DRUNK REVIEW: Prince of Song & Sea by Linsey Miller (Princes YA #1)

Prince of Song & Sea by Linsey Miller (Princes YA #1)

**We received a copy of this book at ALA in exchange for an honest review. This book came out on Oct 4th. We’d like to thank Linsey and Disney Press for the opportunity**

Reviewed by Sam!

What I drank prior: it’s kickball days which means I haven’t been counting but I have been drinking since 6pm and it’s almost 11p and there are drinking games and this is actually a relatively early night for me

Goodreads Overview:

For fans of Twisted Tales and Villains is a brand new YA series that retells the classic Disney stories you thought you knew from the Disney Princes’ perspectives.

Before Prince Eric’s mother, the Queen of Vellona, went missing two years ago, she reminded him about the details of the deadly curse that has plagued his entire life. The curse? If he were to kiss someone other than his true love, he would die. With a neighboring kingdom looking for any excuse to invade their shores, and rumors of ghost pirates lurking the seas, Eric is desperate for any information that may help him break his enchantment and bring stability to Vellona. The answers he has been searching for come to him in the form of a letter left from his mother that reveals Eric must find his true love, the one with a voice pure of heart,or kill the sea witch responsible for cursing him in the first place.

Now Eric is on a quest to find the Isle of Serein, the witch’s legendary home. But after he is rescued by a mysterious young woman with a mesmerizing singing voice, Eric’s heart becomes torn. Does he enter a battle he is almost certain he cannot win or chase a love that might not even exist? And when a shipwrecked young woman with flaming red hair and a smile that could calm the seven seas enters his life, Eric may discover that true love isn’t something that can be decided by magic.

Drunk Overview: this is basically this Disney movie of Little Mermaid from Eric’s point of view and if he were also cursed. Cursed to kill anyone who he kisses or kisses him who’s not his true love. Literally that’s it.

Spoiler-free Thoughts: I weirdly liked this. I’m obsessed with Disney so I was worried this would either ruin it or be too cheesy or be too similar. This didn’t do that at all.

Characters: so we’ve got Eric obviously. He’s about to be king, after he’s been underage since his mom died trying to free him from this curse. I do love his struggle. Not in that I’m a massochist but because it feels real. He’s just trying to be. Good king but like… he can’t when he can’t kiss hands or cheeks or LIPS for that matter. Especially when it comes to betrothals. Then there are his two bffs. They’re super sweet. They don’t stand on pretense and Eric doesn’t want them to. But they’re also fiercely protective of him while being the voice of reason. They’re there for him and it’s wonderful. And there’s Ariel who we don’t get a perspective from and that’s not supriaing but it’s super cool to see Eric’s view of her.

Plot: the plot is what you would think but some things in between that we don’t see int the movie. And again it’s done well. It doesn’t taint the movie at all, it fills in the gaps.

Writing Style: so I sort of hated this author after reading the second book in their last duology but wanted to give them another chance and I am really happy I did. None of the choppy story telling or terrible character development existed in this. Now that may be because they had source material but still.

World Building: loved the extra nuggets from the movie.

What to pair it with: rum and coke

Rating: 3/5

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam

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