Monday 21 August 2023

Book Review: Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle (YA Fantasy)

Title: Curious Tides (Drowned Gods #1)
Author: Pascale Lacelle
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Australia)
Publication Date: 1 November 2023
Pages: 530
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Emory might be a student at the prestigious Aldryn College for Lunar Magics, but her healing abilities have always been mediocre at best—until a treacherous night in the Dovermere sea caves leaves a group of her classmates dead and her as the only survivor. Now Emory is plagued by strange, impossible powers that no healer should possess.

Powers that would ruin her life if the wrong person were to discover them.

To gain control of these new abilities, Emory enlists the help of the school’s most reclusive student, Baz—a boy already well-versed in the deadly nature of darker magic, whose sister happened to be one of the drowned students and Emory’s best friend. Determined to find the truth behind the drownings and the cult-like secret society she’s convinced her classmates were involved in, Emory is faced with even more questions when the supposedly drowned students start washing ashore —alive
—only for them each immediately to die horrible, magical deaths.

And Emory is not the only one seeking answers. When her new magic captures the society’s attention, she finds herself drawn into their world of privilege and power, all while wondering if the truth she’s searching for might lead her right back to Dovermere…to face the fate she was never meant to escape.


I really enjoyed Curious Tides from start to finish. It is a polished YA fantasy tale with an intriguing plot, excellent world building and relatable, well-drawn characters. The story moved at a good pace and I raced through it in just three nights, always wanting to turn the page and keep reading. I would definitely read more books by this author in the future and I recommend Curious Tides to any fans of dark academia fantasy and/or fantasy with a mythology bent as it is a well executed work with a fresh and fascinating premise. I am giving it 5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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