Piratica by Tanith Lee

Rating: 7/10 

Age: 12+

Piratica By Tanith Lee

Artemesia Fitz-Willoghby Weatherhouse (Art), yes that’s her name, is the brilliant and defiant protagonist in this crazy pirate adventure. Now, I revisited this book after probably (maybe?), 7 years. The very idea of this book is hilarious and charming.

Art loses her Mother (and her memory) at a young age and is sent to live with her rich father, who sends her to finishing school in hopes of putting her straight. However, after 6 years at the academy, she hits her head and regains her memory. This story takes place in the year Seventeen-Twelvety (early 1800’s in our world), so if you’re not into historical fiction, then this book is not for you. But if you are into badass teenage heroines who charm the pants off of everybody (then steals them), this book is.  😉

In these memories, she catches glimpses of her mother’s daring adventures at sea, the most feared pirate in England. She immediately leaves, and in a strange series of events (declaring herself to be Art Blastside), steals from an aspiring singer, makes him a highwayman, and manages to band together her Mother’s old crew and convince them all to steal the ship they are currently ‘working’ on. 

Now, there’s a catch to all this: those memories are true, however they didn’t take place on the high seas but ON A STAGE, and her mother wasn’t a pirate, in fact, neither of them are. They are all ACTORS! 

Still, Art isn’t swayed, and continues down the path with her misfit bunch of actors who have suddenly become the most ‘fearsome’ and ‘troublesome’ pirates on the high seas! *They also have a mysterious map which may or may not yield true treasure!

Go hunting for gold, with Art, and discover a new world, that is slightly distorted from ours, and laugh out loud at the pure Ludacrisy in so many scenes! 

This book is a trilogy, and the first one does start out a bit dry almost, but if you can read the first book, make sure to get through the second and third, which are even more detailed and fantastical! 

I did give it a 7, which is still a high score respectively, however it is a bit dry and shallow, and there is this strange tone the Author takes on whilst writing. However, it could just be that it doesn’t suit my style. 

Series Order

Piratica 

Piratica II Return to Parrot Island 

Piratica III The Family Sea 

Let me know below what you think of this book, if you’ve read it, and if you agree with my rating!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 10/10 

Age: 16+

This book was the most riveting, brutal, and real YA I’ve come across in a while. I am actually shocked it’s not more popular! 

What makes a good YA are adult themes that truly express what teenagers are capable of feeling. And I’m not just talking about sexuality, but emotional depth.

This book tells the sordid tale of a young girl in another world where faeries exist. Feyre Archeron is forced to hunt because her family has no money or food, and her dad is disabled and desolate. Her sisters don’t help either. Unfortunately, she kills a grey wolf that turns out to be a faerie and as a result, this faerie High Lord demands Feyre as retribution as demanded by a treaty regarding human-faerie interaction. 

This is a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and by loose, I mean extremely loose. She obviously falls in love with him, but what she doesn’t know, is that everybody’s powers have been stripped in the faerie realm. The remaining faeries maintain a very loose hold on magic, whilst nightmares roam the forests, sent by the evil faerie intent on torturing everyone.

KINDA SPOILER ALERT* Read past the first book to find out why it’s not a Beauty and the Beast retelling. 😉

What makes this book jarring is the explicit brutality and real life parallelism drawn. That’s why the age is pretty high. I don’t want to go into details, because I HATE BOOK SPOILERS! But the journey this girl goes on IS INTENSE! The world created by this author is STUNNING! Not similar to anything I’ve encountered, and it was definitely a fresh take on the binary concept of good and evil, and it circumvented the concept by managing to create truly multi-dimensional characters. 

I recommend this book for both genders, there is a strong theme of romance, but a mature one that isn’t about appealing to teenage girls, even though it may seem like that at first. 

Without a doubt, if you read the first book, you’re going to read the second book!

I finished this series in 2 days because it was so amazing, I borrowed it from my library but it is also available on Amazon Kindle! 

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Book Series Order 

A Court of Thorns and Roses 

A Court of Mist and Fury 

A Court of Wings and Ruin 

A Court of Frost and Starlight