Under the Sea – Top 5 Saturday

This weeks Top 5 Saturday is all about… you guessed it, Mermaids! I have been a fan of mermaids since I was a little girl, and I still know all the words to all the songs to the Disney musical. I’ve always kind of loved the idea that there is something hidden under the sea, something that stays hidden for a reason, and let’s be honest there could totally be mermaids floating around the lost city of Atlantis and we would have no idea. What makes this all funny though is I have hardly read any books with mermaids in them. Crazy right! So this list is going to consist of books off my TBR with mermaid. and hopefully this will give me the push to pick them up. Do you like mermaids? What books have you read about them? I’m ready for all the recommendations to hit me up in the comments.

Thanks to Mandy over at Devouring books  for creating these amazing prompts! You should definitely go check her blog out because she posts some great content.

To Kill a Kingdom

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

The Surface breaks

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?

Sea Witch

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The Mermaid

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn’t bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he’d heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost…

What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?

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  1. I can’t participate this week because I got nothing on mermaids except my extra salty review of All the Stars and Teeth and an up coming ARC. So I am taking notes. I just read a book I really liked by the author of To Kill a Kingdom but I can’t remember what it is. So I feel like I wanted to read that one. Except too much romance?

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  2. I’m the same! I looove mermaids but have read so few books about them! Unfortunately the ones I did fell short for me so I’m a little hesitant to pick any up. But I’ve heard good things about To Kill a Kingdom and Into the drowning deep so I’ll give those two and try.
    Hope you like all of them! 💛

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  3. Writing my own post for this prompt made me realise that I also don’t read many books with mermaids in them, even though I’m still kinda obsessed with the Disney movie 😂 I have read To Kill A Kingdom and Surface Breaks though and I really enjoyed both. Hope you do too!

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  4. I have a copy of The Surface Breaks and really want to read The Mermaid by Christina Henry because I’ve heard her retellings are great! So glad that this topic pushed you to find books that you might want to read on a topic that you love!

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