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I previously abandoned this book, but it was the only one that fit a specific prompt in a reading challenge, so I picked it up again during a moment when I felt especially patient, to see if I could push through if I only read a couple of pages at a time.
Good news: about 1/3 through, it became easier to resist the temptation to throw this book at the wall. Bad news: that doesn’t mean that the book got a whole lot better.
Alosa, the main character, is the teenage daughter of the Pirate King. She immature, arrogant, and an utter egomaniac. Unfortunately she also happens to be our narrator.
Alosa is a huge fan of herself. For most of the book she goes on and on about how strong, smart and capable she is; how she can beat anybody in a fight; how she excels at every possible skill and subject you can think of; and what a great captain she is.
This only slightly decreases when she starts developing a crush on the first mate of the pirate ship on which she is being held “captive”. However we are still regaled with plenty of cringey behavior and impossibly obnoxious lines of dialogue that made one wonder if her father might have sent her on a mission just because he couldn’t stand having her around for one.more.second. Also makes one wonder about the sanity of the first mate who apparently finds her charming. How???
The world building is summary but not entirely unconvincing; the writing is just ok, IMO, not great but not totally awful; but the two biggies, dialogue and choice of protagonist, are definitely not to my taste. Had the dialogue been sharper, I would have added at least half a star, but as it is I am not likely to recommend this.
Note: someone mentioned to me that the audiobook was quite fun. I don’t generally do audiobooks, but oddly enough, I think that may be a more fitting medium for this book.
-that quote and the other time she actually acknowledged she was not as smart as she thinks she is are the only time during this book I agreed with her.
This book is a whole bunch of tell and an absence of show. The MC brags relentlessly, that she's oh so clever and badass, yet she's a complete idiot. I don't know why she thinks she's so smart. I really don't. None of her plans worked, literally everything she's thought she's done so cleverly and secretly, we find out others were onto her the whole time. Which, of course they were because she's not very smart. The only clever plan that gets her out of a really bad situation, was executed and thought of by her love interest Riden, and it was more foolhardy than smart. I rolled my eyes so many times, I lost count. Her reaction about the only gay character even alluded to was selfish and idiotic and offensive in that idiocy. Very poorly done.