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Lies We Sing to the Sea: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! New for 2023, a sapphic YA fantasy romance inspired by Greek mythology, for all fans of The Song of Achilles

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Poly stories and cheating plots aren't a sin, naturally, but if you're gonna brag about how you're bringing diversity to the genre and not mention at all that the male/female romance is the more important one, I really really don't see where the confidence comes from. anyway, that should solidly debunk the “last 3 or 4 years” claim—there’s plenty in classical Greek authors too—read Sandra Boehringer for fuck’s sake. The book might have felt stronger from one narrative point of view vs three point of view characters. I was hesitant, as an avid reader of Greek mythology and all the recent retellings, would I enjoy this book?

poc authors are often turned away because greek mythology retellings have been done so much, and retellings of their own mythology are heavily scrutinized and need to meet high standards, yet this white author was handed a six figure deal and didn’t even read the original work that her book claims to be retelling.Less than a page is dedicated to explaining Leto’s fraught relationship with her father and I kid you not it is a copy-paste of Katniss and her mother’s relationship minus a sister.

Now, for the stuff I was not a fan of: Reading the blurb for the book, you might think you understand the premise or the stakes. Neither the flow nor the use of English, the sentence construction or the expressed imagination is sufficient to define this book as a great fantasy novel. If we're being honest, the only reason I reached the last page is because the rest of the club dropped the book and I was the last rat left standing.Why develop the relationship between Leto and Melantho when you could just timeskip over several months and have them go from strangers to friends to wanting to bang in the span of. When the kiss happens, they are sharing a bed (not by choice, it’s a ‘only one bed trope’ situation– something Melantho’s inner monologue previously mentioned made her uncomfortable. Gorgeous, tragic, and timeless, Underwood’s LIES WE SING TO THE SEA makes an age-old story feel new again.

it’s almost impressive how, every time I think the worst possible YA twist on ancient Greek mythology has been dragged out from the bucket of slime from whence Madeline Miller crawled, something new manages to surprise me. She obtained her MEng in Computational Bioengineering at Imperial College, London, and has recently graduated with an MPhil in Population Health Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Underwood expertly weaves a tale about the inevitability of fate--and the love that makes us rail against it anyway. That's the fate for Leto, but, instead, she wakes up to a mysterious island with a mysterious girl and not completely human.The author tries to sprinkle in little bits of exposition here and there (when she’s not beating us over the head with it blatantly), mostly character backstory, but it’s only ever the tiniest bit - a few words at the end of a paragraph, and then we don’t hear about it again.

Explain to me then why Leto spends the book cheating on Melantho with Mathias, and the emotional peak of the story is Leto having sex with Mathias. Sarah Underwood’s writing is stunning as she weaves a compelling story of love and revenge in a mythological setting. Sarah Underwood weaves an epic tapestry of lies, love, and tragedy, perfect for fans of Madeline Miller, Alexandra Bracken, and Renée Ahdieh . Leto, daughter of the last Oracle, is one of the chosen twelve but she awakes from her hanging on a far away island in the company of Melantho, who tells her there is only one way to break the curse, Leto must kill the last prince of Ithaca.She’s also often portrayed as blameless when it comes to the maids, and I think, ‘if she’s really that clever and manipulative, could she not have found a way out? Given the sheer volume of contrived information, I don’t understand why this was not a second world fantasy.

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