Skin of the Sea

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Simi is a Mami Wata¬¬––a mermaid created by Yemoja, goddess of the sea––whose job it is to collect souls and bless their spiritual journeys. One day, a living boy crashes into Simi’s world and she saves him, even though it goes against ancient laws. Tasked by Yemoja herself with protecting the existence of the Mami Wata, Simi is sent on a quest to find the rings that will allow her an audience with the Supreme Creator to ask for forgiveness. The boy, Kola, agrees to take her to the rings, and then she will help him return to his village. But the game at hand is much bigger than just the Mami Wata, and Simi will have to put everything on the line if she hopes to save the world.

This was an interesting and fun fantasy centered on African mythology. I found the myth choice quite unique, as there aren’t many of its kind out there. The characters were layered and believable, and I found myself on the journey with them! The creatures and worldbuilding were lush, creative, and unique, and I would love to see more of this beautiful writing in the next book!

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Author Natasha Bowen
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 02-Nov-2021
ISBN 9780593120941
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Issue January 2022
Category Young Adult