- File Size: 4288 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072FRCNDM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Do the reviewers actually read the book?
In freshman English, I was taught, a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
I mean, how difficult is it?
I might also suggest that the author not rely on spellchecker.
The cost of a bus is fare, not fair, and one cannot have injuries without casualties.
I was a little worried that it might go "dark" based on the scene leading up to meeting the Jack Sparrow-esk character (and "savior") Francis Doon. But luckily it didn't.
It ended up being a fun spin on a Cinderella meets Pirates of the Caribbean tale thanks to mistaken identity. The event lifts the main character, Kitt, out of squalor--though not willingly--when she is mistaken for a missing princess.
The first third (ish) of the story takes place on Doon's pirate ship, with a bizarre cast of characters interacting: like Bryce--who seems lovably dense, but also dangerously daunting. And Miles, who is a bizarrely proper character (like a butler) that runs with Doon often shedding light on the Pirate's more vulnerable aspects. These relationships develop as Doon, and his crew haul Kitt to the Royal family. They plan to pass her off as the missing princess--a reunion that will, of course, come with a bundle of cash in bounty and plenty of trouble.
I love that Kitt is a strong female protagonist. Despite the fact that she puts up with way too much crap from her step-mother, she's a realistically strong female. And her predicament gets pretty sticky when she attempts to step into the real princess's future. It's filled with situations that the 'real princess' may have been happy to escape, had she not disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
There are enough uncertainties about who's an ally or backstabber, and who will win Kitt's heart--Roderick, Doon, Malik (which is an undercurrent of the story)--to keep it mysterious and fun.
Kitt seems to have more of an impact on the worlds she enters than they on her--which is fine. She doesn't lose herself but manages to help others elevate (at least it initially appears that way, but there are twists in how the relationships play out). Some manage to redirect their moral compass--others don't.
Parts of it 'read' like YA, but some of the language and a few moments are too 'adult' for a YA. It probably falls into a New Adult category.
As a few of the other reviews mention, the ending was abrupt. I agree. I'm assuming as a launch into sequels, but needed to have a 'true' ending. The sentences aren't eloquent, and don't need to be--it's not that kinda story. It's an entertaining adventure. It's a sit on the beach and get lost for a while sorta book.
Consider yourself warned.
It's sometimes funny and sometimes dark. I do think it gets more interesting after Kitt reaches the castle, which occurs about a third of the way in.
I definitely don't regret the time I spent with this book and I'll be reading the next one soon!
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I got to the 20% mark and had to give up, found my nose wrinkling in distaste and displeasure too frequently to continue. This story should have been light, whimsical and heavy on the swashbuckling. Instead, the pacing is bad. The opening chapters poorly set up both the characters and the story.
And the characters motivations? At one point the pirate captain actually thinks the barmaid may not be the princess but she's a close enough match to fool the queen.... say what now?
The supporting cast were so broadly stereotyped - the bad stepmother, the pirate with a speech impediment, the perverted pirate crew? There is no way this story is going to go in a direction I can either like or respect (all that talk about boy tits? Ick) And neither lead is cast in a very good light for that matter. Doon is a bit of a prat, and the barmaid is a virgin, destitute, dreaming of escaping her dreary life but there is little about her that comes across as smart, capable or sparked my need to read her story.
More than anything the writing style, and delivery needs major work. Capturing the reader, presenting characters that I want to cheer for and read about should be the author's number one goal. This effort feels rough. Fails right out of the gate to get the set up right. Then lolls about giving us nothing for a few chapters, then wham, he kidnaps her with almost no interaction and at this point the heroine is still very much one dimensional, so as a reader I could care less.
DNF and won't be trying again.
Fabulous, well defined characters and such Totally Unexpected twists and turns - you just won't see it coming. No matter what you're thinking - you're wrong! 😲 You have to read it to believe it ... and then you'll just have to get the next book because you just can't guess what's coming next.
Given its faults it's an easy read.