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The Search for Aveline

(Sink or Swim #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Captain Harriet "Harry" Roberts and the daring crew of The Sappho are not for the faint of heart. A ship of strays unlike any other, they're not afraid to face whatever the world throws at them—be it mermaids, kidnappings, sirens, plague, clashes with their mortal enemy Captain Wrath Drew of The Charon, a handsome merman, or good old-fashioned love. ...more
Published February 1st 2017 by Less Than Three Press
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Mar 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Casey by: Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
Because I intend to continue my search for a mer-book that doesn't suck.

*fingers crossed*
I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

This book is really hard for me to rate. I’ve settled on the rating I feel represents my feelings the most, but I’m going to try and rate things separately because I feel like it’s necessary:

Enjoyment: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Plot what plot?: 4/10
Technical stuff: 3/10
Writing: 7/10
Romance: 7/10
Diversity: FIVE BILLIONS/10

(Note that not all points have the same weight in my ey
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Mar 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
Shelves: fans-of-fins

No matter how many shit mer-people books I read I will continue to fish for the amazing stories of my people ;)
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Mar 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ by: Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Because mer-people.
RoAnna Sylver
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gems, reviews
His aura was ocean-blue, bright as the sunlight through water in some places, and in others, melding with the deep blue-black of the inlet where she rested. It was a calming, gentle color, but the ocean could be terrifying, too: how well did she know that now?

* * *

*Yo-ho-hooooooly shit, this is good.*

...That's what I said when I wrote a quick placeholder review, and I stand by it. If you like super diverse casts, mostly ladies (and one super-sweet merman), all with their own backstories and iss
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the fantasy on this book. I wouldn't consider it a romance per sei. It was more adventure in my opinion with the various characters falling in love in the course of the story. Maybe the fact that there were so many couples (mf, ff, mm) diluted the romance too much.
The story was nice and I enjoyed all the characters on the Sappho. Mermaids, mermen, fae and other creatures interact with the humans on this very special pirate ship with a crew of mostly women with the most diverse backgrou
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It helps if you think of this not so much as novel but rather as a series of non-linear vignettes with shared characters. The authors of this book treat the idea that every scene should serve a larger plot with some level of derision, and we jump randomly between different scenes at different points in time with no warning. But like I said, if you forget what a novel is supposed to look like, it's really rather fun. The characters are vibrant and come in all shapes, races and sexualities. It's a ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
2.5 stars. Full video review on my YouTube channel!
I actually found this book super enjoyable, if only it didn't feel so all over the place.

This book had lots of diversity and it was enjoyable to read about all the different characters, how they ended up being part of The Sappho's crew and how their every day life on the ship looks. There were bisexual, homosexual and asexual characters in this book. I loved that while the society (as it is very historical) was pretty heteronormative overall, mo
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I went into this story with only the description to guide me. I liked it because how often have I read a book with a female pirate, much less one that is the captain of her own ship? What I found was so much more than one strong female lead in the form of Captain Harriet "Harry" Roberts. I found an entire family, brought together by chance or by choice, that embraced who they were better than any fictional representation I've seen thus far.

At first I thought this was a novel, so I was a bit surp
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Sink or Swim: The Search for Aveline
1) A fun mix of LGBTQ characters and quasi-historical paranormal pirate adventure, with a few more serious themes given attention, but not angst.
2) Well crafted descriptions. Witty, snappy dialogue. Perfectly timed jokes and double entendres. Evocative and engaging writing style. Swift pace with tight scenes. An intriguing ensemble cast of characters. Was this the best pirate adventure with romance elements I've read? No
Dane CC
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the characters and the little snippets and scenes. It made it very easy to pick up and put down or go back and read just my favorite characters without feeling like I was missing anything or jumping into the middle of some big plot. A general feel-good kind of read that I really appreciate and know I’ll go back to. My only complaint is that I wish that the scenes were dated. The out-of-order wouldn’t be as confusing sometimes if there were clear dates so I would know if it was bef ...more
Susan Laine
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well crafted descriptions. Witty, snappy dialogue. Perfectly timed jokes and double entendres. Evocative and engaging writing style. Swift pace with tight scenes. An intriguing ensemble cast of characters. Was this the best pirate adventure with romance elements I've read? No. But it's pretty damn good. Like I mentioned, there is no one particular main couple, but several pairings form along the way. Lesbian, gay, straight, so be forewarned. Backstories are given, and we learn enough about every ...more
Karen Evans
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book doesn't hold back when it comes to having fun, and when your story is about pirates and mermaids, there's a lot of fun to be had. The characters pull you in quickly, and the snappy pace and undeniable style of the stories make this nearly impossible to put down. Wonderful work!
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were so many characters and I adored each one! Very sweet
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: qr
A little too causally racist for my tastes........ I'm not sure if it's just mere bad writing though. ...more
Sameena Jehanzeb
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, diversity, fantasy
Hier kommt das Buch für alle die The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet mit Freude weginhaliert haben, ihre Füße aber auch gerne auf dem Erdball lassen wollen. Sink or Swim – The Search for Aveline mag in der Gliederung und Ausarbeitung nicht ganz so perfekt geschliffen sein, aber ich muss sagen, es hat mir dafür in anderen Bereichen noch besser gefallen als die Weltraum Utopie. Es gibt gewisse Parallelen was die Diversität, Gleichberechtigung und die Beziehungen zwischen Menschen aller Art, aber ...more
Finn Longman
This book featured a diverse, interesting set of characters thrown together by circumstance and the soft heart of a pirate captain. Unfortunately, it didn't feature a plot to match.

Look, if you want a series of enjoyable vignettes about a group of mostly queer pirates with hearts of gold, many of them fleeing their past but others just in it for the adventure... well, this book's got that. But a series of vignettes is all you're going to get. This book is episodic to the point where even the 'se
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free advanced copy of this book through NetGalley

I actually spent like half an hour trying to find this book on goodreads because the cover made me think the title was Sink or Swim. Whoops. Other than that bit of confusion, I really enjoyed The Search for Aveline. While the plot wasn't immediately apparent and having such a large cast of characters introduce all at once was a little confusing, once I got into the rhythm of the book and figured out that there were some time and spac

Kristel (hungryandhappy)
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

I don’t know where to start because I’m a little bit confused. I liked this book, I really did, but it felt like a “get to know the characters” because the plot was often forgotten. There aren’t twists or unnecessary drama, the characters are introduced through flashbacks and sometimes there are time jumps. It takes only a moment at the beginning of the chapter to understand where and when you are so that you can appreciate the story that’s being to
Becky -  Pug and Books
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
The Search for Aveline by Stephanie Rabig and Angie Bee

Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars

Format: ebook galley

Summary: A series of vignettes about the crew of The Sappho, captained by Captain Harriet "Harry" Roberts, the ship searches for her lost sister Aveline.

Review: I received an advanced galley copy of this book for review via NetGalley.

This book is epically diverse. There are so many different characters with different races, religions, sexualities, disabilities, etc. The name of the ship made
I received an arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

dnf @ 18%

I didn't hate this book by any means but I couldn't get into it. I think pirate books aren't my thing and the writing didn't grip me but if you like pirate books you'd probably enjoy this.
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I'm sad to say this but I couldn't finish this one. Loved the idea and the start but it soon turned into a mess. Too many characters and random flash backs telling their stories. If this was condensed down and focused on fewer characters then I know this would be a 4/5 star book for me. ...more
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
Jan 16, 2017 marked it as out-of-print-and-or-mega-expensive
the ship is called Sappho so not having many gay/bi/etc. characters would be an actual Crime do not let me down plz
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing was very smooth which made this read-able. What really through it off was that there are legit, prolly over 40 named characters in this story. With that many, very very few are fleshed out to where I could care about them. There's fantastical creatures like mermen and fae and sirens but there really isn't a plot. It's every 40 character's origin stories loosely linked together. All the LGBT variances and characters were great to read about, and I have zero complaints about any of tha ...more
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rated it it was ok
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