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So why do I say it was like reading a Disney Pixar movie? First off, you had your heroine -- Lady Eden Trenton -- who leads a troubled life and wants to escape to a better reality. Along the way she meets a handsome "pirate" -- Caspian -- and though at first their relationship is strained, eventually they learn to like each other and have an adventure on the high seas, with battles and pirates mixed in. Eden also has two friends who chase after her as a side quest because Eden's abusive fiance is seeking revenge for her running away.
All-in-all, the makings of a Disney movie!
I liked how the book was written, what with its accurate period-references and jargon and descriptions. You felt like you were in 17th century London/Caribbean. I respected Caspian and Eden was fleshed-out pretty well. Her friends, Aimee and Ivy, felt like the comic relief in a way, even though they had a pretty dark storyline (how they get dragged into the adventure is rather cruel, to say the least). Lord Rutger. You will HATE Lord Rutger. He's one of those villains that you just hate. This man is cruel and abusive. The things he would do to Eden are hinted at, and they aren't pleasant.
The biggest flaw in the characters that was the similarity between Captain Matthew and Captain Caspian. Caspian is established as Lord Rutger's foil. He won't abuse Eden and he tried to help her until she finally trusts him. You'll respect Caspian. Then, in a different stoyline (this book is written in multiple POVs), you meet Matthew...and the entire time I felt as if he was a lighter version of Caspian. We had already seen this character IN Caspian, so it felt redundant to have another man who acted almost the exact same way. It's admirable, but too similar.
The battles were fairly well-written. The first one, I didn't feel as if there was any real danger because we never got to "see" it. The entire battle was written from Eden's POV, and she was in the Captain's Chamber the entire time. However, once we see fights and battles from Caspian's POV, the excitement and danger level goes up, which I liked.
To say the least, the conflict in the later half of the book was better than the conflict in the first half.
Overall, this book will be enjoyed more by the younger YA crowd...like between ages 10-17...more than the older crowd or adults. There will be a sequel, so look for it!
I really enjoyed this story, especially since it had a message of faith weaved into it. Eden was a likeable character and her feisty nature made me laugh more than once. Caspian was just mysterious enough to make you wonder if he was a hero or a villain at the beginning of the story and it kept me reading. In fact, it only took me about four days to finish it. I’m excited to read the sequel.
The year is 1696 in a time of expanding colonization of the Americas and the Caribbean when pirates roamed the seas and privateers were hired by their home countries to fight them off and to keep the seas as safe as possible for merchants and others traveling between the New World and the many imperialist countries throughout Europe.
Swept to Sea focuses on two main characters: the Lady Eden Trenton, a young woman from England who has imagined leaving her home to escape from an unwanted marriage her father arranged with an English Lord; and Captain Caspian Archer, a pirate-turned privateer who seeks revenge on a pirate captain who destroyed his life years before.
The two character's lives collide when Eden stows away on Caspian's ship, which is making its way to Port Royal in the New World. A cast of interesting supporting characters enhances the story - from the loyal first mate Gage, to Caspian's young son Reed who bonds quickly with Eden, or Eden's best friends Ivy and Aimee who were left behind in England when their friend disappeared.
The interactions between Eden and Caspian were very interesting and often funny and entertaining, and I loved the adventure and excitement of the book, especially when the suspense picks up in the last chapters and leaves you wondering how things will turn out for the characters.
Swept to Sea was an enjoyable and hard-to-put-down novel that I would recommend to anyone who likes pirates, romance, and a compelling and inspiring read.
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