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The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide #1) by Alicia Jasinska – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  2 June 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia


Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for having me on the blog/bookstagram tour for The Dark Tide!



Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.

Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.

When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.




Thank you so much to Penguin Books Australia for sending me a copy of The Dark Tide, in exchange for an honest review!

When the annual festival rolls around, where every year the witch queen chooses a boy to use as a sacrifice, to hold back the tide from sinking the island, Lina is terrified her brother will be chosen.  Following her brother to the festival, she encounters Thomas, who was chosen as a sacrifice two years ago and managed to convince the then queen to sacrifice herself instead.  Sure Thomas can’t be chosen twice, she begs him to enter the dance and help find her brother.  But Thomas is chosen, and, as well as being in love with Thomas, Lina feels responsible for asking him to be there in the first place, so she sets out to save him.  Offering herself to Queen Eva in Thomas’s place, she intends to trick the witch queen and escape before it’s time for her to be sacrificed to the sea.  But Queen Eva and Lina both fight growing feelings for each other and their need grows to find out whether there’s any other way to save the island.

I really enjoy girl rescues boy stories, but throw in a plot twist of girl falling for the villain, who is also a girl, and I am in love!  Especially as Queen Eva wasn’t one of those villains that ceases to be a convincing villain the second the MC falls for them.  Eva was a witch hell bent on revenge and struggled with everything she had against showing any mercy.

The sheer energy and desperation in the story made for an utterly riveting read.  The stormy atmosphere bled through the pages and had me on the edge of my seat.  With beautiful writing that flowed so effortlessly, the author had me feeling like I was right there inside that flooding castle.

There is not a minutes breathing room in this book, not one second to be bored, and that’s exactly the type of book I love.  Full of magic, anguish and even a sea serpent, The Dark Tide deserved every one of its five stars.  I couldn’t put it down once I started!


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1 thought on “The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide #1) by Alicia Jasinska – ARC Review”

  1. I am SO excited for this book, and this review has me even more sold! I mean, I knew I’d be down for this since it’s sapphic, but tossing in a sea serpent on top? I’m definitely listening more than ever.

    Great review! 😃


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