Over raging tides by Jennifer Ellision
Series: Lady Pirates
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release date: March 20th, 2018
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: ARC on NetGalley
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
Add to: Goodreads
Hey bookdragons! Talking about a Teen book I had the chance to read thanks to Netgalley. A story of pirates, treasure hunt, and monsters: Over raging tides!
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.
Sailing with pirates!
I was super excited to start this book: lady pirates, adventures, treasures and monsters? Hell yeah! The book starts on a pirate ship, and it is where you will stay for 90% of it. I loved this unusual scenery, this book set on a ship where the crew is 100% female. It was really original and well done! You can feel the piracy vibe waking up in you!
But if it was a good read and all these elements were here, there was nothing…. extra special about it. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it because I think there is a good potential for this series. There are interesting characters, a universe with secrets to reveal, and a lot of action. But if it was me, I would place this book in the teen section (12-15) more than in the young adult one, except for some « hotter » pages maybe (otherwise I would even put it in the children section).
Let’s talk about our main character, Grace. She is a young pirate, not afraid to use her blade, and a lot more to use her heart. We discover more of her with each page, and she is really the one keeping the adventure going. She is the one surrounded by secrets and we see them reveal through the books. Some are yet to be learned by the end 😉 I really liked her and her interactions with secondary characters, like Captain Ilene or Leo. Speaking of, the secondary characters were not all explored as well as they could have, maybe more pages would have helped in that.
A treasure hunt
As in any good pirate story, there are treasures to hunt. Yes, plural, because not every pirate want the same thing… even when there is only one map to point you towards the right direction! We follow here the Luck crew in search for a mysterious map who can lead them wherever they want… but what will happen when they realize not all of them want the same thing? What is the treasure they really want to reach? And are they the only one looking for this map?
Good book but…
So yes, overall, I have nothing to say against this book but for me, it was lacking a bit of depth, of more consistency. It was interesting and promising, with good characters and plot, but belongs more, for me, with a younger public than the one advertised. Definitely Teen/Children and not so YA.
See you for a cup!