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This effort is much stronger than her last standalone, and is so close to being a really incredible book that it's that much more infuriating when it's not. There is so much that is done right here that I don't want to dissuade any from reading because this book really is worth it. However.....(SPOILER)
Essentially, Fletcher could have played this as a straight adventure --but she introduces an alien element--and then spends pages and pages ponderously going through the mythology of these aliens. She uses aliens in her other books, but it fades into the back. Here, it's a main part of the mystery but it's just boring. Consequently, I skipped pages sometimes to get back to the parts where Fletcher excels--the human dynamics of the group stuck on the island. Her possibilities with the Lord of the Flies situations and the group's fight for survival, not to mention a sweet but sadly briefly mentioned romance, could have all received major billing if she had either completely cut out the alien stuff or simply made it more trivial. I know she's fascinated by it, but it doesn't work as well as she thinks it does her in her head. It comes off preachy and tedious. And most importantly detracts from those moments that build emotional connection to the main characters. Rant over.
This is still a great read. Would recommend.
It kept me turning the pages for 2 days, my only let down was the epilogue-of all my years of reading, I never had an epilogue presented in quite that way (I don't mention how due to spoiler)-I would have preferred a bit more detail wrap up, but to each her own.
Over all a good read if you are into syfi/fantasy and a well written story with good characters.
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but would have written the same opinion if I had come across this author on my own.
It's 20% historical fiction, 80% scifi, and 100% nothing I expected (also, it's gay). If you just want 100% romance, this isn't that. But if you want your romance mixed in with a sometimes weird, sometimes heartbreaking adventure, I cannot recommend this enough.
This book is a wild ride, but it's so much fun.
I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes for
The setting of the story revolves around the world of piracy and the Bermuda Triangle. After reading the abstract for this book, I was hooked. Catalina de Valasco is a 17th century Spanish noblewoman who is promised in marriage to a wealthy man who lives in America. She is bound for America when her boat is attacked and captured by pirates. The pirates decide to contact Catalina’s husband to be and ask for a ransom.
The cabin boy (oops … cabin girl) on the pirate ship is Sam. For the last few years, Sam has been pretending to be a boy. Originally, she was doing this for her own safety, but now finds it more comfortable to play the role of a boy.
The captain decides to put Catalina and Sam (along with a few men who are not interested in women) on an island while he waits for the ransom response from the future husband. It is at this point that the Bermuda Triangle comes in to play and the adventure and excitement starts.
Ms. Fletcher is an excellent storyteller. She thoroughly develops her characters. Readers will immediately want to cheer on their favorite individuals. It was hard to put down the book because I wanted to know the next calamity to befall our castaways.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and adventure. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I was given this ARC in return for a fair and honest review.