This was a fun book! I’ve been wanting to read more books about pirates, and I always love reading about supernatural creatures, so this was a win-win.
This was maybe not the most realistic book in its representation of pirates since most of them were so young and incompetent, but then, what do I actually know about pirates? (Nothing.) They were also pretty ruthless when it came to thieving and killing and kidnapping, and they enjoyed things like drinking and sex and gambling, so it’s not like they were completely sanitized.
I liked Alosa. She was smart and tough and crafty. She wasn’t infallible or unemotional, but she also didn’t let herself get too distracted from her mission. I also liked that she wasn’t made out to be an overly nice pirate just to make her likeable (she had no qualms about stealing and killing), and she was casual about things like sex and drinking (although there was nothing explicit on-page, mostly just passing mentions in her thoughts). She was a good character.
I thought the romance was done well too. Romance between a captive and their captor can be tricky, but it worked here. Alosa wasn’t immediately all over Riden just because he was hot. She had a mission, and that didn’t include swooning over attractive men. But he was her interrogator, and there was a lot of fun banter between them, and she found she liked messing with him, and then they kind of spent more time together and got to know each other a little better, and the tension and feelings stemmed from that. It was believable.
There was also a non-romance plot that I enjoyed. Alosa’s whole point in being purposely kidnapped was to search the ship she was on and find a piece of map her father wanted.
And of course I loved the siren stuff. I guess this could be considered a minor spoiler, but main character is half-siren, so she has some cool abilities that revolve around singing and seducing men.
I liked the audio narration by Marisa Calin too. I have no complaints about her performance as Alosa, and the male voices weren’t bad.
Overall, this was a fun and enjoyable book about pirates and sirens and thievery and romance, and I plan to continue the series.
Anyone who likes YA, pirates, sirens, and a bit of banter-y romance.