The sequel is on sale today so I thought it was probably time to pick up SWEET BLACK WAVES from my Kindle and give it the ol' college try. I bought it because of the sumptuous Gothic cover and the fact that it was a fairytale retelling of sorts: a reimagining of Tristan and Iseult.
This is mostly a case of "it's not you, it's me." The writing is perfectly fine, and about what you would expect in a basic YA fantasy novel: a bit bland, ornamental in the way that people typically expect of fantasy books. There is insta-love, which is true to the legend I guess but doesn't really add any new depth to the story. I just found myself sitting here, waiting for action, or emotional engagement, and found neither.
I do not think this book is for me.
1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars