Over Raging Tides by Jeniffer Ellision is a YA Fantasy full of female pirates and a quest for a treasure.
“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.“
What brought me to this book was the unique adventure into this fantasy world. As most pirating books are set with male leads, it was nice to read one where a crew of females were the main perspectives. If you are looking for a diverse read in YA, this book is one you will want to hook onto!
But, the story itself did not have me hooked. I read through 75% of the book until I found myself flying through the pages. The storyline itself wasn’t necessarily slow as I still found myself reading through only two sittings, but it felt like there was very little development between the world and the characters.
The world felt more secluded in the present instead of going into details on the past worlds and life outside of the sea. There is a plot-line between the main character and very of her relationships, but that was it. Maybe this will be something that will be expanded upon in the later installments, but for right now, this book left me with a ton of questions and wandering curiosities.
The ending does become exciting, and a cliffhanger does pop itself. But going through the story, it wasn’t until the last few pages that I was on the edge of my seat. I also loved reading the mysterious, dark sea creatures in the book. They really stood out to me in this book.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. I do see myself picking the sequel up when it releases, but it isn’t one that will be high on my TBR-pile.
Overall, this was a very unique perspective into the YA realm, and I rather enjoyed reading the pirating world again. I did read this in two sittings, but it was just the lack of a strong world / character development that made me give this story a lower rating.
Published: 20 March 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Adventure
How I Read It: eBook from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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