When the Sea Is Rising Red
1. I loved the world building. Classes, aristocracy, a town that revolves around the sea, superstition being so entwined with this society, mythical creatures... that sounds like a quite a interesting mix of elements. And all of this added to the suspense because it made it much more difficult for me to figure out what was going to happen.
2. Let me introduce our main character, Felicita. My first impression of her was not a good one. In fact I honestly hated her because she was a stuck up, spoiled little bitch who put too much face into her family's name. But after she fakes her death and starts living among the hobs, she becomes more likeable. Felicita grows into her own skin and developed the courage to do what she had to do to survive and be happy. I don't think I would have been able to do what she did-faking a suicide and estranging herself from her controlling family, hide her identity and forge a new life, and then something else that I won't give away. This girl has balls, it just took her a while to find them.
3. The supporting characters were awesome too. They were lovable and each had an interesting back story as to why they were squatting on Whelk Street with one another. The only one I didn't like was Jannik. He was whiny and bitchy and just was not the strong male character I wanted. Dash was an asshole as well. There was a lot of his story that seemed to be left out or completely unbelievable. But he did his job and played his role out well I guess. Everyone looked out for one another, and if you were in with Dash you were golden. But it was clear that something was being kept from us and Felicita.
4. This book had homosexuality in it. It wasn't over or underplayed, Hellisen wove it into the story in such a way that it added to the characters' lives and actually connected to other elements in the story. That goes for the romance and love interests as well. I actually got a teensy bit irked because I wanted more gushy gushy and less action/actual plot.
5. That love triangle! See above. It's different and nothing is explicitly said.
6. It's a standalone.... WHY?! It isn't that I'm absolutely dying to find out what happens next to these characters. There was just so much in this book that was left unsolved that a sequel would definitely be welcome. Maybe this is just me looking for answers to little unimportant details, but I hate it when something is touched on and then skipped over for the rest of novel.
7. That being said, A LOT happened in this relatively short book that surprising didn't make it seem rushed. It had great flow, both in character and plot development.
A little bit of suspence
Supporting characters are really well constructed and easy to like
Here's the Blurb:
After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it.
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Look at that cover. Isn't it Creepy/Gorgeous?