Seafire (Seafire, #1)by Natalie C. Parker Published 28 Aug 2018
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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
"Seafire (Seafire, #1)" Reviews
ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
“Never underestimate the girls of this world”
And the award for best prologue of 2018 goes to Seafire! Seriously this prologue was beyond words amazing. It not only made me feel every single emotion under the sun, but it had me on the edge of my seat for the entire twenty pages. Perfection, seriously perfection. And such a wonderful way to start this amazing story!
I hate comparing books, especially two new releases, but Seafire is everything that I wish These Rebel Waves was. Pirates, the open sea, a beautiful f/f side romance, a found family of girls who feel lost, but come together to create something so powerful. You all, I loved this book.
Seafire stars a young pirate crew leader named Caledonia, and her first mate Pisces, as they are picking up the pieces of something catastrophic that happened four years ago. And during those long, four years, they have found a family of fifty-two girls who they sail the waters with. And all of these girls are willing to do anything to protect their captain and their crew.
In this world, a mysterious man named Aric rules the water! He has fleets upon fleets all under his control, and rules most of the ports with his power. He also takes and receives boys from all around the waters and trains them to become Bullets, who are as cutthroat as they come. And Caledonia and her crew know to never believe a word that any of them say, because they are also as untrustworthy as they come, too.
That is, until the day one saves Pisces from death, betrays his crew of Bullets, and is brought on to Caledonia’s ship. His name is Oran and despite his good deed Cal and her crew want to throw him overboard. Yet, he is harboring information that completely changes everything that Caledonia and Pisces have ever believed. And they are forced to risk it all on the word of one Bullet, who they have spent their entire lives promising to never trust.
Seafire has some really amazing themes on top of this amazing story, too. I know I touched on this briefly above, but the found family in this book is so damn beautiful. Probably one of my favorites I’ve ever read, and that’s really saying something. There is also a constant and underlying message of how people shouldn’t be judged by the mistakes or actions of their family, both blood and found.
“Our first family shall not be our last.”
Also, give me an entire book just about Hime and Amina, because I am weak and in love with them being in love. Seriously, I was living for these side characters and their love for one another. And Hime also uses sign language to communicate with the crew and is dealing with a tremendous amount of PTSD from her past. Needless to say, at this point in my life, I would completely die for this fictional pirate baby. Thank you.
Overall, I loved this. I had such an amazing time while reading, and I truly never wanted to put this book down. From the addictive writing, to the captivating setting, to the heartwarming girls, to the heartbreaking twists; I loved it all. I think this book is going to be a complete hit upon release, and I recommend it with my whole heart. Well, what’s left of it after the ending of this book. Seriously, I need the next installment immediately!
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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, grief depiction, physical abuse, captivity, loss of a loved one, violence, and many battle scenes.
Buddy read with Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills & Lilly at Lair of Books! ❤
this cover is even more beautiful in person than it is on paper oh my god
✨Arc received from the publisher via my local bookstore for an honest review. [ releases: August 2018.]
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Actual Rating: 1.5 stars
“Never underestimate the girls of this world.”
🌟 Currently there are only 6 people who rated this 1 star and I am one of those people! I feel bad about it but I just can’t. I gave this many chances and I decided finally that it is just not for me.
🌟 The day this book was released I was excited for it but then I wasn’t in the mood to read it so I finished Mirage and City of Ghosts and a couple of days later, I am in the mood again to read this so I picked it up immediately.
🌟 I also hadn’t much luck with mermaids and Pirate stories this year (And there were many), I thought that this was going to save the day but it looks like I am not into the whole pirate thing. I really love the cover and a really wanted to love the book too.
🌟 My problem was with the writing style, I did not like it. I went into this and felt sleepy after a few chapters. I thought it may be due to studying and I was tired. I put it down and picked it up at a later break where the same thing happened again and again.
I had insomnia that night, and I was flipping in my bed and I decided to read this! I read 2 pages and I slept immediately (I swear this truly happened and not an exaggeration).
🌟 I just couldn’t get into the story, I tried once and twice and thrice and I found a moment or two where I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, where I thought I will finally get into the story, only to lose interest a couple of pages later.
🌟 So I don’t know if the problem was me, or with the writing or with the whole Pirates genre but I gave this many chances and read exactly one-third of it before giving up on it and deciding to DNF. I don’t feel regret or interest in the story after I let it sink in. I do recommend trying the book, if you like it then it is great but if you can’t get into it then you probably won’t.
Is 2018 going to be the year of pirate books? Because you would not hear me complaining nope not me no way
"Never underestimate the girls of this world."
I mean, it is a girls-only pirate ship. The level of badassery is sky-high. Of course, I wanted to read it.
Seafire was a thrilling and highly suspenseful novel. The sea is ruled by Aric Athair, a ruthless man who takes children from their families, drugs them with Silt in order to make them compliant, and kills everyone who stands in his way. This is how Caledonia Styx lost her family. Four years later, she is the captain of a crew of brave and loyal young women who try to take out Athair's ships one at a time in order to seek revenge and limit his power.
The many tricky situations and risky manoeuvres that this crew experienced had me on the edge of my seat. The fact that (most of them) made it out alive is a miracle. Overall, this books had some serious Six of Crows vibes, which is high praise, let me tell you.
I loved the crew of the Mors Navis. Pisces, Redtooth, Amina, Hime, Nettle, all of these girls are fantastic. But I am no fan of Caledonia's. Her narrow-mindedness and stubbornness grew more and more annoying and the stunt she pulls toward the end of the novel did not help in making her relatable. She is the captain of her crew, she praises trust in your sisters over everything else, but she fails to act like it. Suffice it to say, it threw me off.
What I would have like to see, are f/f relationships. Come on, 53 girls and not a single queer romance? Of course, this book's focus is not on romance at all. Yes, Caledonia does fall for a guy at one point, but it is more of a subplot. I think that when you have the chance to showcase a healthy, lesbian relationship, why wouldn't you? Representation matters, so the three hints that there might or might not be something going on between some of the crew members simply do not suffice.
In a nutshell: a thrilling plot and fantastic concept that somehow failed to get me hooked. I am looking forward to the sequels, though! But I hope that it will feature a different main character or at least alternating POV's.
Thank you to PRH International and NetGalley for providing this ARC.
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I really enjoyed this! More so than I thought I would, honestly!!
It has awesome, female pirates who root for each other and not tear each other down!
I thought the plot moved along nicely as well. The only thing I didn't love was the romance, I thought this book could have gone completely without it.
Overall would def. recommend this book!