The Once Upon a Book Club Young Adult Box theme for February 2022 young adult fiction boxes is MYTHICAL SEA CURSE!
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We are thrilled to share our February Young Adult hint, Mythical Sea Curse!.
Perfect for fans of Spirited Away, this tale inspired by Korean Folklore weaves proverbs and poems with timeless themes that will transport you to another world.
Deadly storms have ravaged her homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.
Many believe that the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of our main character’s older brother—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night she is to be sacrificed, her brother follows her out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, our main character throws herself into the water instead.
Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, she seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—she sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.
But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…
A diverse fairytale sprinkled with lush and atmospheric world building, this magical and heartfelt retelling will quickly become a new favorite in your library.
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