“The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous.
But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships.” If you’re looking to join a queer pirate gang, you’ve found it. Our Bloody Pearl is like no other book I’ve read–in under 250 pages, there were discussions of gender and sexuality, as well as more LGBTQ+ represenation than I’ve ever seen. There were parts where this discussion became just barelyclumsy, but in a sweet, innocent way you can only expect from a bloodthirsty siren and a dorky pirate captain. I’ve never seen a story where the main character didn’t identity as male or female, and honestly I’m so about it.
I love how settled into Perle’s head the reader is–all the metaphors and analogies hold the magic of the ocean and the creatures in it. But even though the story is from Perle’s perspective, that’s not to say you don’t get into the heads of other awesome characters–like Dejean, the dorky pirate captian, who seems entirely too sweet for the ruthless work he’s cut out for. I especially loved the interactions between him and Perle and found myself attempting to mimicking their special brand of sign language.
Exploring the world is fascinating–with steam punk ships that fly in the air and siren pods that roam the ocean with their hauntingly beautiful songs and vicious society, how could it not be? But at the root of it all rises an interesting question of what makes someone human.
Overall, this book was a great read and I definitely need to take a trip to the beach ASAP. From the first chapter, Our Bloody Pearl settled into an easy rythym that sucked me in and held me in its grasp from start to finish, much like the siren songs this book describes.
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