Ananna was 17 and the daughter of pirates. She loved the sea and the pirate life, but her parents tried to marry her off to another pirate clan so she had to leave. It was risky to have the first person voice have Ananna’s accent (improper English with ain’t used throughout). I think it worked pretty well. The voice was definitely unique. Would I want every book I read to talk like that? No, definitely not. It would get old really fast, but for this book it worked. Ananna was so brazen, funny, tomboyish, and tough. She could also be kind and a fiercely loyal friend. She really grew on me.
Naji was interesting and very mysterious, but the romance was painfully slow and aggravating. The swearing annoyed me. I felt like it was frequent, but I guess it could be compared to a PG-13 movie. The ending was frustrating, but honestly I’m hooked.
This was a great book, very unique and exciting. I will definitely be reading book two when it comes out next summer.
Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( mention of breasts, whores, and lovers )
Language: moderate ( h***-24, d***-22, sh**-10, a**-3, bi***-2, bloody-1, f***-1 )
Violence: moderate ( magic and knife fights, blood, wounds, murder )
Other: mild ( she steals throughout, drinks rum as a teen but not same standards as our culture and time )
I received the book from Strange Chemistry via netGalley. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.
Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction