**spoiler alert** I feel out of place. I honestly don't enjoy giving reviews because i feel as if i have no idea what i'm talking about in general. Ei...more**spoiler alert** I feel out of place. I honestly don't enjoy giving reviews because i feel as if i have no idea what i'm talking about in general. Either way, i just ended this book today. It's been my second reading of it - the first time being about 2 or 3 years ago.
The major bother of the book was the writing at times. A couple of words and descriptions came off over used. Only other issue I have is Ann's down fall. Surely a captain like her wouldn't allow the events that happened to take place. I find it extremely hard to follow along with what went on around that part of the book because I knew whole heartedly that Ann wouldn't stand for such things. I'm positive she would have killed or at the very least thrown those trouble makers off ship. The only reason that part of the story didn't put me off was because I stuck to it a bit longer and the rest of the story redeemed itself. The story line was a bit push and pull though. Sometimes everything went well and other times it all crumbled again; it probably wouldn't be a good book if that weren't the case though. Thing is, the crumbling didn't always feel true to Ann's character. Like I previously mentioned, some of the trouble that happened felt as if it could have been easily avoided. I still hold strong to my belief that Ann could have remained the strong and fearless captain all through out, but I realize those moments needed to happen in order for the last few chapters to unfold. Violet was strong, beautiful, magical. Her beauty though, it really shown through from the writing - I pictured her and I felt her. Ann came off quite beautiful as well: tough, capable, fit. When I wasn't imagining myself with Violet, you can be sure that I was imagining myself being swept into the soft strong arms of Ann. I really enjoyed them together. Alas, I couldn't help wondering if a romance was plausible between them. Violet watched her husband's death because of Ann. She was put through many a torturous episode at the word of the captain. But all of that too was rounded up nicely; the story's late chapters did instill sufficient belief in such an unlikely romance. Charlie, hah, oh Charlie. That little runt, while maddening at times, was endearing to read of because of her similarities to Ann. The trio of Ann, Violet, and Charlie was very heart warming. I would have loved to see them become a family because they worked so well as one, and so the ending of the story, in regards to Charlie, felt a bit unresolved. I wanted to know firmly what would be of her, and hoped strongly that maybe she'd not find her father. That sounds awful doesn't it?
This book provides pretty images, tugs and pulls at your heart strings, and has a bit of action thrown in as well. I'd say you should read it. It's certainly one of those books that makes you really want to see it as a movie.
Lastly, i'd just like to note how much i loved pages 280 to 287. (less)