The Search for Aveline
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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:
Technical stuff: 3/10
Diversity: FIVE BILLIONS/10
(Note that not all points have the same weight in my ey ...more
No matter how many shit mer-people books I read I will continue to fish for the amazing stories of my people ;) ...more
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*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
At first I thought this was a novel, so I was a bit surp ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
Though I write mostly fantasy and romance, my first and main love will always be horror. A few years ago, my grade-scho ...more