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Rereads: Pirates & Witches

Daughter of the Pirate King

By Tricia Levenseller

5 out of 5 stars


Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.


Loved it! The banter is just so good! And my offer stands: I will give away my first born for an ARC of the sequel.

I had some online friends say they tried it and didn’t like it when they first got the book but I talked them (gently forced is probably the best description) to retry it and they did…and they loved it! So yea!!!!!!!!

The Black Witch

By Laurie Forest

5 out of 5 stars


Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.


I did a pretty long review of this before so I don’t want to be repetitive. This book is just…I find it so incredibly ironic that people have judged this book so harshly when they have never read it. The original blogger that started the whole controversy has a right to her opinion and while I may not agree with it, she took the time to read the book and write out a long review. The people following her and then bullying others is ASTOUNDING and honestly…very disappointing for a community that screams for diversity and new kinds of books. The entire point of the book is to think for yourself and experience life and use those experiences to make your own opinions. How ironic that so many people would be angry about the book based on the opinion of someone else.

A final thought I was able to finally formulate was…some of the criticism about it was that the main character has those eureka moments about her prejudices and then continues to say or think questionable/problematic things. I think…we all would love for our prejudices to be turned off like a light switch but that’s not how prejudices work. There’s so much institutional racism today in the world–I mean…in The Black Witch that we don’t realize we’ve said something offensive or problematic until it comes out of our mouth or we think it. That’s why Elloren does it.

This book is real. Like startling real and accurate for a fantasy. Maybe that is why people have a hard time with it. I keep coming back to this one thought. While I am happy to live outside of the United States, I remember maybe 10 years ago…the idea of having a President of the United States openly accept and work to legalize equal marriage was imaginable. The majority of the people weren’t with you. Now…in 2017…only 10 years later…it has totally flipped. While some of the older population may have died and the younger more liberal generation is now voting age, this swing in opinion required millions of people to change their stances. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we all grew up around institutional racism, sexism, homophobia and other isms. Pretending they don’t exist and we don’t conquer them seems so much more harmful to me.