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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  15,331 ratings  ·  774 reviews
Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a socie
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 3rd 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published October 1st 2003)
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Sarayah A little bit and it feels innocent. Romance is not the main plot whatsoever, just a side note.

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Cora Tea Party Princess
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Swashbuckling adventure. Love, danger, life.

I always find it so difficult to review my favourite books. I just can't put my feelings into words. It's particularly hard when I have read that book so many times over the past decade that the pages are falling out and the cover's peeling off, because by now my love for the book has no reason, it just is.

Pirates! is such an adventure. It has so many twists and turns and shocks and some really sweet and poignant moments. It's a book that sets
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
I know that this is supposed to be a fun little book, and I think the audience might be aimed at younger ages, but in the end, it felt inconsistent on so many levels that I was just left feeling confused and/or disappointed, depending upon the chapter.

For one, Rees seems to have done a good amount of research for this book, yet I felt that she wasted it every time she turned a blind eye to conventions of the day. I don't care how accurately you can describe various ships if you don't also think
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
4.5 stars but I'm rounding it up to 5 for this scene alone:

'That's why he beat you?'

'Yes. But ain't nothing you can do, Miss Nancy. Best not to interfere. Don't need to make trouble for yourself. You be married soon … ' Her voice faltered. Her gaze flickered away as if she could no longer look at me.

I left her staring at the steady flame of the candle. I still wore the pistol, stuck in my sash, and I almost smiled as I felt the carved wooden grip snug in my hand. Nothing I could do. How many peo
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of historical (esp. pirate) fiction; action heroine fans
Although I haven't read much pirate-themed fiction, I find the premise interesting; so I've had my eye on this historical novel ever since the BC library (where I work) acquired it. It definitely didn't disappoint! Set mostly in the early 1720s, with some stage-setting in the years leading up to those, this action-packed tale follows the life and adventures of first-person narrator Nancy Kington (b. ca. 1704), the daughter of a Bristol merchant, who finds herself packed off to the family's plant ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
So glad I reread this. I highly recommend if you want to read a pirate story.
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Someone commented that the writing was weird and confusing. I don't find it confusing at all. I will admit listening to it on audio book might help with that, as I did the first time around. But this time I read it. We have the story of a girl who wants to be rebellious in a world that sees her a currency for land and wealth. She lives innocently and oblivious to the schemes of the men around her until one day she takes action against a man trying to hurt her best friend. They run away and becom ...more
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it
A young adult novel that I read exclusively because the teens in my book group had a serious hard-on for the Pirates of the Carribean movies. It’s a good story that seems backgrounded well with research, and it’s a quick read about two teenage girls -- one an English heiress, the other her slave -- who become pirates. It doesn’t gloss over what a pirate’s life entailed, but it refuses to linger on the more unsavory aspects of it, choosing to go a more light-hearted route. Considering that Rees’ ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about two young women who choose to become pirates during desperate times in their lives.

This book was just as good as With Child and think it's great for young teens to go on a great adventure.

I can't wait to get my hands on other books by Celia Rees, such as Savoy (another pirate book).Although I think I may be a little to old for these books I still think they're great, as said by the 5 stars I gave above.
Nancy Kingston is in for a shock when her beloved father dies, and she travels to his plantation in the West Indies with her brother, leaving her childhood friend and betrothed behind. When arriving at the plantation, Nancy is shocked to discover her father was a keeper of slaves and her brother is attempting to marry her off to a cruel neighbor. Nancy and Minerva, a girl she befriends on the plantation, run away together and end up boarding a pirate ship in disguise, and start their life as hig ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Although I was fully prepared to like this book, (I love seafaring stories), the book didn't hold up to my expectations (fixed high by the likes of London, Stevenson, Jacques and Luke). There is a wealth of potential, with good characters and conflicts, exotic settings, and a sense of historically accurate details, but the narration is slow: with full details of events that bring little interest, and skimming quickly over the most important climactic action. The reading is easy, but it is too cl ...more
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Nancy Kingdon is the daughter of a rich merchant. When her father’s fleet is lost in a terrible storm, he makes a bargain with a man known as The Brazilian. Nancy is unaware that her father has promised her hand in marriage to this man in exchange for gold. When her father dies suddenly, her brothers send her to her father’s plantation in Jamaica. She lives there for a time, unaware that she will soon be presented to The Brazilian, who lives on a neighboring plantation. Nancy and her house slave ...more
Jul 26, 2011 added it
Perhaps it is because I am an adult and this book was written for a younger audience, but I was not impressed by this book at all! When you read the back of the book, the plot seems exciting and fast paced. This is not the case when you actually begin to read the book. The plot moves slowly, and Celia Rees has a HEAVY hand with foreshadowing. She tells her reader every twist and turn before it happens. This completely ruined the book for me. I also couldn't develop an attachment to either of the ...more
I did enjoy this one, though I probably won't reread it. I love pirate stories, and was satisfied that there was a good amount of swashbuckling at times. The majority of the book was kind of boring, though. I really didn't like the main character, but I did like Minerva and all her badassery. Minerva's mom was probably my favorite character. She was so strong in the face of adversity and abuse and did everything she could for her daughter. She was a great mother figure for Nancy, too. The villai ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I reaally liked this book surprisingly. Found it at a ratty old corner shop for €2 a few years ago.

The story was completely different for me, 2 young girls find themselves with not much choice but to join with pirates.

The style of writing was all very well and appropriate as we plunged back into the seas.
I loved the characters and the way the subtle romance played out EVEN THOUGH I WAS DYING FOR MORE LIKE ANY SORT OF CLOSURE PLEASE.

Cute book and if I wasn't struggling through a slump right now,
Celia Buell
I'm sad to say that I didn't enjoy Pirates! as much as Celia Rees's previous novel, Witch Child. While I loved the premise behind the story - two girls who run away from oppression and slavery and join with pirates in the 1700s - I just didn't feel like there was enough action and conflict to make a good adventure story.

When there was action, it seemed forced, and it was always between long periods of nothingness. There were not a lot of interpersonal conflict, and although Nancy is fighting a
Amanda Bynum
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I kicked off my Cannonball Read endeavor with Pirates!, a young adult novel on girl pirates in the 18th century. It was a solid way to start the project - relatively short, somewhat frivolous, lesbian overtones, and only a couple mentions of scurvy (but no scurvy dogs). Nancy is fleeing an arranged marriage; Minerva, a life of slavery. They join up with a band of pirates, and yes, blood is shed, but hearts are also led to love. Like I said, girl pirates. They don't make out or anything, but they ...more
This story of two teenaged girls who choose to become pirates because of the desperateness of their lives is, as it claims to be, pretty exciting. When Nancy Kington's father dies soon after his shipping business is devastated by a storm (and his son's drinking and gambling addictions), it is expected that Nancy will solve the family's financial problems by marrying the wealthy, but mysterious and evil Bartholome. Despite her opposition to this plan, she isn't driven to join with pirates until s ...more
Listened to the audio book.

LOVED this story and the narrator was fantastic. I kept putting off doing things where I couldn't also listen to the book at the same time because I couldn't find a good stopping point to put down the iPod. I am sad that I waited so long to get to it as it's been on my list for a while and sitting on my shelf for a while as well.

For those that read SOVAY and thought it was too long and/or too heavy on the historical details, I think you would really enjoy this book. I
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good adventure!
Shelves: favorite-books
This is such a wonderful book! I just finished reading it a second time and loved it just the same! I nearly cried at the end because I felt I was leaving some great friends--the mark of an extraordinary book, in my opinion. I would give it 5 stars, but I felt that a few scenes were more rushed than they should have been, but still a great read all the same.
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people that dislike veggies(only wierdos actually eat their vegatables)
I really liked this book!!!! I think it was reeeeeally good!!! I didnt get the whole blood rubies thing but overall i really liked it. You should totally read it!!!
i definatly recomend it!!!
Dawn   Nicholson
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
** 5 Action-Packed Stars **

'As We Stood At The Rail, Laughing Together, I Truly Believed That There Was Nothing I Could Not Do.' ~ Nancy ~

A beautiful and adorable story.

Couldn't bring myself to finish this one, not that it wasn't interesting, just found it a tad dull and repetitive.
Pirates! By Celia Rees is a good YA melodrama Nancy Kington about 1700 is the young daughter of a Bristol merchant, somewhat similar to the Bloody Jack series by
L.A. Meyer this is a bit more serious and though it’s not a series or a dozen or more novels this is good historical fiction with some Bad language of the d-word sort present but relatively restrained, rape or attempted rape and prostitution are part of this world but not portrayed in great detail, and while there are some very violent
Rachel Joy
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting mix of both what I did and did not expect.
In the end, however, I would recommend it. It's a fun ride through the history of pirates, two women pirates, without apology for their freedom or way of life.
Jun 02, 2017 added it
This was my favourite book back when I was ten and hadn't read Percy Jackson yet
Shanon Erickson
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Evan Baldonado
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

⅘ stars! Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Pirates!. I usually only read dystopians, so I didn’t really know what to expect. This book probably worked out well for me because there was lots of adventure and action. I also really enjoyed was the usage of maritime terms such as ‘schooner’ and ‘topsail’. One thing that I didn’t like was the excessive amount of foreshadowing that Celia Rees used. She used it every chapter or so. Overall, I would recommend this book for middle-schoolers be
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teenage-books
This book wins most of its stars for strong characters, beautiful writing and interesting historical details. The plot, however, was a bit of a disappointment.

Pirates!, or to give it its full title, Pirates! - The true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pyrates, is the story of two girls who escape their very different 17th century lives to live a life of piracy. Nancy is a rich girl from Bristol who goes to live on her father's plantation after his death and i
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I bought this book wanting to love it. It’s about pirates who so happen to be women. I was also hoping this would lead to pirates who so happen to be women and gay. Why was I hoping for this? Because it would have been interesting and different from a lot of other female pirate books.

Well, as it were, there are no female gay pirates. Instead, there is a gal who wants to be with her childhood friend, William, and is instead put into an arranged marriage with this guy who is known throughout the
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I had be seeing it on shelves for ages and was curious. It ended up being a pretty darn good book.

This book tells the story of a young girl, Nancy, who is the daughter to a sugar plantation owner. When Nancy's father dies. Nancy is spirited away by her brothers to live on their sugar plantation in Jamaica. Upon her arrival she finds that she has been promised to a horrible man for marriage. Certain circumstances come about and Nancy ends up fleeing for her life and
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Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's, YA and Adult fiction.

She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, during which time she began to write.

Since then, she

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