Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (DRC): A Swashbuckling Adventure

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4 stars

Caledonia Styx is now the captain of the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women who all have had their lives devastated by the corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his Bullets.

Their mission is to stay alive as they take down Aric’s fleet. But when Caledonia’s second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia’s steadfast rule of no bullets wavers. 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?

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I definitely really enjoyed this one & it was one of the better swashbuckling pirate adventure stories I’ve read!

After my last seafaring read (These Rebel Waves) disappointed me, I had pretty low expectations for this (as a precaution for bookish heartbreak, of course). But Seafire ended up being the swashbuckling adventure I was looking for!

All of the action and adventure was all very fun, and it was an overall easy read to just get sucked into and transported somewhere else. I was easily interested in the story and it kept me going with all the action and adventure scenes.

It wasn’t hard to understand and I wasn’t tearing my hair out over the politics, which was really enjoyable. It was just a lot of action and adventure which I appreciated.

The action scenes and all the awesome fight and escape scenes were definitely the highlight of this book. I loved reading the action and it was fluid and easy to get into and just a nice break.

Plus, it was totally gripping with the way Parker kept us all on the edges of our seats. I loved that! The whole plot had a decent number of twists and turns to keep the action going.

Something else I really enjoyed was just the premise overall–I love the idea of an all girl pirate gang and it was cool to see a whole ragtag group of girls fighting alongside each other! The themes of sisterhood and everything were totally awesome, and I just love found family stories.

I also found it really cool how Parker incorporated the sci-fi aspects into this fantasy–it wasn’t just masts and giant, billowing sails, but they had more tech than a regular fantasy possessing items from the 1800s, so things like solar powered sails and electric hulls were really cool to read about!

Sometimes incorporating science fiction in fantasy and fantasy in science fiction doesn’t cut it, but this just was really awesome and I thought Parker integrated it quite nicely.

The one thing that I didn’t really feel any investment in was the characters. I felt like the characters were just hard to relate to and I didn’t really care about their own personal struggles or backstories. I wasn’t invested in them and although Caledonia was cool and badass, she felt kind of distant and hard to relate to for me.

Plus, my investment in the relationship was at all time lows. For 75% of the book, I was blissfully living in a romance-free fantasy novel. But then people start kissing and I first off, don’t feel the chemistry, and second off, didn’t feel like the time they spent together and what we saw of their interactions suggested any sort of romantic intentions between either of the characters.

Maybe I’m just dense, but it felt like this was going to be romance free until people started kissing. I felt like the basis for that whole part was mostly off of the “this is a YA book!!! we need romance!!!” thing, which is obviously not true.

Overall, this was an easy-to-read, good to get out of your head, actiony adventure that I would definitely recommend to readers looking to sail the ocean blue!

Thank you so much to Penguin Teen @ Book Con for providing me with an advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!

much love, vicky

What pirate & ocean adventure stories have you loved & are excited for?

5 thoughts on “Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (DRC): A Swashbuckling Adventure

  1. Lovely review, Vicky! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this book – I’ve heard so many great things about it from fellow bloggers, I think I might give it a try at some point. I’m sorry to hear about the romance though, it often feels like there’s this need to add romance to YA books, while books don’t need romance ALL the time and it does not necessarily bring something more to a story :/
    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope if you do decide to read it, you love it!

      And yeah, I feel like romance by now is like a necessity even though a lot of the times it just…is not necessary. alas.

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    1. Oh my gosh yes! It’s probably why I enjoyed it so much–because it WASN’T like These Rebel Waves, ahahaha!

      I hope you do enjoy (and good luck with that ban!!)

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