Mythological Mondays: The Mythology in WAKING STORMS by Sarah Porter (& You're Gonna LOVE Me)

Mythological Mondays is a feature I created to spotlight books brimming with--you guessed it--mythology! I adore this sub-genre and can't wait to share my love with all of my fellow bookworms! This feature isn't just focused on novel reviews; it may also include interviews, looks at original mythological tales, etc. Please feel free to do this with me! If you guys ever do a mythological feature and want to join this and snag my lovely mermaid, I would LOVE to see the feature. Leave a comment for us all to see! It doesn’t have to be Greek mythology, or even mythology per say. It can be mermaids, unicorns, or heck, even fairy tales (because I’m too lazy to do a separate fairy tale feature…). It doesn’t even have to be every Monday. I’m sure there will be Mondays when I skip,, uh, recently?^^;;;

Today's Mythological Monday post is also:

Two birds, one stone.^_^

After parting ways with her troubled mermaid tribe, Luce just wants to live peacefully on her own. But her tranquility doesn’t last long: she receives news that the tribe is on the verge of collapse and desperately needs her leadership. The tribe’s cruel queen wants Luce dead. Dorian, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save, is determined to make her pay for her part in the murder of his family. And while the mermaids cling to the idea that humans never suspect their existence, there are suddenly ominous signs to the contrary.But when Luce and Dorian meet, they start to wonder if love can overpower the hatred they know they should feel for each other. Can Luce fulfill her rightful role as queen of the mermaids without sacrificing her forbidden romance with Dorian?

From Goodreads

WAKING STORMS is the sequel to last year's LOST VOICES, Sarah Porter's debut novel.  It is the second in a trilogy of books about sirens.  I almost wish I had waited until next week to post this because I just noticed that on March 6th, it will be the one-year anniversary of the day I launched my You're Gonna LOVE Me feature--because of LOST VOICES.  (See the first post!)  Hopefully, I'll use this feature more frequently this year.  I always mean to and then the book's release date gets too close and then...I don't.

Last year, I also interviewed Sarah Porter for Fairy Tale Fortnight (Watch out for FTF again this April!) and, of course, reviewed LOST VOICES.  If you're into mermaids or darker tales, this series is for you!  The mermaids remind me more of the ones from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (which I actually saw for the first time last night; in fact, that's why I finally cracked this open!  I got home and planned to go to bed relatively early since I'd gotten so little sleep the night before after the wedding, but from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., I DEVOURED this book.  Could not put it DOWN!).  They're darker, more violent than your average mermaid.  Sirens bring doom to sailors and their ships.  Porter's trilogy is also darker because of the way/reason girls turn into mermaids.

WAKING STORMS is even darker than LOST VOICES.  I personally loved it even more than I did the first book, and that's saying a lot.  I can't wait to see how the series concludes in 2013 with THE TWICE LOST!  (This is one of the downsides of ARCS, bookworms: WAKING STORMS won't be available in bookstores until July and the third one in July 2013, yet I already crave it!)  I'm looking forward to reviewing this book for you in June during my Splash into Summer event!

For now, you'll have to look forward to some tidbits!

What I CAN tell that Porter uses mythology in unexpected ways in WAKING STORMS.
(And the following is why this post can also be for Mythological Mondays, lol!)

We find out why girls become mermaids in the fashion they do (How did none of us, not even main character Luce, stop to think about this in LOST VOICES?) and who created them. We get an inside look at the first mermaids. And....I will not spoil that further, but I loved reading this mythology!

There is also an island that reminds me of a very famous island out of Greek mythology...and events occur on this island that I NEVER saw coming.

There's so much new depth and world-building in WAKING STORMS.  Just when you thought you had everything more or less figured out and knew the direction the trilogy would go after reading LOST VOICES, Porter went and broke the rules again.  This book is amazing and I can't wait to review it for all of you!


  1. I canNOT wait for this book! I keep praying that Netgalley will put an e-arc up soon so I can read it, because it doesn't look like I'll be lucky enough for a paper ARC this year. =(

    But your review was great. I am even more interested/anxious to find out what's going on in this book. I wondered what caused only the girls to turn into mermaids in the first book! Happy about that answer!


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