Review: Of Salt and Gold by Avie Adams

Posted March 9, 2023 by Stephanie in 3.5 stars, Fantasy, Review, Romance / 6 Comments

Title: Of Salt and Gold
Author: Avie Adams
Publication: January 30, 2023
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5★

He’s a cursed, bitter merman prince. She’s his captive… and savior.

Exiled mermaid Chrysanthe has long survived among humans, hiding her identity – until a betrayal forces her to flee to a forbidden underwater palace… and the hunting ground of a deadly sea monster called the Beast.

Ambrosios, the Cursed Prince, has resigned himself to his solitary exile within the Forgotten Palace – until one moonless night, when he rescues a mysterious mermaid from the Beast’s deadly tentacles and offers her his protection.

Stranded at the bottom of the sea, the mermaid and the prince soon struggle to navigate the tidal pull of their inexplicable, torrential attraction.

Except he’s trapped in a dark spell.

To free him, she must pay the highest price…


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First of all, I’m so glad I got to read a new book by Avie Adams. I’ve read a couple of her books a few years ago and really enjoyed them so yay! But back to this book now, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Beauty and the Beast retelling with merpeople before so that alone made Of Salt and Gold an uniquely enjoyable read. It was also connected to Greek mythology and if you know me even a little bit then you know how much I enjoy that.

The story features Chrysanthe, a mermaid exiled to live among humans along with her father. It also features Ambrosios who is a cursed prince also exiled but to the Forgotten Palace under the sea. One night Chrysanthe gets trapped by a sea monster (a.k.a. the Beast) and gets rescued by Ambrosios. Now she is trapped inside the palace with him. Their attraction to each other is growing stronger by the day, but Ambrosios is keeping secrets from her. Secrets Chrysanthe is determined to unravel.

My favorite part of the story was where Chrysanthe and Ambrosios where forced to spend time together since Chrysanthe was unable to leave the palace just yet. Forced proximity is a favorite trope of mine and it was pretty good in this book. Chrysanthe and Ambrosios had a lot of chemistry together as well and the steamy scenes were the chef’s kiss.

Now the story went a little downhill for me after the stuck together part. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked reading it but the story just didn’t hook me as much as it had done for the first half of the book. But that’s why it wasn’t quite a four star read for me.

Of Salt and Gold by was a steamy Beauty and the Beast reimagining set under the sea with a touch of Greek mythology. Avie Adams completely captivated me with her vivid and otherworldly descriptions. It was a really unique retelling of the classic story we all know and definitely worth a read!



About the author:

A bookworm and a perfectly disorganized mom who habitually burns dinners – that would be me! I used to pen dark fantasy tales until I retired my cloak of doom and gloom, shimmied into a pink ballgown, and switched to happier stories with romantic tension of epic proportions. Tormented protagonists with emotional wounds, slow-building passion, and all the feels—how could anyone not adore it?

I live on the south-east coast of England, rumored to get most sunshine in the UK. (Rest assured, it’s definitely a rumor).

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