After seventeen-year-old Felicita’s dearest friend, Ilven, kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg’s magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous, wild magic. Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it.
When The Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Published February 28th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)____________ ____
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
The sea is rising, one two three,
What will that get for Ivy and me?
Pelim House gave us bones.
Pelim House gave us stones.
When the sea is rising red,
All of Pelim will drop dead.
Ingenious, gritty, thought-provoking and an enchanting dark fantasy with a very unusual plot that I couldn't put it down. The historical feel of the settings and the enticingly crafted characters from the myth and supernaturals were riveting and refreshing. And FYI, this is not all about vampires but rather vampires are in it. The worldbuilding was so fascinating, writing style was lyrical, language used were beautiful and the characters were remarkable. A whole new story of dark magic, striving, revenge and betrayal.
Felicita was such a very strong and intriguing character, I watched her grow and struggle to her new life without the extravagant and comfortable life she once had in House Lammer. She will meet people she never thought she would be acquainted with, a sapid bat-vampire- Jannik and a charming Hob, Dash along the way. Plot and characters intertwined and will be unraveled eventually, revealing great pain, a dark pasts, and a wicked revenge.
“In the end, we make our choices on our own. And no matter how stupid they are, we have to live—or die—with what we’ve done.
Sometimes choosing our moment of death is the only freedom we have left.”
The boggert blinks, and for an instant I see Ilven’s blue eyes, a flash of summer.
“And I’ve no right to try to save you from that.”
A story like this is rarely seen in our books we normally read these days, therefore I think that this book is not for everybody but if you are up for something bold, darker, different and complex, then I think you'd like to try this one, there is a romance here ofcourse but it didn't over power the story which I'm fine with, for it can be tiring at times, right? Overall, I did really like it and enjoyed this wicked book. An amazing debut.