Hello Lovelies,

Thanks for joining me today on my stop for the Blog Tour for

Skin of the Sea

@tbrbeyondtours & @natasha_bowen_

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Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2nd, 2021

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An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.


From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Please make sure to read TW.

Content Warning:

Violence, enslavement, death, suicide, abuse, sexual harassment, severe injuries.

I went into this blind, I chose not to read the synopsis or really glanced to hard at the cover. I didn’t want to be influenced by either!

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen is beautiful compelling story. We follow Simidele {Simi} who vaguely remembers the girl she once was. Now she is Mami Wata, is a mermaid, tasked by orisa Mother, Yemoja to collect and lead the souls of the dead West Africans people who have been thrown over from slave ships. In a series of events she does the unthinkable and has to to seek atonement for her rash actions.

A richly immersive fantasy tale that explores the West Africans who were enslaved by the Portuguese. Steeped in WA mythology and folklore, set around the mid fifteen century. When slavers set about capturing unsuspecting West Africans for common commodities. The narration is seamless and poetic. The author pulls no punches, and some might have trouble reading it. For me it was a perfect example historical fantasy. A book that so many readers will find drawn to be able to relate with the books representation.

A book that is infused with so much suffering, but also with friendships and ultimately hope and curage. Chocked full of mystical creatures and deities. The pace was brisk along with nonstop action. Bowen does an incredible job giving the reader background to Simi’s character and I was never confused. A bold and courageous protagonist that all can root for.

If you read just one YA Fantasy make it this one! You will not be disappointed!


Natasha Bowen is a writer, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years. Her debut book Skin of the Sea was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends stupid amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog.

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Blog Schedule

November 1st
The Bookish Coven – Interview
Books-N-Bullsh!t – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea, Playlist & Mood Board
The Litt Librarian – Review
One More Chapter – Review
Blonde and Bookish – Review & Tik Tok

November 2nd
Talk of Tales – Interview
Mocha Girls Read – Promotional Post
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread & Promotional Post
Jenerally Reading – Review, Playlist & Favorite Quotes
Betwixt The Sheets – Review

November 3d
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
The Fictional Journal – Review & Journal Spread
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review
Read With Serena – Review

November 4th
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Book Tag
Bri’s Book Nook – Review
And On She Reads – Review
Kerri McBookNerd – Review & Favorite Quotes

November 5th
Brinns Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review & Favorite Quotes
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post

November 6th
Love, Paola – Favorite Quotes & Mood Board
dinipandareads – Review & Journal Spread
Cocoa With Books – Review & Favorite Quotes
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

November 7th
Reading Stewardess – Review
Heylittlesiren – Review
Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
Nine Bookish Lives – Promotional Post

Bookstagram Schedule

November 1st
reading_with_chloe – Review
thelittlibrarian – Blogger’s Choice
_leahreads – Blogger’s Choice
blondeandbookish – Blogger’s Choice

November 2nd
pcreads – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea & Favorite Quotes
jenerallyreading – Blogger’s Choice
theink.slinger – Blogger’s Choice

November 3d
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice
sanvi.bhaisare – Blogger’s Choice

November 4th
dhirviepages – Review & Favorite Quotes
whisperingprose – Review
the_bookish_coven – Blogger’s Choice
kerri_mcbooknerd – Blogger’s Choice

November 5th
thisreadergirl – Review
brinnsbooks – Blogger’s Choice
stuck.in.the.stacks – Blogger’s Choice
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice

November 6th
808bookdr – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea & Favorite Quotes
cocoawithbooks – Blogger’s Choice
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice

November 7th
timeswithbooks – Top 5 Reasons to Read Skin of the Sea
heylittlesiren – Blogger’s Choice
bookloversbookreviews – Blogger’s Choice
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

1 Comment on “Skin of the Sea Blog Tour

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