Steel by Carrie Vaughn (2011)

Pirates! Magical swords! Swashbuckling adventures! Gross historical details that add flavor and color while also grounding it in realism! Steel has everything one could want in a book about time travel, fencing, and being confident in oneself. What I liked best about Steel was that the protagonist, Jill, was unapologetically skilled at something. She wasn’t a special snowflake, she didn’t magically just KNOW how to use a sword. She worked hard at it, and it Read More …

7 books to take with you on a trip across the seas

The closest I’ve ever been on a boat is looking at a picture of the Queen Mary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love reading stories about people who have adventures on the high seas! I’m partial to pirates and naval captains, but I’ll basically read anything if the summary even sniffs near the word “seafaring.” Here are seven of my favorite books that take place on the ocean: 1. The True Confessions of Charlotte Read More …

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has: Pirates and assassins and Middle Eastern-inspired fantastical elements! Also adventure and romance and OMG amazing writing. Why I liked it: see above! Plus, the protagonist, Ananna, is rough-and-tumble but in a way that doesn’t just make her another “strong female character.” It actually felt like I was reading about a real person, and one I very much liked and rooted for. I particularly appreciated the slow-build romance, too; it’s an important part Read More …

Tiny reviews for August reads

Quite a few of these are for books coming out this month (September), and since I want to highlight those I’ve put them in a green font. New releases! Exciting, eh? I am like THISCLOSE to being caught up on reviews. Huzzah! 151. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke * Bloomsbury USA (August 11, 2005), 3 volume Paperback set, 1006pp / Bought / reread Aug 1-4, 2012 Read this if you like superlong Read More …

REVIEW: Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll

Things I love: historical fiction, secret societies, stories where kids travel around the world having adventures. This series? Has all of that! And more! It’s got sword fights and pet tigers and Davinci Code things that don’t really make sense if you look at them too closely, and, best of all, it’s got maps and diagrams and illustrations peppered throughout. If you really like the Indiana Jones movies and YA adventure books, you’d LOVE this Read More …

Review: Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

213. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini Publication: originally published 1922, ebook published 1999 Genre: Adventure, Romance Rating: Buy it! Read: October 20-29, 2010 Source: Project Gutenberg (download) Summary from Amazon: Peter Blood, a physician and English gentleman, turned pirate out of a rankling sense of injustice. Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels, Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. When he escapes, no ship sailing the Spanish Main is safe Read More …

REVIEW: Pirate Talk or Mermalade by Terese Svoboda

Lauren Cerand (@luxlotus) is one of my favorite publicists because she always knows the best books and the best authors and then she sometimes even gives away copies of those books by those authors to plebs like me. So when I saw that she was handing out copies of Pirate Talk or Mermalade by Terese Svoboda like it was delicious, delicious booty I knew I had to get one for myself if I valued my Read More …