lack of worldbuilding, it is absolutely gorgeous and I just can imagine this whimsical story playing before my very eyes- the narrative definitely really helped with that. The protagonist's voice is so fresh and his personality is just amiable. I love reading Tal navigating through all of this- the magic, his identity in general, it's just really good stuff that's really well-written. There are also family-themed undertones here and while it comes second to third maybe with the adventure going on, it's very notable as it is excellently conveyed. This is overall a really likeable story and while it did not unravel the way I expected it to, I just really like it. The thing I most appreciate though is the romance between Tal and Athlen. It is very subtle but it really speaks volumes- just their little touches and small exchanges really sets off these sparks of chemistry between them and I just devour every single interaction because it's just beautiful and soft. I am not kidding when I say the romance here will effortlessly sweep off your feet. How their relationship develops throughout the story is truly something I enjoyed reading. There is a certain tone to this story that I really like- it's just very heartwarming but at the same time simply deluxe. I can't really put it into words, it's just enchanting. It's just an utterly amazing book filled of wonderful themes and I'm just all here for it and seriously recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good adventure and a romance that sparkles brighter than any sea. (view spoiler)[PS. This honestly felt like a Disney movie on paper with a gay prince and you can't convince me otherwise. PPS. Also, merman. How can you not like this when there is literally a cute and precious merman?? (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    this cover is so soft, queer and aesthetically pleasing *screams*

  5. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I need all the soft gay pirate babies <3

  6. 5 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    this was such a fun quick read, it also is a standalone i believe and i really like how good the world building was, i expected it to be more of a pirate romance kind of thing but i still enjoyed it either way

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    THIS WAS SO CUTE!!!! Going into this book, I had no idea it was a fantasy romance. I just thought it was a historical romance about a guy going on his coming of age tour falling for a guy who is hanging with pirates. While that does happen, the magic plays a HUGE part in this book and I really loved it. The growth Tal goes through from hiding in the castle as the magical fourth royal child to someone who is strong, confident, and determined to save the ones he loves was amazing. Tal's relationsh THIS WAS SO CUTE!!!! Going into this book, I had no idea it was a fantasy romance. I just thought it was a historical romance about a guy going on his coming of age tour falling for a guy who is hanging with pirates. While that does happen, the magic plays a HUGE part in this book and I really loved it. The growth Tal goes through from hiding in the castle as the magical fourth royal child to someone who is strong, confident, and determined to save the ones he loves was amazing. Tal's relationship with his family as definitely one of my favorite aspects of this book. From the first page to the last page, their devotion and love to one another was just so heartwarming. I would have loved to get to know their mom more too, but I still enjoyed seeing Tal interact with his siblings. The romance in this book was just so wholesome and sweet and I was swooning over it. Tal and Athlen slowly fell for each other and would do anything to keep each other safe. There's even a nursing-back-to-health scene in here that was adorable. I can't gush about them or this book enough! Definitely go pick it up!

  8. 4 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: bi/pan mc, mlm li, side character with depression, poc characters tw: blood, murder, panic attacks Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher. In Deeper Waters is the kind of book I was destined to enjoy. It’s fantasy, yes, but it’s very heavily focused on romance, and if you know anything about me, it surely is how much I love when that happens. This isn’t to say that nothing else happens, apart from two boys being into each other. It’s quite the opposite actually, it’s action rep: bi/pan mc, mlm li, side character with depression, poc characters tw: blood, murder, panic attacks Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher. In Deeper Waters is the kind of book I was destined to enjoy. It’s fantasy, yes, but it’s very heavily focused on romance, and if you know anything about me, it surely is how much I love when that happens. This isn’t to say that nothing else happens, apart from two boys being into each other. It’s quite the opposite actually, it’s action-packed. It’s just that even with everything that’s going on, with kidnappings and ransoms, and a threat of war, there’s always this undercurrent of love. The romance feels like the central part of the novel, even though it technically really isn’t. I think it’s the love that ultimately makes this a very gentle book. Not even the romance, but love in general. Because yes, Tal has a family that he loves fiercely and who loves him back to death; there are friends becoming a found family; there are people just willing to help others. To balance out every dramatic thing that takes place, there’s at least one tender scene, overflowing with love. In Deeper Waters might not be the kind of book to keep you at the edge of your seat with anticipation (the vibes are pretty clear from the start: there will be a happy ending), but it sure is one that will make you feel safe & welcomed. And, most importantly, loved. It’s a story you want to read on a rainy day, so its softness would warm you (and your heart).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    No one is more surprised and disappointed than I that I didn't vibe with this book. I had such high hopes for it, it sounded right up my alley, but it just fell so flat for me. Initially, I found the book cute and endearing, especially the main character and the love interest. But at the same time, this book felt so juvenile for YA, and it never gave me the coming of age story it promised beyond the plotline itself. What I mean by that is that I want to see it emotionally, mentally. And I just ne No one is more surprised and disappointed than I that I didn't vibe with this book. I had such high hopes for it, it sounded right up my alley, but it just fell so flat for me. Initially, I found the book cute and endearing, especially the main character and the love interest. But at the same time, this book felt so juvenile for YA, and it never gave me the coming of age story it promised beyond the plotline itself. What I mean by that is that I want to see it emotionally, mentally. And I just never gained much insight in that. I think the book was just really underdeveloped. There was next to no world building either, and I feel like the romance was so sudden and instalovey without giving it more depth later on. Like I said, I thought the characters were cute, but I don't feel like I really got to know them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Okay, I am STILL dying. [ see below ;) ] This queer high fantasy romance fairytale was absolutely EVERYTHING. I honestly CHERISHED this. I think I will forever cherish this book. My boys are so precious!!!! So here for the pan rep (loved it all the more because its so close to my own heart, obviously 🤍), the honestly... all encompassing LGBTQIA+ rep, in its own way? Just... such an amazing royal family, and so much magic in unexpected places! Ahhhh, I loved this SO MUCH. *s Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Okay, I am STILL dying. [ see below ;) ] This queer high fantasy romance fairytale was absolutely EVERYTHING. I honestly CHERISHED this. I think I will forever cherish this book. My boys are so precious!!!! So here for the pan rep (loved it all the more because its so close to my own heart, obviously 🤍), the honestly... all encompassing LGBTQIA+ rep, in its own way? Just... such an amazing royal family, and so much magic in unexpected places! Ahhhh, I loved this SO MUCH. *swoons* Both Tal & Athlen are SO DREAMY! Especially together! ( I mean, DUH! 🥰 ) *Swoons forever & ever, Amen* 1000% recommend. This book is currently holding my heart mmk? <3 ______________ Okay, I am dying. THE TROPES ARE ALL THEBESTTTTT AND HOLY SHIT IS THE COVER GORGEOUS & ADORABLE. I want these boys in my lifeeeeeee

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    ⚓️ Full review posted! ⚓️ A royal and a prisoner fall in love amidst a coming-of-age tour upturned by pirates? That, with comparisons to Pirates of the Carribean had my heart from the beginning. In Deeper Waters was a mindlessly fun read filled with all the right kinds of magic! ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Prince Tal has been locked up in the palace for years, forced to hide the rare magic in his veins. His coming-of-age tour is a much needed taste of freedom, but the discovery ⚓️ Full review posted! ⚓️ A royal and a prisoner fall in love amidst a coming-of-age tour upturned by pirates? That, with comparisons to Pirates of the Carribean had my heart from the beginning. In Deeper Waters was a mindlessly fun read filled with all the right kinds of magic! ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Prince Tal has been locked up in the palace for years, forced to hide the rare magic in his veins. His coming-of-age tour is a much needed taste of freedom, but the discovery of a prisoner chained to a half sunken ship bring his plans to a halt. Tal is tasked with looking over the strange man—Athlen—as he is questioned about his imprisonment. As he thinks he’s made a friend, Athlen jumps overboard and disappears into the sea, right before Tal is kidnapped by pirates looking to confirm rumours of magic. ~★~ Sweet is a word that encompasses this story to a T. The characters have such heart, its truly hard not to love them. Tal’s compassion was infectious, and Athlen’s curiosity put a smile on my face from the very start. The romance was heartwarming and genuine; Tal and Athlen’s relationship is definitely what makes this book so wonderful (as well as Tal’s bond with his brothers)! While I loved the cast of In Deeper Waters, the plot is where things faltered. The overarching story was pretty generic, though not unredeemable. F.T. Lukens’ writing style exuded fun, rendering the plot—though ordinary and predictable—entertaining enough to flip through at a brisk pace. I adored the whimsy of this tale, including pirates, mages and mermaids. I can forgive the plot for just that reason—lovely characters and magic!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    A gay prince, pirates, a love story, and some magic? Yes, please!! Sign me up for F.T. Lukens' In Deeper Waters ! Tal is the youngest son of the Queen. He’s spent most of his life hidden away in the castle, as all are afraid he might inadvertently reveal his magical abilities, which could shatter the peace that his family has worked so hard to preserve. Now, he’s been allowed to partake in the kingdom’s traditional coming-of-age tour, and travel throughout the kingdom with his older brother and A gay prince, pirates, a love story, and some magic? Yes, please!! Sign me up for F.T. Lukens' In Deeper Waters ! Tal is the youngest son of the Queen. He’s spent most of his life hidden away in the castle, as all are afraid he might inadvertently reveal his magical abilities, which could shatter the peace that his family has worked so hard to preserve. Now, he’s been allowed to partake in the kingdom’s traditional coming-of-age tour, and travel throughout the kingdom with his older brother and the family’s bodyguard. But not long into the journey they find a burning ship and a mysterious prisoner, Athlen, with whom Tal feels an immediate connection. Athlen convinces Tal to free him, only to watch him jump overboard into the ocean. Tal is devastated by Athlen’s disappearance, sure he must have drowned. When he sees Athlen a few days later, he’s surprised—and very pleased. But their time together is fleeting, as Tal is kidnapped by pirates who want to trick him into revealing his magical powers, which will instigate a war. It will take all of his strength and cunning to survive and get back home—and it’s Athlen’s turn to save him now. What secrets are Athlen hiding? Will they help Tal or put him in more danger? Can Tal warn his family about what is happening before war breaks out? And can two very different young men from two different walks of life find happiness? There are lots of obstacles to overcome. This book was utterly charming and so sweet. It felt a little like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue , a little like Carry On , but yet all its own. I really enjoyed all of these characters and their immediate acceptance of people’s differences. I don’t know if In Deeper Waters is intended to be the first in a series, but I’d love to see this world and these characters that Lukens created again. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  13. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    This cover. This synopsis. This sounds so good. I'm really looking forward to this one! This cover. This synopsis. This sounds so good. I'm really looking forward to this one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅

    4.75 stars I received an advanced reader copy via Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The synopsis of "In Deeper Waters" sounded very promising, and I’m happy to report that the story really held up! It was easy to understand, and the world building was done incredibly well. There was no info dumping, nor was it written vaguely. The adventure was such a fun time too. I adored every minute of it! The main characters where especially likeable. 4.75 stars I received an advanced reader copy via Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The synopsis of "In Deeper Waters" sounded very promising, and I’m happy to report that the story really held up! It was easy to understand, and the world building was done incredibly well. There was no info dumping, nor was it written vaguely. The adventure was such a fun time too. I adored every minute of it! The main characters where especially likeable. Tal was so nice and genuine. From the start I could tell I’d love him! Athlen was also very wholesome. At first, I wasn’t particularly fond of him. However, as the story progressed, I found myself absolutely adoring his character! Moreover, the side characters where one of the best parts of the book! I love how each and every one of Tal’s siblings had their own distinct personalities. Kest was courageous and kind, much like Tal. On the other hand, Garret was spontaneous and outgoing. His sisters where also strong and resilient. Adding on to that, I really loved how In Deeper Waters contains such powerful women. From Tal’s bodyguard, to a fiery sea captain, women can do it all! In addition, the dialogue was very heartwarming. I enjoyed reading Tal’s conversations with his siblings. They each had a special way of interacting, and it was just too cute! Athlen and Tal’s conversations where at times mysterious, and this only made me want to read more. However, the dialogue between all the characters where mostly joyous or emotional. At first I couldn’t resonate much with the writing style. Third person writing is not my thing, but In Deeper Waters has changed my perspective on it. The writing was eccentric and fresh. It always had me at the edge of my seat! Furthermore, the talk about classism intrigued me quite a bit. It’s not something I see discussed much in historical fiction, so I’m glad it was mentioned. The overall enjoyment level of In Deeper Waters is very high. It took a little while for me to be fully engrossed in the story, but once I got into it, the book was immensely enjoyable! All in all, this novel is an exceptionally refreshing read that’s perfect for spring! It’s the epic high fantasy you’ve been waiting for! ---Overall--- Age Rating: 15 and up TW: Torture, violence, death Final Rating: 9.5/10 or 4.75 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  15. 4 out of 5

    ahaana ☽

    read the full review on my blog this gave me so many feels - 100% a comfort read lmao read the full review on my blog this gave me so many feels - 100% a comfort read lmao

  16. 4 out of 5

    Em, Story Eater

    The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean??? sign me the fuck up The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean??? sign me the fuck up

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)

    Me: “Siri, how do we time travel?” Siri: “Time travel is the concept of movement between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space by an object or a person, typically with the use of a hypothetical device known as a time machine. Time travel is a widely recognized concept in philosophy and fiction. The idea of a time machine was popularized by H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine.” Me: “Can’t you just send me a YouTube tutorial?” Me: “Siri, how do we time travel?” Siri: “Time travel is the concept of movement between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space by an object or a person, typically with the use of a hypothetical device known as a time machine. Time travel is a widely recognized concept in philosophy and fiction. The idea of a time machine was popularized by H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine.” Me: “Can’t you just send me a YouTube tutorial?”

  18. 5 out of 5

    ☀ Kat Nova ☀

    G A Y? P I R A T E S? say no more

  19. 4 out of 5

    katie ❀

    gays at sea. that's all i have to say. rtc! gays at sea. that's all i have to say. rtc!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica ♋️✨

    Super freaking cute 🥰 If you love a quick easy gay pirate romance then i HIGHLY recommend this book to you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    probably one i'd have loved when i was younger, but only really liked now read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: bi/pan mc, mlm li, side character with depression probably one i'd have loved when i was younger, but only really liked now read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: bi/pan mc, mlm li, side character with depression

  22. 4 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “But I’d like for you to be… I want you to be…” “Yes?” Athlen stepped closer. He licked his lips. “You want me to be what?” “Mine.” Absolutely amazing. I love this book with my whole damn heart. I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH. THE MAIN COUPLE MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. 5 “beloved” stars. This was probably my most anticipated release for this year and it didn't disappoint. i'm so happy i picked this up Story: It’s essentially about Tal (prince) who is finally stepping out of the castle for the first time for his “But I’d like for you to be… I want you to be…” “Yes?” Athlen stepped closer. He licked his lips. “You want me to be what?” “Mine.” Absolutely amazing. I love this book with my whole damn heart. I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH. THE MAIN COUPLE MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. 5 “beloved” stars. This was probably my most anticipated release for this year and it didn't disappoint. i'm so happy i picked this up Story: It’s essentially about Tal (prince) who is finally stepping out of the castle for the first time for his coming-of-age tour of his kingdom. Tal has magic, unfortunately considered a curse in their kingdom, and so has been hidden his entire life. On his journey he meets a stranger, Athlen. As the story goes on, Tal is kidnapped by mercenaries and is saved by Athlen. Tal learns that his family has been betrayed and with Athlen’s help, wants to save his kingdom and family from further danger. I just want to give both Tal and Athlen a giant, warm hug. They are some of the purest characters I’ve read about. AND CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT THE FUCKING GORGEOUS COVER? Stunnnning. Tal was just so innocent and naïve in the beginning of the book. It hurt to read about how sheltered hes been his entire life. “The world isn’t kind,” Tal said” “But that doesn’t mean I can’t be.” Athlen was just guarded. He’s been lonely and isolated and skittish his entire life and when he opens up to Tal so soon in the book, I could literally feel his emotions. Felt how badly he wanted someone to care about and someone who would care for him. “I know you want to protect me, but I don’t need protecting. I’d rather be in danger with you than left behind” And he’s a merman. That’s right. A merman. I legit thought this was a prince-pirate romance. But it’s not. Am I disappointed? HELL-fucking-NO The development of both the characters are more on a personal level. They developed on how the felt about themselves and their powers. Tal finally gains confidence and stops beating himself up and honestly? It’s hot for a YA. “I most definitely was not having fun at the expense of those I love. I am Prince Taliesin of Harth, fourth child of Queen Carys, and you will obey my command. Is that clear?” They’re the last of their kind and the come to terms with it and deal with it together and it’s just so sweet. “I know we’re both the last, and we’ve felt alone. But we could be alone together.” Every scene of them together is nothing but sweet and tender and makes me hate myself more. “Can I touch you?” “Yes.” Tal wrapped his arms around Athlen’s shaking body and held on. “I’ve got you.” “I know.” His breath was cool on Tal’s neck. “For how long?” “Until you tell me to let go.” Ngl. The entire time I read this book I’m like “this would be so hot if it wasn’t YA” the angst between them!! I’m like. Urghhhhh. I went into this book fully expecting a wrecked or terrible family. But you guys. This family. Fucking precious. Save them at all costs. They were the most supportive, loving and all around just plain good people. They had banter and arguments and “sibling moments” I couldn’t help relate with. “You don’t have to do this for me.” Garrett puffed out his chest. “Who says I’m doing it for you? Maybe it’s time I settle down.” “Settle down?” Kest huffed. “This coming from the man who spends most of the year at sea.” “Yes. Settle down. Give Mother some grandchildren. The sea knows she’ll not have any from you if you don’t ever let Shay know you adore her.” “Kest sputtered in embarrassment.” I love how they just accepted Athlen in. Honestly every person in this book, including the villains, was just perfect. They had character and personality whether it be good or cruel. It just worked. overall: completely recommend this book if you’re looking for something fun, fluffy and easy. Honestly I do t think I’ll re-read this anytime soon. It just feels like the kind of book you read once and live it and leave it. It had these twists and secrets that’s revealed and I can’t live through it again but I might just go Back into this for Tal and Athlen. “You’re my beloved,” Athlen said, his voice a vibration against Tal’s lips. “And you’re mine.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Timmy

    1.5 stars, rounded down because this was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and I'm super disappointed. First of all; this is NOT a pirate romance or whatever this book was marketed as. They're on a ship for like 5 pages and an ellipsis but that's it so don't go into it thinking it's a pirate story. The characters are also super disappointing! I know they're young (16) but can't we please get just an ounce of character development? I don't want to go into spoilers but the only development ju 1.5 stars, rounded down because this was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and I'm super disappointed. First of all; this is NOT a pirate romance or whatever this book was marketed as. They're on a ship for like 5 pages and an ellipsis but that's it so don't go into it thinking it's a pirate story. The characters are also super disappointing! I know they're young (16) but can't we please get just an ounce of character development? I don't want to go into spoilers but the only development just felt painfully cliché and honestly, badly brought up. Everything also felt painfully obvious and cliché. I should have counted how many times I put the book down, sighed, and told my roommate my predictions for the next 10 pages or so. I was right every single time. It was so boring to read because of this. There was so much potential! But all of the dialogue was cliché, things I've read at least a thousand times in fanfics. Also, not a big fan of the romance. Very insta-lovey (you've known this guy for 2 days and he's the love of your life??), which is something I really hate in fiction. If you're fine with it, you'll probably enjoy the book a lot more than I did, at least. It was still sort of cute at times, I guess. I didn't hate it as much as I hated the romance in The Friend Scheme (idk if that's even possible tbh) so that's something. Anyway. I'm so disappointed, I can't really recommend this book to anyone. It was a pain to pick up. I just didn't want to read at all, because I knew I'd just get angry with the book. But if you do decide to pick it up, I hope you'll have a great time with it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    -`ˏ Galaxi Faerie ˎ´˗

    -`ˏ 4 stars ˎ´˗ Storyline -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗ For starters, just to be clear, this is not a story about gay pirates falling in love. We set sails on a coming-of-age journey of a young prince named Tal. As the fourth child of five, his worries do not involve inheriting the throne or being the commander of the navy, or even becoming a scholar. What he may become is more terrifying than imagine. He has awakened forbidden magic that was once used to inflict pain on many people, and which continues to frighte -`ˏ 4 stars ˎ´˗ Storyline -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗ For starters, just to be clear, this is not a story about gay pirates falling in love. We set sails on a coming-of-age journey of a young prince named Tal. As the fourth child of five, his worries do not involve inheriting the throne or being the commander of the navy, or even becoming a scholar. What he may become is more terrifying than imagine. He has awakened forbidden magic that was once used to inflict pain on many people, and which continues to frighten all those around him. Spending most of his life hidden within the walls of the palace, practicing to conceal his powers from others, this journey is the scariest yet stimulating thing he has ever experienced. . until he realized he gets seasick and rather be done with it. Few days in, we stumbled across an abandoned ship where a mysterious wanderer name Atlen was left shackled and imprisoned. Sparks are flying, hearts are thumping, an intense connection is being made. Yet Atlen decides he rather jump overboard, which starts their cat and mouse chase as they flee from pirates, try to cease a war, all in the hope of saving Tal's family and the kingdom. Characters -`ˏ 9/10 ˎ´˗ I just wanted to hug Tal throughout the whole book and just whisper to him that everything’s going to be okay, don’t let your fears be your weakness, we’re all here for you sweetie. He's afraid everyone will fear him, he doesn't want to be labeled a monster for something he can't control. He is in a constant battle with himself, he does not want to harm others and wants people to believe he would not do that as well. In the eyes of others, he’s nothing more than a weapon for war and power. Atlen, a man with many secrets. Can’t really say much about him without being spoilers, but I can tell you he is absolutely adorable! My only regret is that there was a missed opportunity to dig deeper into his background, although he’s a love interest we don't really concentrate on him. Atmosphere -`ˏ 7/10 ˎ´˗ It’s such a sweet and fluffy story, just ignore how blood was being spilled every few pages. There is not much world-building as we spend most of the story on ships in the midst of vast seas. We focus on how Tal interacts with others while trying to understand his position in the world and how to manage his powers and emotions before it gets the better of him. Trigger warnings: Anxiety, vomiting. kidnapping, physical assault, blood, and death (mention). Language -`ˏ 8/10 ˎ´˗ This is not insta-love and the pacing was done well. Meanwhile, I think some things were highly suggested so that when the great reveal came it wasn’t as shocking. However, I wasn't expecting the ending and I like the thought that you know what's going to happen but then get surprised when you’re absolutely wrong. Enjoyment -`ˏ 10/10 ˎ´˗ “It’ll be like a scene from my favorite novel. Expect you’re both soaking wet and cover in blood.” This quote may be completely misunderstood with no content but I 100% agree with you Isa (Tal’s sister). What I adored the most is how supportive Tal’s whole family is, his brothers teasing him, his sisters welcoming whoever he brings home, his mother wanting him to be with the person he loves as long as they love him back. It's unusual to see a royal family so beautiful that you love them all. It was a great read. e-Arc provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. -`ˏ Thank You ˎ´˗

  25. 4 out of 5

    bailee duke

    this book was... frustrating. i was really looking forward to a queer pirate romance but i was just disappointed. i could tell what the author was trying to write, but it just didn’t translate onto the page. i thought the world-building was severely lacking; the different kingdoms ended up playing a role in the plot but they weren’t explained very well. the plot was good but i felt a lot of the conflicts were resolved too quickly. the romance had it’s cute moments that i enjoyed, but i just thou this book was... frustrating. i was really looking forward to a queer pirate romance but i was just disappointed. i could tell what the author was trying to write, but it just didn’t translate onto the page. i thought the world-building was severely lacking; the different kingdoms ended up playing a role in the plot but they weren’t explained very well. the plot was good but i felt a lot of the conflicts were resolved too quickly. the romance had it’s cute moments that i enjoyed, but i just thought they lacked chemistry. i’m not a fan of insta-love, and i just thought the romance was introduced wayyy too early. however, i did enjoy the ending. the last 30 pages was probably my favorite part of the whole book. i wish the entire book could’ve been similar to that. overall, i was just really disappointed; the whole book just felt kinda underdeveloped. i know what the author was going for, it just didn’t hit the mark for me. 2.5/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    maegan

    A cute and light read 👨‍❤️‍👨 At first I couldn’t quite point out what I felt was lacking for me to be able to rate it higher. I mean, it was entertaining and all the characters were cinnamon rolls, so what exactly could have improved it for me? And then it suddenly hit me. It has a very thin plot even though it’s a high fantasy. The main focus is on romance, which isn’t a bad thing, I’m a sucker for romance, but when it’s the main plotline I expect a bit of angst and drama. There was very little A cute and light read 👨‍❤️‍👨 At first I couldn’t quite point out what I felt was lacking for me to be able to rate it higher. I mean, it was entertaining and all the characters were cinnamon rolls, so what exactly could have improved it for me? And then it suddenly hit me. It has a very thin plot even though it’s a high fantasy. The main focus is on romance, which isn’t a bad thing, I’m a sucker for romance, but when it’s the main plotline I expect a bit of angst and drama. There was very little of that here, with a few plot twists here and there that were, sadly, quite predictable. Satisfying? Yes. But also kind of rushed and flat. I’d still recommend it for a quick read in between books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    andrea ✨

    i was sold as soon as it said “the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue meets pirates of the caribbean” because THOSE ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS EVER SKDJSK. also what a gorgeous cover 😍

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane (whatjanereads)

    Actual rating: 4,5 I have a love-hate relationship with YA fantasy these days, but this one was definitely the love kind! The characters were amazing, there is so much action and it never got boring. Both protagonists were absolute cinnamon rolls, I shipped them immediately and they were so cute together. Athlen was my favourite, that funny little weirdo who doesn’t have a single clue about human etiquette. I loved their interaction and how they connected over their “otherness” rather than being af Actual rating: 4,5 I have a love-hate relationship with YA fantasy these days, but this one was definitely the love kind! The characters were amazing, there is so much action and it never got boring. Both protagonists were absolute cinnamon rolls, I shipped them immediately and they were so cute together. Athlen was my favourite, that funny little weirdo who doesn’t have a single clue about human etiquette. I loved their interaction and how they connected over their “otherness” rather than being afraid of the other. I also loved all side characters, especially Dara! I was immediately pulled in by the story and the world. At first I was a little sad that there is so little world building, but for a YA fantasy it’s just enough to understand what is going on in the kingdom and to keep the story going. A super fast read, gripping, cute and funny fairytale kind of fantasy book that I would absolutely recommend reading! Will there be a sequel? I would 100% read it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    sevcan

    i almost dnf'd this but then things actually got interesting a little so i kept going, but i really didn't feel a thing while reading it, except for boredom and the few times i laughed a bit at the brothers' interactions. it actually pains me to say that this was a very disappointing read :/ i almost dnf'd this but then things actually got interesting a little so i kept going, but i really didn't feel a thing while reading it, except for boredom and the few times i laughed a bit at the brothers' interactions. it actually pains me to say that this was a very disappointing read :/

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    July 01, 2020: The cover. The cover. THE COVER.

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