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Win the Tournament. Kill the Prince. Take the Crown. Since childhood, Princess Saoirse has trained for the sole purpose of being chosen for the Tournament, a gladiator-style competition in which four enemy nations compete for the right to rule. An angel-like people known as the Aura have won the Tournament for a century, enacting exploitative treaties and ruling the contine Win the Tournament. Kill the Prince. Take the Crown. Since childhood, Princess Saoirse has trained for the sole purpose of being chosen for the Tournament, a gladiator-style competition in which four enemy nations compete for the right to rule. An angel-like people known as the Aura have won the Tournament for a century, enacting exploitative treaties and ruling the continent with a merciless grip. If Saoirse survives the three infamous trials, she will win the Crown of Revelore and overthrow the nation responsible for her mother’s death. But when Saoirse is denied entry into the Tournament by the Mer king, she makes a bargain with an imprisoned sea witch. In exchange for entrance into the competition, Saoirse agrees to kill the Auran prince and bring back the witch’s stolen dagger. But while fighting for her life in the arena, the last thing Saoirse expects to do is fall for her greatest enemy, the arrogant Prince Rook. When Rook and Saoirse uncover the sinister secrets of their ancestors, they realize the animosity between their people is rooted in long-forgotten lore. What once was a competition for the Crown evolves into a perilous ancient game in which Saoirse and Rook are both pawns. As twisted truths are revealed and myths become real, Saoirse must decide if she should kill the man she is falling for and avenge her people, or spare his life and face the wrath of the Titans. Fans of THE CRUEL PRINCE, THE HUNGER GAMES, and THE LITTLE MERMAID will enjoy this first installment in a compelling new YA fantasy series.


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Win the Tournament. Kill the Prince. Take the Crown. Since childhood, Princess Saoirse has trained for the sole purpose of being chosen for the Tournament, a gladiator-style competition in which four enemy nations compete for the right to rule. An angel-like people known as the Aura have won the Tournament for a century, enacting exploitative treaties and ruling the contine Win the Tournament. Kill the Prince. Take the Crown. Since childhood, Princess Saoirse has trained for the sole purpose of being chosen for the Tournament, a gladiator-style competition in which four enemy nations compete for the right to rule. An angel-like people known as the Aura have won the Tournament for a century, enacting exploitative treaties and ruling the continent with a merciless grip. If Saoirse survives the three infamous trials, she will win the Crown of Revelore and overthrow the nation responsible for her mother’s death. But when Saoirse is denied entry into the Tournament by the Mer king, she makes a bargain with an imprisoned sea witch. In exchange for entrance into the competition, Saoirse agrees to kill the Auran prince and bring back the witch’s stolen dagger. But while fighting for her life in the arena, the last thing Saoirse expects to do is fall for her greatest enemy, the arrogant Prince Rook. When Rook and Saoirse uncover the sinister secrets of their ancestors, they realize the animosity between their people is rooted in long-forgotten lore. What once was a competition for the Crown evolves into a perilous ancient game in which Saoirse and Rook are both pawns. As twisted truths are revealed and myths become real, Saoirse must decide if she should kill the man she is falling for and avenge her people, or spare his life and face the wrath of the Titans. Fans of THE CRUEL PRINCE, THE HUNGER GAMES, and THE LITTLE MERMAID will enjoy this first installment in a compelling new YA fantasy series.

30 review for From the Mouths of Sirens

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Hair

    Hi, you may be wondering why I am leaving a review for my own book! I’m not writing this because I think my book is particularly revolutionary or that it is perfection in book form. In fact, I know about a thousand ways I’d like to improve the story! That being said, I am so proud of my debut novel. It took a lot of courage and tenacity to get this far at all (not to mention stellar encouragement from incredible friends & family).There were times when I wanted to give up, and times where I almos Hi, you may be wondering why I am leaving a review for my own book! I’m not writing this because I think my book is particularly revolutionary or that it is perfection in book form. In fact, I know about a thousand ways I’d like to improve the story! That being said, I am so proud of my debut novel. It took a lot of courage and tenacity to get this far at all (not to mention stellar encouragement from incredible friends & family).There were times when I wanted to give up, and times where I almost shut the door on writing altogether. But From the Mouths of Sirens is a testament to never giving up, both in the context of the story itself and in the process of publishing it. As many of you know, I self published this book all on my own. It was a scary decision, believe me. But it has been such a powerful personal journey for me to go on, and I’m truly proud of myself for following through till the end. I love this story and these characters, and I can’t wait for you all to enjoy them too. Are there a couple spelling errors? I’ll be the first to admit this! Are there little things here and there I would like to change one day? Probably. But I love this book, and I wrote it for all the dreamers out there, including my eight year old self. I have always dreamed of being an author, and now I can finally say I am🤍 happy reading!!! Side note: Saoirse’s name is pronounced “Sur-sha” 😂

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Rae

    I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this incredible story. This book is abundant with multi-layered characters, beautiful prose, and a sinister Sea Witch. Abigail does an amazing job at taking a beloved classic and transforming it into something new while still maintaining the essence of the original story. Whether you're a lover of “The Little Mermaid,” the fantasy genre, or both, this is a story you won't want to miss out on reading. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this incredible story. This book is abundant with multi-layered characters, beautiful prose, and a sinister Sea Witch. Abigail does an amazing job at taking a beloved classic and transforming it into something new while still maintaining the essence of the original story. Whether you're a lover of “The Little Mermaid,” the fantasy genre, or both, this is a story you won't want to miss out on reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    CG Honer

    I was sold as soon as I heard enemies to lovers meets hunger games meets little mermaid. Lucky for me, I got to be a beta read and lemme tell you — it did not disappoint. The dynamics between characters are great, my shipper heart felt so at home, and the world building is excellent - a lovely balance of details that leave you immersed without feeling overwhelmed. I am super excited to see what the final version looks like, and pumped for what’s in store in the book(s) to follow!! 😍🧜🏼‍♀️🌊

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Phillips

    Little Mermaid meets Romeo and Juliet competing for the Goblet of Fire in the Hunger Games. From the Mouths of Sirens is definitely an attention-grabbing debut with a very distinct voice from the author that makes it stand out from others in the YA Fantasy genre, while still hitting some familiar tropes that are well-loved by readers. It is the first book in a series (which I did not realize when I first started reading it), and ends with a pretty earth-shattering cliffhanger, so be prepared! The Little Mermaid meets Romeo and Juliet competing for the Goblet of Fire in the Hunger Games. From the Mouths of Sirens is definitely an attention-grabbing debut with a very distinct voice from the author that makes it stand out from others in the YA Fantasy genre, while still hitting some familiar tropes that are well-loved by readers. It is the first book in a series (which I did not realize when I first started reading it), and ends with a pretty earth-shattering cliffhanger, so be prepared! The main characters—Saoirse and Rook—were the highlight of the story for me. While they had good chemistry in the beginning, I felt more drawn to them individually than as a couple, which I think is a testament to the author’s craft. It feels rare to have a story where the romance is rather central to the plot, and yet I would love the characters even if they don’t end up together! They are truly intriguing and inspiring individuals all on their own, and I look forward to seeing them become a power couple in the future. Additionally, all of the characters felt authentic, like real people. Saorise’s father, although he is only present in the first little bit of the book, made a great impression! I loved the strong dad vibes, how he is harsh and protective, but still humble and loving. The dialogue was one of the strong suits of the book for me. Abigail’s writing style really lends itself toward believable and tense conversations that are very genuine. I almost wish we had gotten to experience more conversations between the characters, especially between Rook and Saoirse. The story is a slower pace than is typical for YA, but the space was filled with rich descriptions and history that really built the world up in a very visual and lived in way. It feels like a fairytale and classic fantasy rolled into one, an ancient world made new. Abigail gives us a very clear picture of the world at large, as well of each individual setting, carefully crafting even the moments of action so you can see it like a movie. However, I did speed-read through a bit of it because I became more concerned with finding out what would happen than what things looked like the further I got into the story. The slow pacing definitely surprised me a bit, as the main characters don’t meet until about a third through the book, and the tournament didn’t start until halfway. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have felt so impatient during the first half instead of constantly wondering when we would get to the “main story”. All in all, I give Abigail Hair’s From the Mouths of Sirens four stars for captivating world-building, unique and intriguing characters, and a story that really turns the Little Mermaid into something completely new and fresh, paying homage to the original fairytale in a way that is sure to thrill modern audiences.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calla Webster

    This book will be my entire personality until I get the rest of the series. I LOVED the retelling concept of the Little Mermaid with all the twists. Plus anything enemies-to-lovers fantasy is a yes from me. I read the entire thing in one day, and will be re-reading it many times. Abigail did an incredible job building the story, and leaving me wanting so much more when it was done. I LOVED the characters, the scenery, and all the work you put into creating this world. Thank for you giving me the This book will be my entire personality until I get the rest of the series. I LOVED the retelling concept of the Little Mermaid with all the twists. Plus anything enemies-to-lovers fantasy is a yes from me. I read the entire thing in one day, and will be re-reading it many times. Abigail did an incredible job building the story, and leaving me wanting so much more when it was done. I LOVED the characters, the scenery, and all the work you put into creating this world. Thank for you giving me the opportunity to read the ARC version, and I cannot wait for the rest!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne Langevelde

    After seeing the author's many posts about her story on Instagram, I preordered this and was eagerly awaiting to read this story. It took me a bit to get into the tale, which may have been from book hangover from my previous read, but once I got past chapter one, I was unable to put it down. The story is a blend of The Little Mermaid and The Hunger Games (which I've yet to read) and full of epic, fantastical world-building, cultures, and creatures as well as many references to ancient mythologie After seeing the author's many posts about her story on Instagram, I preordered this and was eagerly awaiting to read this story. It took me a bit to get into the tale, which may have been from book hangover from my previous read, but once I got past chapter one, I was unable to put it down. The story is a blend of The Little Mermaid and The Hunger Games (which I've yet to read) and full of epic, fantastical world-building, cultures, and creatures as well as many references to ancient mythologies. I loved the relationships as well, and the characters were all very well-written and well-portrayed. (I...may have a bit of a crush on Rook...which I wasn't expecting at all...) My only critiques are for this book to be properly proofread as it was distracting sometimes when reading, but I doubt the average reader would notice? (Also, please for the love of proper sword-play, don't have spinning, it's unrealistic and makes no sense if you're fighting for your life.) But aside from those two things, I LOVED this book and am so excited to read book two whenever it releases! May glory be given!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie Lou

    I was selected as an ARC reader, in exchange for an honest review! This has honestly been on of my most anticipated reads of 2022, and it did not disappoint. The world-building was enchanting- at every step I felt that I was part of the world, right there with the characters. The plot was intriguing and the enemies-to-lovers was just *chef's kiss*. I would 100% recommend this to everyone loving high fantasy books and fairy-tale retellings. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a personal I was selected as an ARC reader, in exchange for an honest review! This has honestly been on of my most anticipated reads of 2022, and it did not disappoint. The world-building was enchanting- at every step I felt that I was part of the world, right there with the characters. The plot was intriguing and the enemies-to-lovers was just *chef's kiss*. I would 100% recommend this to everyone loving high fantasy books and fairy-tale retellings. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a personal little issue of having greek names in the book. I love the fact that they were there, and it was perfectly fine in the beginning, but at some points they threw me out of the narrative, but the author's excellent writing and intriguing story pulled me back in . Again this was a personal issue, that other people won't have.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    "May Glory be given." I was lucky enough to receive a physical ARC of this wonderful book from the author herself (thanks again <3). HOWEVER, this review is entirely my own thoughts and opinions (buckle up, this review is thorough, and hence, very LONG). Also, it's 4.5/5 but since no half stars on Goodreads, I rounded up because it doesn't deserve a four. Gladiator Style Tournaments/ Hunger Games - Enemies to Lovers - Slow Burn - Dark Fantasy Little Mermaid Retelling Firstly, I enjoyed h "May Glory be given." I was lucky enough to receive a physical ARC of this wonderful book from the author herself (thanks again <3). HOWEVER, this review is entirely my own thoughts and opinions (buckle up, this review is thorough, and hence, very LONG). Also, it's 4.5/5 but since no half stars on Goodreads, I rounded up because it doesn't deserve a four. Gladiator Style Tournaments/ Hunger Games - Enemies to Lovers - Slow Burn - Dark Fantasy Little Mermaid Retelling Firstly, I enjoyed how the nations were divided by a different set of elements (sea, air, sand, and earth). I don't often see fantasy nations based around elements that aren't water, earth, air, and fire. That being said, this was well executed! All the element themed nations were well developed with their own clothing style, architecture, etc. Loved how they were all their own people and had their own agendas/views of Revelore. The world-building was truly entertaining in this novel. It really felt like you could picture each setting! Side Note: My heart was genuinely racing at several parts of the book because of how stressed the characters were. Now to get into the main plot of the book. Each nation (Elorshin, Aurandel, Tellusun, Terradrin) in Revelore has their own leaders, though they must ultimately bow to the holder of the Revelore Crown... Enter: The Tournament. Tributes! Deadly Trials! Cool Beasts and Challenges! While this is similar to the Hunger Games, I do think Gladiator Style Tournament is a more accurate description - it is literally a fight to the death/ last man standing. In no way did I feel like I was reading a retelling of the Hunger Games during the Tournament chapters and I am SO thankful. The Tournament was original, the trials deadly, and the stakes higher than ever (I mean, competing for the crown to rule over all of Revelore? INTENSE). Action packed but cutthroat competing among tributes ensues. Everyone wants the crown for their nation to overthrow the Aurans who have managed to rule for a century. Which seems suspicious, no? Tensions were already high among the four nations before, but something about the leadup to this year's Tournament really has everyone on edge. Now, The Tension. Yes, this is enemies to lovers. Yes, it is slow burn and the burn is VERY slow. Especially with some revelations that come towards the end of the book. But it is authentic in the buildup and *spoiler alert* Rook falls first. Saoirse is ready to kill him pretty much 24/7 (partially because of her bargain with the Sea Witch, partially because the Mer and the Aurans DO NOT get along). Speaking of the Sea Witch, she's an interesting antagonist. Mostly behind the scenes with her own agenda and we don't hear much from her but, boy oh boy, was she scheming. I did not see the end of this book coming. I was literally in shock. (We get left on a cliffhanger but it feels ok after the events of the book. It opens the door to more of the story while closing the door on a separate section). Next, the political intrigue in this book was *chef's kiss* I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT. Politics in fantasy novels is perhaps my favorite aspect and this was done WELL. Soooo many secrets and poor Rook isn't privy to any of them :( Oh well! It certainly becomes interesting when he starts questioning everything he thought he knew and then we find out some things that well... you'll see what I mean. This might be my favorite part of the whole novel: trying to figure everything out and making my guesses! So many shocking revelations!!!! Honorable mentions: Dual POV was very clear and easy to follow and provided some really good insights into the Auran and Mer people's mindsets. I love the map in this book (maps in fantasy novels are just ahhh so lovely)! All the artwork is GORGEOUS (cover + chapter art). Okay, I've sung the praises loudly. Time for things I didn't really enjoy... 1. I was so confused in the beginning. Yes, I understand with new fantasy books that it takes a while to get used to the names but for the life of me I could not figure out the family history between Saoirse and Rook until they literally sat down and each told their side of the story nearer to the end of the book. I just couldn't wrap my head around it for some reason. Looking back, it all makes sense now but I just couldn't follow in the beginning. 2. Rook was a little too nice. This is subjective. He was just a little too naive to me and I can see how it benefited the character he needed to be, but still. Naive little princeling who lives in a bubble? C'mon. And too trusting!!! He literally revealed a family secret to pretty much a stranger because he felt bad for her and wanted to cheer her up. Rook, pull yourself together, please. Raven (his older sister, and queen) was right for chewing him out!! 3. Found a few typos. They didn't detract from the story and they are very FEW. But still there. It's also her first book so this didn't bother me. Overall.... I think I've talked about everything I can without giving too much away before release day! Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone looking for a fresh and fast paced fantasy novel to love to bits and pieces. Because I certainly will not be able to wait until the next book. Easily going to be one of my favorite reads of the year.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sindy Oroz Ivešić

    I was given a free e-ARC copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. And I'm really thankful for that. Enemies to lovers, mythology, old stories, great Worldbuilding, exciting but deadly tournament, rulers thirsty for the crown - this book has it all! I really enjoyed reading this story. The beginning is a bit slower, but I personally didn't mind. I even like how the author slowly drew us into the world. The main characters are well written, and the reader can rea I was given a free e-ARC copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. And I'm really thankful for that. Enemies to lovers, mythology, old stories, great Worldbuilding, exciting but deadly tournament, rulers thirsty for the crown - this book has it all! I really enjoyed reading this story. The beginning is a bit slower, but I personally didn't mind. I even like how the author slowly drew us into the world. The main characters are well written, and the reader can really identify with their decisions. Although I loved reading about Rook and Saoirse, if I had to choose my favorite character, that would be the supporting character Sune (I always prefer supporting characters). The secrets were revealed at the right time. I especially like the sudden turn of events and the plot twist. The tournament is carefully written and arouses the excitement and desire to read more. Abigail really knows how to create tensions. The only reason why I didn't give 5 stars, it's because of background characters. While Raven and Hasana got quite enough of the story, Sune and Eros, for example, didn’t. I saw a sisterly connection between Aurelia and Saoirse, but I didn't feel strong relationships between Rook and Eros. And that's too bad. Because if Eros had gotten a little more attention, one essential scene from the book would surely have had a stronger impact on me. Overall, it's a great book. I'm looking forward to the sequel! Abigail did an amazing job and finished the book in a way that arouses my imagination and makes me think - what's next for the characters?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    The concept of the book sounds delectable 🤌 So excited to read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly MacPherson

    “She’d been told of the horrid beasts and ravenous sea creatures that lived within the haunting abyss, contained there by an ancient wall that was built by her ancestors. It was a cursed prison that no one dared enter. ‘No one could live in such a place,’ Saoirse breathed. ‘No one could survive there.’ ‘The Sea Witch does,’ Adda replied in a whisper, leading Saoirse past the final level of the library and out into the streets of Kellam. ‘She will help you.’” Author Abigail Hair’s debut novel, Fro “She’d been told of the horrid beasts and ravenous sea creatures that lived within the haunting abyss, contained there by an ancient wall that was built by her ancestors. It was a cursed prison that no one dared enter. ‘No one could live in such a place,’ Saoirse breathed. ‘No one could survive there.’ ‘The Sea Witch does,’ Adda replied in a whisper, leading Saoirse past the final level of the library and out into the streets of Kellam. ‘She will help you.’” Author Abigail Hair’s debut novel, From the Mouths of Sirens, begins with a choice and ends with a consequence. Mer princess Saoirse strikes a deal with Selussa, Witch of the Sea, for a chance at the Crown of Revelore, a two-fold opportunity to avenge her mother’s death and satisfy her unrest. But what Saoirse doesn’t count on — love — presents the one choice whose consequence she’s not so sure is worth the fight. From the Mouth of Sirens STANDS UP. It’s gorgeously told, sumptuously imagined, and rife with angst as disorienting as a crashing wave. Page after page, Abigail Hair leads readers through Saoirse’s journey, bringing them to the edge right along with her. Will the Mer princess choose revenge for a life taken by malevolence and, thus, become an instrument of malice herself? …and, honestly, with such evil forces involved, does the girl even possess such a choice? If you’ve enjoyed Fable, The Hunger Games, or The Young Elites, this one’s for you. And remember, “She needed him to be the monster she believed him to be.” (yes, chills)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan Riann

    This book has Mer people, high stakes, flying, and an arrogant prince. All things that I love! I've been burned before by self-published books, so I was nervous going in. It was also pitched as being like The Cruel Prince , which I did not enjoy. However, my hesitation was totally not needed. My favorite parts of the book were the interactions between Saoirse and Rook. I was flying through the banter, the threats, the tentative extensions of peace. Those are the parts that most made me get lo This book has Mer people, high stakes, flying, and an arrogant prince. All things that I love! I've been burned before by self-published books, so I was nervous going in. It was also pitched as being like The Cruel Prince , which I did not enjoy. However, my hesitation was totally not needed. My favorite parts of the book were the interactions between Saoirse and Rook. I was flying through the banter, the threats, the tentative extensions of peace. Those are the parts that most made me get lost in the world. Surprisingly, my favorite character was Raven, the Queen and Rook's older sister. She immediately got my attention with the allusions to her backstory and her shifting motivations. Though, of course, I enjoyed both Saoirse and Rook's POV. They clearly had their own motivations for fighting in the tournament, and I respected them both even though they were on opposite sides of a tenuous political situation. The worldbuilding was so fun. I love mythology, so the hints at the Titans and old heroes of this world caught my attention. I do wish that we got firmer descriptions of the people from the beginning, especially the Mer. (I was picturing mermaid tails and gills, which are not there. They also walk while underwater which I have a hard time imagining.) It was cool to see the Auran world from an outside and Auran perspective. I'm excited that the book seems to be setting up more world exploration in the coming sequels. Oh, and I cannot help but mention the plot twists and reveals. The climax of this book is packed with tension and both POV characters discover new information that changes everything. The biggest things holding me back from giving five stars are pacing and background characters. The beginning of the book felt a bit slow to me. This was partially because every page had dense paragraphs that are easy to get lost in. When the trial finally started, I was nearly halfway through the book when I was expecting to be there much earlier. Additionally, while I enjoyed some of the side characters like Raven and Hasana, I was missing that spark of life from some of the others. At one point, a narrator observes how it's hard to imagine hurting the other tributes because they're clearly individuals with their own hopes and lives. I didn't feel that sentiment, and I wish I had. Overall, I believe this is a wonderful debut. If you're looking for a fun fantasy world with tense political alliances, a soft magic system, and a deadly tournament, this is the book for you. You'll also have fun with a retelling that includes enemies-to-lovers and betrayals. **I was given a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Lavarello

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was fantastic! From the Mouths of Sirens is an amazing retelling of The Little Mermaid, giving the whimsical classic a dark and mature twist. There were lush descriptions, unique new creatures and characters, and two absolute heartthrobs for protagonists. The enemies to lovers arc was excellently executed, and I found myself both swooning and yelling at the love story because it was so well done. As a primarily Adult age category reade I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was fantastic! From the Mouths of Sirens is an amazing retelling of The Little Mermaid, giving the whimsical classic a dark and mature twist. There were lush descriptions, unique new creatures and characters, and two absolute heartthrobs for protagonists. The enemies to lovers arc was excellently executed, and I found myself both swooning and yelling at the love story because it was so well done. As a primarily Adult age category reader, this YA was still very enjoyable! I felt like it strayed away from the cookie-cutter YA feel which was super refreshing! Overall a super fun read, and I'm so excited for book 2!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rina

    An amazing & fun read. I can’t wait for book 2 and am so excited about the conclusion of this duology. I loved the lore, action, & romance so much. I wish there was a prequel series and ten more books set in this world. Full review to come soon!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Taylor

    This was a stunningly beautiful and fantastically written YA fantasy. If I hadn't known it was a debut novel, I never would have guessed. The world building was superbly done, the plot was engaging and moved forward at a steady pace, and the characters were all well-rounded and realistic. I can't wait to see what's in store for Saiorse and Rook next! If you're in the mood for Little Mermaid meets The Hunger Games with a sprinkle of Greek and Roman inspired culture, give this one a shot! This was a stunningly beautiful and fantastically written YA fantasy. If I hadn't known it was a debut novel, I never would have guessed. The world building was superbly done, the plot was engaging and moved forward at a steady pace, and the characters were all well-rounded and realistic. I can't wait to see what's in store for Saiorse and Rook next! If you're in the mood for Little Mermaid meets The Hunger Games with a sprinkle of Greek and Roman inspired culture, give this one a shot!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Kersteter

    I wanted to give this a 4... but the last chapter was a joke. A quick wrap up of the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shahana

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Ah this book… I was actually lucky enough to receive an e-ARC from the author herself and to say this is my first arc ever; it was such a cool start to an amazing adventure ahead of me. First of all, are you sure this is a debut work that was self-published? I mean the writing and the plot was so well done that I was practically losing my mind towards the end! This book has become one of my favs- literally the only reason I didn’t finish it one sitting was because I started uni and I ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Ah this book… I was actually lucky enough to receive an e-ARC from the author herself and to say this is my first arc ever; it was such a cool start to an amazing adventure ahead of me. First of all, are you sure this is a debut work that was self-published? I mean the writing and the plot was so well done that I was practically losing my mind towards the end! This book has become one of my favs- literally the only reason I didn’t finish it one sitting was because I started uni and I’m a med student so it’s harder to take out time for reading plus I literally moved to a completely different country. I mean just the idea of creating parallels with having an aerial and a mer- a man from the sky and a girl from the sea. Brilliant! Perfect for fans of hunger games and little mermaid. The angst was so good! Had a lot of fun reading this book! I mean it really delivers the enemies to lovers trope well and oh the characters were just perfection!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aleena

    I’ve decided on 3.5 but am not sure whether I want to round up or down. On one hand, this book is a well-written debut from an indie author, and avoids pitfalls many non-indie authors fall into despite the editors available to them. On the other hand, while this book does NOT need a grammar edit (barring one or two missing commas, Hair’s prose is very well polished), it dearly needs a copy edit. It is sprinkled with many errors that, while all the kind of error that any talented writer could eas I’ve decided on 3.5 but am not sure whether I want to round up or down. On one hand, this book is a well-written debut from an indie author, and avoids pitfalls many non-indie authors fall into despite the editors available to them. On the other hand, while this book does NOT need a grammar edit (barring one or two missing commas, Hair’s prose is very well polished), it dearly needs a copy edit. It is sprinkled with many errors that, while all the kind of error that any talented writer could easily make, should also be easily found and fixed. (Things like using “fowl” instead of “foul”, an extra letter or space in the wrong place, and an inexplicable inability to use em dashes.) I think, without the errors, I would easily round up to 4 stars, so, at least for now, that’s where it will stay. Overall I enjoy what Abigail Hair did with The Little Mermaid and likely will read the (hopefully well-edited) sequel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leilaniღ

    Sounds so funnn! Love a badass mc!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lina V.

    So, I’ve had two days to think about it profoundly and I think a three star is the more preferred rating for this one. Don’t get me wrong it was enjoyable! But it lacked a lot of everything, from its loss of character development, lack of a concrete backstory, and how unrealistic the romance was. Again, it dearly reminded me of The Hunger Games - and the suspense drawn from one trial was definitely amazing, it was perfect. Unfortunately, that would only occur with one trial…out of the three…but t So, I’ve had two days to think about it profoundly and I think a three star is the more preferred rating for this one. Don’t get me wrong it was enjoyable! But it lacked a lot of everything, from its loss of character development, lack of a concrete backstory, and how unrealistic the romance was. Again, it dearly reminded me of The Hunger Games - and the suspense drawn from one trial was definitely amazing, it was perfect. Unfortunately, that would only occur with one trial…out of the three…but the potential was great. In addition, I was super excited to read about a crossover of the Little Mermaid and HG but I wasn’t completely sold on how it was told. The first half of the book was nice, even paced with the ability to stand without scrutiny. Yet by the second half, there were a bunch of plot holes and everything was extremely quick for my liking, and the betrayal was not at all impactful. In the end, I think it was a bit wrong to classify it as Hunger Games driven, since it’s fantasy and not dystopian. Although, I will say that the imagery was certainly there! I loved how the author perfectly captured the essence of the soaring winds, the calming cool of the sea, and the beauty of mythological constellations. The attires described for Princess Saoirse was breathtaking!!! And the floating clouds full of waterfalls, open skied buildings and starry nights was out of this world. The imagery, along with the way the author writes, and the nice summer vibes, ultimately give it its three stars. In the end, it was a nice way to pass time, but I would most likely not continue the series. Onto the next one! 💃🏻

  21. 5 out of 5

    Todd Mika

    Abigail Hair's debut book, From the Mouths of Sirens, took me on a ride that I definitely was not expecting! Part slow burn romance and part political drama, this lavishly-written story had a grip on me from the first turn of the page. The main characters in this book are SO strong. From the moment they are introduced to the reader, Saoirse and Rook's distinct differences are clear as crystal. Saoirse is stubborn and valorous to a fault: she risks her life in a bargain with the sea witch, for the Abigail Hair's debut book, From the Mouths of Sirens, took me on a ride that I definitely was not expecting! Part slow burn romance and part political drama, this lavishly-written story had a grip on me from the first turn of the page. The main characters in this book are SO strong. From the moment they are introduced to the reader, Saoirse and Rook's distinct differences are clear as crystal. Saoirse is stubborn and valorous to a fault: she risks her life in a bargain with the sea witch, for the chance to risk her life in a deadly tournament of each kingdom's tribute warriors, if it means ending her people's oppression after a century. By contrast, Rook could not be less patriotic for his kingdom but follows through for the loved ones he holds dear. His worldview, including the prejudice against Saoirse's people, is based more on his personal feelings and experiences than his faith in the history books. Saoirse, by contrast, struggles to put her big-picture view of situations aside and follow her heart. Author Abigail Hair combines the two with tension so great their hot-and-cold encounters had me shouting at the book and scrambling to see what their next scene would hold. Excellently done! From the Mouths of Sirens is an exciting and extravagant tale I am proud to own. To the author and her future in writing I think it best to give the tributes' blessing: "May glory be given!"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess Dawson

    What an amazing debut novel from Abigail! I've been following her progression of this book on Tiktok and new I had to read it! The story is multi POV between Saoirse, a mer who has been training for the sole purpose of fighting in the Tournament, and Rook, the arrogant Auran prince of the winged nation. The Tournament is where four enemy nations compete for the crown of Revelore which has been held by Aurandel for a century, who has ruled over the other nations with a merciless grip. When Saoirs What an amazing debut novel from Abigail! I've been following her progression of this book on Tiktok and new I had to read it! The story is multi POV between Saoirse, a mer who has been training for the sole purpose of fighting in the Tournament, and Rook, the arrogant Auran prince of the winged nation. The Tournament is where four enemy nations compete for the crown of Revelore which has been held by Aurandel for a century, who has ruled over the other nations with a merciless grip. When Saoirse is denied entry to the Tournament by her father, she makes a deal with the Sea Witch in exchange for entrance. I found the two main characters easily relatable and loved their character growth throughout as they learnt of the deception and politics behind the enmity for the four warring nations. The world building was enchanting, with a Greco-Roman feel and mythology threaded throughout. The plot was face paced and intriguing with an enemies to lovers trope which, let's face it, we all love. Inspired by The Little Mermaid x Cruel Prince and Hunger Games, this was an amazing fantasy debut full of royalty, warring nations, politics, fantasy creatures, greek mythology, and amazing character interactions and growth. Now to eagerly wait for book 2!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    ~May contain spoilers~ Wow was this a good book! The worldbuilding was impeccable and the trials were interesting to read while we learned more about the (unknown) history. Thankfully, there were only a few issues only: - Typos. I don’t count typos against any writer because there will always be one or two that slip through but this book could’ve used one final read through because some information wasn’t consistent, I think a wrong name was used during a scene, and just mistyping something. This ~May contain spoilers~ Wow was this a good book! The worldbuilding was impeccable and the trials were interesting to read while we learned more about the (unknown) history. Thankfully, there were only a few issues only: - Typos. I don’t count typos against any writer because there will always be one or two that slip through but this book could’ve used one final read through because some information wasn’t consistent, I think a wrong name was used during a scene, and just mistyping something. This also applies to a few grammar issues as well but it still well done! - I was under the impression that this was a standalone… apparently it is not. Dang. - the romance started well but I just couldn’t get into it. I IMMENSELY liked both characters, Saoirse and Rook, separately but I wished it was more slowburn. They were making eyes at each other a little too soon and feeling relief for “sworn enemies” after like a day. Plot Execution: 5/5 Characters: 4/5 Writing: 4/5 Concept: 5/5 Romance: 3/5 Diversity: 5/5 Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  24. 5 out of 5

    PN Vang

    This is a great read! I went into this book knowing that I wasn't too big on tournament game plot lines, but a reimaging of The Little Mermaid was something I did like. I was impressed by how beautiful Hair created the different realms. Each place is so unique, and the descriptions are marvelous. They're detailed enough for me to visualize without being overburdened by prose. The lore of the Titans is tragic and beautiful, and Hair does a terrific job linking it to present day. The two main chara This is a great read! I went into this book knowing that I wasn't too big on tournament game plot lines, but a reimaging of The Little Mermaid was something I did like. I was impressed by how beautiful Hair created the different realms. Each place is so unique, and the descriptions are marvelous. They're detailed enough for me to visualize without being overburdened by prose. The lore of the Titans is tragic and beautiful, and Hair does a terrific job linking it to present day. The two main characters work well together, each with their own history, beliefs, and values. Despite all of that, they are more similar than they are different. The tension and drama leading up to the tournament games was just enough to get me excited about where these two characters were heading. Being a huge Little Mermaid fan, I spotted certain scenes that mirrored the fairytale, giving me many A-ha moments! The tournament scenes were fun and scary to read! And the finale blew me out of the water! Loved it, loved it! So wickedly bad ass! I cannot wait to read more!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madisen

    Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 I NEVER leave reviews on books but this story deserves more praise. I was excited about the premise of a little mermaid retelling and this book delivered! The world building was beautiful and the story was wonderful. The tangled web of political alliances between each of the kingdoms was hard to keep track of at moments, but that actually added some realism in my opinion. No alliance was simple. There were always secrets and betrayal throughout the realm, which m Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 I NEVER leave reviews on books but this story deserves more praise. I was excited about the premise of a little mermaid retelling and this book delivered! The world building was beautiful and the story was wonderful. The tangled web of political alliances between each of the kingdoms was hard to keep track of at moments, but that actually added some realism in my opinion. No alliance was simple. There were always secrets and betrayal throughout the realm, which made this book exciting from beginning to end. The layers and depth of the story combined with the wonderful characters kept me engaged throughout the entirety of the book. And the ending was…… just, wow. (In a good way) I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! The main thing that lowered my rating were the various typos throughout the book. Even the best writers make these mistakes so it didn’t bother me much, just something to note. Overall, a wonderful debut novel! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    lyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "may glory be given" i discovered the author months ago on tik tok when she posted one of the trailers/aesthetic videos for this book, and i immediately preordered it. i had high hopes for this book and looked forward to the release, and now that i've finished reading i can say that it did NOT disappoint! i loved everything about this book. it was so clear how well thought out the world and plot were. the worldbuilding was easy to follow and every new piece of history we learn throughout the stor "may glory be given" i discovered the author months ago on tik tok when she posted one of the trailers/aesthetic videos for this book, and i immediately preordered it. i had high hopes for this book and looked forward to the release, and now that i've finished reading i can say that it did NOT disappoint! i loved everything about this book. it was so clear how well thought out the world and plot were. the worldbuilding was easy to follow and every new piece of history we learn throughout the story was just more fascinating. i was so invested in the dynamic between Rook and Saoirse. the chemistry was electric and that dancing scene at the banquet?? WOW. i couldn't put the book down. the side characters were also so interesting as well, and i loved Saoirse's friendship with Aurelia! i need a sequel ASAP 😫

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Pazdor

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As others have mentioned in reviews it could have used a copy edit as some things did take me out of the story for a moment (this is the only reason I’m rating 4 instead of 5) but Abigail’s world and relationship building made for a beautiful and enticing story. I fell in love with Saoirse and Rook and their desires to do what they think is right, and later to seek the truth. Though there were a few things I realized on my own earlier in the story, the reveals wer I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As others have mentioned in reviews it could have used a copy edit as some things did take me out of the story for a moment (this is the only reason I’m rating 4 instead of 5) but Abigail’s world and relationship building made for a beautiful and enticing story. I fell in love with Saoirse and Rook and their desires to do what they think is right, and later to seek the truth. Though there were a few things I realized on my own earlier in the story, the reveals were still exciting and brought a level of shock value that kept me turning the pages quickly. I did not want to put this one down and can’t wait for a sequel. (Also as a lover of the little mermaid I may be a little biased here) Amazing debut novel!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Villani

    For a YA novel, this was an excellent and captivating story (I’m usually more into epic fantasy). I liked it WAY more than the Shadow and Bone series and they made a Netflix show out of that! I liked the characters overall, especially Rook, but Saoirse frustrated me in the beginning. I accurately made a few predictions in the beginning of the book, but it was still fun to read! This book definitely needs another edit though - there were many typos and the ages of a few characters seemed to chang For a YA novel, this was an excellent and captivating story (I’m usually more into epic fantasy). I liked it WAY more than the Shadow and Bone series and they made a Netflix show out of that! I liked the characters overall, especially Rook, but Saoirse frustrated me in the beginning. I accurately made a few predictions in the beginning of the book, but it was still fun to read! This book definitely needs another edit though - there were many typos and the ages of a few characters seemed to change throughout the book (when talking about past events). All in all, I still look forward to reading the second book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mela

    I received an ARC of From the Mouths of Sirens in exchange for an honest review. This story is a fantastic and rich retelling of the little mermaid with many twists and turns along the way. I also always appreciate a good enemies to lovers book, and this was no exception. I not only appreciated the depth of the story, but also the effort that the author went to to develop the main characters. I am extremely impressed by this debut, self-published novel from Abigail, and I would definitely recomm I received an ARC of From the Mouths of Sirens in exchange for an honest review. This story is a fantastic and rich retelling of the little mermaid with many twists and turns along the way. I also always appreciate a good enemies to lovers book, and this was no exception. I not only appreciated the depth of the story, but also the effort that the author went to to develop the main characters. I am extremely impressed by this debut, self-published novel from Abigail, and I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy YA fantasy and fairytale retellings.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kailin

    The writing in this book was phenomenal! I felt transported to the world of Revelore. The history between all the nations created an interesting and mysterious story. Saoirse is such a strong character. The rich history of her people was the perfect fuel to her deal with the sea witch. But as sea witches go… Nevertheless it was incredible to see her grow from caring solely about the tournament to valuing the life of her enemy. The enemies to lovers trope is one of my favorites and it’s well writ The writing in this book was phenomenal! I felt transported to the world of Revelore. The history between all the nations created an interesting and mysterious story. Saoirse is such a strong character. The rich history of her people was the perfect fuel to her deal with the sea witch. But as sea witches go… Nevertheless it was incredible to see her grow from caring solely about the tournament to valuing the life of her enemy. The enemies to lovers trope is one of my favorites and it’s well written. This book is full of secrets and deception. It’s amazing. I highly recommend reading it!!

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