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REVIEW! Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Do you want a book with a pirate ship full of girls being badass? Because if so this is the book for you.

Rating: ★★★★

So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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? 

One of the strongest parts, for me, of this book was the characters, especially the main character. She makes mistakes, she’s not perfect, she doubts herself and she’s relatable. Also the mistakes she makes actually have consequences that she has to deal with as the captain of the ship. The prologue actually opens the book with her making a mistake which costs lives and we see throughout the book how that has changed her to the point she’s over cautious, as she doesn’t want the same thing to happen again, but to the crew of her ship who have become her family. It was great to see her progress through the book and have to learn to trust others, and let people take risks sometimes.

The ending took me a little by surprise because I thought it was going to end a certain way and then it took a completely different direction, and I definitely think the actual ending was a lot stronger than it would have been if it had ended they way I originally thought it would. I’m so glad there is a sequel to this because I just want so much more from this world and I’m looking forward to seeing how Caledonia deals with what happened and where she goes from here. The sequel is definitely going on my ‘want to read soon’ list and unfortunately the UK has no release date for the paperback so I went ahead and bought the ebook version.

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