OVER RAGING TIDES (Lady Pirates #1) - Jennifer Ellision
Published: March 2018
Pages: N.A.
Genres: Pirates / fantasy / young adult
Triggers/Content Advisory: N.A.
Format: eBook.
Source: Netgalley.

The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board. That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her. Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans... To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew. Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this. She just isn’t sure that she won’t.

This is a brilliant example of a good pirate book. Forget Daughter of the Pirate King (I had issues with that one) - read this instead.

The writing is great. The descriptions are a bit too colourful, but otherwise the atmosphere is rich, the dialogue witty, entertaining, and realistic, and the humour delightfully quirky. I love it. The whole "pirate-ness" is also so natural and realistic; the slang and "pirate talk" is there without being overdone, and the author doesn't lay it on too thick. It's immersive, and well researched.

The plot is fantastic. There's action, but there's also intrigue and wonderful character interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed getting swept away in this story.

The characters are all very cute and compelling. I absolutely love the idea of a female pirate crew, and everywhere you turn there are epic, dynamic women who are capable and human. It's so awesome to see. The feminism isn't forced, either. I also love the brotherly relationship between Leo and John, and the romance between Grace and Leo is so sweet. Their chemistry is terrific, and their banter is gold.
The only negative about the characters is their lack of depth. They're vivid, but they don't bounce off the page.


THREATS OF SKY AND SEA (Elementals #1) - Jennifer Ellision
Published: 2014 - Createspace
Pages: 360
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / romance
Triggers/Content Advisory: N.A
Format: eBook.
Source: Netgalley.

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share. Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time. But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war. Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

The writing is good, even though the dialogue isn't amazing. But the atmosphere is so strong, and the world is so interesting. It's a bit limited and I would've liked to know more, but I suppose the other books in the series will expand upon that.

I love how the author combines secrets, romance, magic, and a generous splash of historical-like royalty systems. The plot is so fast-paced, so exciting, and there are some amazing twists at the end. I was so entertained.

The characters are lovable. Aleta and Bree's friendship is terrific, Bree's relationship with her father is beautiful, and I adore the squad: Bree (the brave, passionate heroine), Caden (the noble, kind hearted Prince), Tregle (the servant boy who is oh such a cinnamon roll) and Aleta (the fierce girl whose hard exteriour hides inner pain). I can't wait to see how their friendships develop over the course of the series.

Hope you liked these reviews! Have you read or heard of these books? What do you think of them? 

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