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Pirate Princess

(Pirate Princess #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  31 reviews
As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren’t often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to Tilia in the way that treasure draws pirate ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published November 2nd 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

This is the best kind of book that sucks you in until you lose yourself in the fantastical world, filled with pirates, magic, intrigue, battles, heroines and love. It’s the kind of book that you not only don’t want to, but can’t make yourself put down. Basically it’s epic and I’m thrilled to have had the chance to read it.

A major reason is because the characters i
Ivey Byrd
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A pirate princess with deadly skills with a dagger, rival pirates, dashing pirate captains, and life threatening adventures. What could go wrong?

I was so excited when Catherine asked me to review her book, Pirate Princess for her because I love her books. For this book, the title instantly had my attention, as well as the cover. I usually don't like covers with faces on them, but with the sword and ship on the cover too it all comes together to create a mysterious atmosphere that screams a fu
Cat | Bookocraze
Originally posted on Book-o-Craze, on a tour hosted by Tasty Book Tours.


I had never really read a book about pirates before, but now that I have, I am totally planning on making it a habit!

In this novel, we follow through Tilia's, Princess of Crilian and the daughter of the most feared and mighty pirate, who just so happens to be called the King of Pirates, exciting and adventurous life.

There are several events taking place in the pages of this book
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has everything I could have hoped, romance, adventure, magic, and pirates. It is a lot of fun and I love the interplay of all of the characters.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A valiant first effort, but unfortunately not the best debut I have ever read. Too many tropes to be good YA fiction, too many "adult suggestive" scenes and violence to be a fair middle-grade... Though the reading level does not use too many advanced-vocabulary words without explaining them almost immediately.
That was my biggest concern, I guess: I have been known to forgive a multitude of tropes in the face of good, solid prose. I can appreciate a madcap, helter-skelter, mixed-bag of randomize
Pirate Princess, well for starters the title was enough to draw me in. Add the fact that it was written by one of my favorite authors and I knew I needed to read this. I don't even know where to begin, this has been by far one of my favorite books and one of the best stories I have read in a while.

Tilia has lived most of her life on a pirate ship with her father. Her mother died when Tilia was very young. That is until she turns ten and then he sends her to live with her aunt and uncle, King Ja
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this novel.
The main characters have great personalities. The plot is complex: there is a lot of twists and turns.
At the end of the novel there are still lots of mysteries, so it's frustrating and you want to know what will happen next! For example, I would really like to know more about Finn, and what's going to happen to Tilia. But I guess I'll just have to wait for the next novel now...

- I would have liked to see more of Tilia (the main character) learning and
Michelle Fritz PA
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superb Story Telling... in Epic Proportion!!!

This was one amazingly, excited, well thought out and captivating tale ♡♡♡ I loved every single character, no matter their moral compass as they were so detailed and absolutely individual. Together these characters helped to paint one epic, never-ending adventure! The banter between the characters was witty, imaginative and laugh out loud hilarious! The action just kept on coming, but not in a chaotic manner. This novel was well paced and excellently
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

An epic journey for a non-ordinary princess in a world of magic, knights and pirates.
We follow a strange girl with with more secrets than dress hiden in her closet. Tillia heir, of more than one crown, powers and huge personality, lead us in her quest of her place in the world, love and family. Big characters, a bunch of places to travels, conspiracy to foil, islands to discover, jails to evade, country to visits and ennemies
Stan Faryna
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A load of magic, silliness, and derring do!

A fun trot across the country of YA Fantasy, Coming of Age Chick Lit, Catherine Bank's Pirate Princess is going to fuel unlady-like aspirations and unrealistic expectations. But it will all work out in the end. Right? Maybe not for your daughter, but it does for Princess, Arch Mage, and swashbuckler Tilia!

Recent books I can recommend with strong, young heroines: Morgan Smith's A Spell in the Country, Madolyn Locke's Silent Love and Judith Rook's Planet
Alyssa Rasmussen
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too much dialogue.

Normally I love books about female pirates, and add in a dash of magic and I'm hooked. This book though had way too much dialogue and very little world building. It was very predictable and truly could have been over by chapter 8.
Julie Bird
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe this gets better, but at 35% I was just sick of little miss perfect pirate getting everything she wants with no regard for anyone else. And all the people around her letting her get away with it. UGH!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I read the book in a day and half as it was very intertaining and kept my attenþion all through the book am looking forward to next book in series
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
>Fun read

Really enjoyed this fun action packed book. Looking forward to the second one. If you like magic, pirates and fighting, this is for you.
Shannon Heck
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF awful book
E.A. Shanniak
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply.... fucking wow!!! Can I say more?! I love everything Catherine Banks has written and she has out done herself with Pirate Princess. It's a MUST read. ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This is absolutely one of the worst books I have ever read! Everything about his book is horrible! This book is very boring and very slow paced! This book felt nothing like a pirate book. It at times felt like it belonged in the Marvel or DC universe. The author went way overboard with the magic. Pirates and magic are not a good mix. There was a character in the story whose name sounds nothing like a pirate's name. This characters name sounded more like a name for a wrestler. I do not recommend ...more
Daryl Ball
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A girl raised as a pirate now flung into the world of learning how to be a princess from two of the deadliest royals alive - her aunt and uncle. It's a book that follows her finding a way to be true to her pirate and royal sides all while growing up. She learns not only her limitations but how dangerous the world can be. On more than one occasion her life or the life of somebody she cares about is in danger and in getting through those situation she learns much. The scope and depth of the person ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a girl just needs to read a book with a strong female character and a fun fantasy twist that is both exciting and daring. Pirate Princess is a fantastic young adult story that will appeal to readers both young and old. This story has a fantastic set of people and exciting adventures that will take you on a ride that you did not see coming.

This book has everything I expected and more. Tilia is a fantastic young adult heroine. She is smart, resourceful, and kind. She is a young woman who
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Review Originally Posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Pirate Princess is a young adult fantasy romance. It centers around a teenage girl named Talia. Up to the age of ten she has lived with her pirate father and his crew. According to her deceased mother's wishes, the King of Pirates leaves her with her aunt and uncle, the King and Queen of Crilan.

Tilia must keep her father's identity a secret for her and his safety. This creates a lot of conflict in the be
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** I received this ARC for a fair and honest review***

This debut novel from Catherine Banks is rock solid and a great YA read. Ms. Banks breathes life into the Realm of Olanze and the land of Crilan with absolute brilliance and mastery. For a first book, all I can say is awesome work!

Pirate Princess is an imaginative coming of age story of young Tilia. Under the early tutelage of her father, Tilia finds that the pirate life is the best way to live. However, her father has other plans and sends
C.A. King
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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When I was a little girl, I loved to pretend to be a princess, but only some days. Other days were reserved for playing pirate or wizard. Never once did I consider being all three at once. That is exactly what Catherine Banks gives us in Pirate Princess.

Join a high seas adventure. Tilia is a young girl being brought up by her pirate father. Her mother, who passed away, was royalty and heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Cril
I chose this novel to read due to the fantasy aspect of it. I am all over fantasy wen it comes down to it, and this was a rather well-written, riveting story, that captured the readers attention throughout the novel. Miss Catherine Banks, brought a time period back to life within this novel, and it was a nice touch to have that strong heroine captured in the main character, Tilia.

We are introduced to Tilia within the first few pages of the novel. A strong-headed gal, she is the Pirate King's da
Megan | A Page to Turn
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, pirates
I truly enjoyed this book for what it was, a pirate book about a pretty strong heroine. That is what I expected from the title and blurb, and for the most part that is what I got! The author, Catherine Banks, put a lot of effort into building this world and creating some very believable and strong characters. That being said, I'm not really a fan of her writing style - it's a little more middle grades for my taste, while the actual story is more suited for an older teen audience. It's a simple s ...more
Fiction  Vixens Blog
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time reading anything by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The story follows Tilia's princess Crlian and the daughter of the most feared pirate king . You will see several events that take place in these amazing pages of this story, you'll find lots of funny things ,heartbreaks, agonizing moments. Theirs is even some surprises that take place , these things just make the story even some special. The characters are well developed and interesting personalities .And ...more
Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog)
I dived into Pirate Princess without knowing what I was going to get and I have to say that I was pleasently surprised by it =)

Pirate Princess transports you to a magical world in every sense of the word. It will captivate, charm and capture your whole being. I loved every character and the uniqueness in each of them. I was infenitely delighted with both the setting and the characters. It has been quite some time since I encountered such complex yet charming characters at the same time.

Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
When I have read blurb I was like OMG! Pirate book! I like them but not every pirate book is good pirate book and not
everyone has eye catching blurb. This one catched my eye, but it wasn't what I have expected. Yes, it was good book,
only good.
We have King of Pirates, Captain Rocco. He has a daughter, but when she was ten years old he left her with her aunt
Esmeralda and her husband Jared also they are Queen and King of Crilan Kingdom. Of course Tilia wanted to stay with her
father but he
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tilia Swanson is the only daughter of Captain Rocco, the Pirate King. At the age of 10, he sends her to her aunt and uncle, the King and Queen of Crilan to be raised as a royal and Heir Apparent. Expecting to find herself learning to be a demure woman, she is pleasantly surprised to find that women in Crilan are taught to be just as strong as the men.

Keeping the secret of who her father is, she begins training under the Arch Mage Faxon and g
Hannah ThavaKumar
When I started reading this book, I was completely drawn in. But it got queasy after a point. It was little droll and felt like it was being dragged out.
The character Tilia was also a bit unreal. Everything goes right for her- she can fight, has magic(except at the end) , is bold and beautiful.
I think that if there was more suspense, more pirate-ness and maybe a plot twist, it could be a better book.
Chelsy Mcgee
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pirate Princess by: Catherine Banks was beautifully written and left me on the edge of my set till the very end. There was twists and turns and unexpected romance between a young pirate captain and a young pirate princess that I just loved. If you love action and adventure this is the perfect book for you. I give this book five stars.
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Catherine Banks is a USA Today Bestselling fantasy author who writes in several fantasy subgenres under multiple pseudonyms. She began writing fiction at only four years old and finished her first full-length novel at the age of fifteen. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who she has two amazing children with. After her full time job, she reads books, plays video games, and wat ...more

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“I didn’t care if my ship sank or all the treasures I keep in it because you are my greatest and only treasure and without you I am the poorest pirate alive. I love you, Tilia.” 1 likes
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