Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crown Review #37 - Ice Massacre

Ice Massacre - Tiana Warner


Rating: 4/5 Stars
Series: Mermaids of Eriana Kwai
Length: 375 Pages
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Synopsis:
A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.

The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.

Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.

For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground.
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In Ice Massacre, the island of Erana Kwai sends 20 warriors to battle off with the mermaids or "sea demons" only to find that most warriors do not return home. The island has to figure out a new strategy to defeat these mermaids once and for all. Ultimately, new strategy is to send 20 warriors to battle them, but this time, it is going to be an all-girls team. If the mermaids' allure can work on men, it may not work on women as they have a certain resistance to it. 

I do not think I have read many books where everything just flowed smoothly naturally. In some books, several story plots are immediately thrown out at you and tells you this is how the story is going to go and what this story is about. In this story, I felt that it didn't do that. There were several plots, but they each took their own time to come in naturally. It just flowed so smoothly.

The idea of mermaids fighting off humans was interesting, but I originally thought of it as the other way around. Meela would be a mermaid and she was fighting off humans to save her land.  After starting the book, I quickly realized that I was wrong and Meela is actually a human protecting her island from the mermaids instead. This is where I started to think this book was actually something.

I loved the beginning scenes when Meela was 8 years old as it worked as a background for the story. It showed how everything came to be for her very own Massacre and how her relationships came to be and become a factor in the story. I loved all the scenes she had with Lysi just casually chatting. It showed that not all mermaids are "demons" on this island. 

The relationship between Lysi and Meela was very interesting to read about. It was fun to explore their different backgrounds and how they didn't let their backgrounds come between them. They even showed that at the actually massacre. However, there was specific tensions and consequences for this relationship, especially from the King of Mermaids. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I believe this is one the best books out there that had plots flow into each other so smoothly. I have already bought the next book and I am hoping it is going to be just as good as this one and just as quick to. 

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