The Ship of Shadows
Aleja whiles away her days in her family's dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she's only ever read about in books. After all, she's always being told that girls can't be explorers.
But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of...more
*Rated 4.5/5 stars
Despite being a new middle grade book, this book somehow hit me with all the nostalgia. It felt like one of the children's TV adventure shows I used to watch, with kids trying to complete some kind of heist before their time ran out. It was action-packed, full of high stakes and lighthearted banter, and was genuinely just a joy to read.
I loved following this all-female pirate cre ...more
Aleja has always dreamed of being an explorer, so when the fabled Ship of Shadows docks in her home town, she is suddenly whisked away on an adventure across the high seas! Aleja joins an all-female crew aboard the ship, soon finding herself on a quest that will push her to her limits. With lost cities, krakens and cut-throat pirates galore, this middle grade fantasy adventure is PERFECT for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean an ...more
Pirates, ghosts, kraken, and treasures - a sea adventure alluring with thrills, sure to sweep young readers off their seats and into mysterious, exotic lands laced with secrets to explore and captivate.
Aleja has always dreamed of adventure. When she spends time on the rooftops of Seville, Spain looking over the market and out onto the horizon over the ocean, she imagines traveling to far and distant lands, something girls don't ever get to do.
“Poor Aleja, she’d captain a ship ...more
The only way to describe this book is fun. Because it is so fun. Aleja has dreamed of being an explorer her whole life, reading every book she can find in her town's library. When she's accused of stealing she finds herself escaping onto a Pirate ship crewed by women, and starts solving a years old mystery.
This had such feminist Pirates Of The Caribbean vibes. There's a magical shi ...more
This MG fantasy adventure is so cozy and magical and full of absolute delight. I loved the e-ARC I got to read, and I've preordered the paperback edition to cherish and re-read with my kids! This book will resonate with every kid or adul ...more
Wow wow wow, this book, this book! I absolutely adored this one. If you're a fan of pirate book, especially pirates of the caribbean, you will enjoy this one a ton!
I was ingrossed in the story since page one, and that feeling didn't stop until the last one.
Aleja always wanted to see the world, all her life she's been told that girls can't do that, she joins an adventure all on her own and well - a fantastic crew of all female pirates that you won ...more
I WANT MORE! 🥰🖤
Okay, so what have we got here? Magic, pirate women, in fact – a pirate ship with an all-women crew (well, aside from a ghost and an owl), a brilliant library within said pirate ship, adventure and hidden mysterious treasures!! And a girl who gets told that “girls don’t go on adventures” and “girls can’t do anything”, when it’s painfully clear she will kick everyone’s butt by the end of this book. Okay, maybe by ...more
Thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads, Puffin Books, and the author for sending me a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
We’re all readers here, I assume. You know that feeling when you become so engrossed in a book that everything else ceases to exist except the world of the book? That moment when you forsake basic needs like sleep and food becau ...more
Many thanks to The Write Reads and Penguin for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review and for inclusion on this blog tour.
Pirates = Good.
Female pirates = Great.
A whole magic ship full of female pirates = Must read.
Ship of Shadows is a charming, cozy adventure filled with both heart and danger. It’ll transport the reader to far-away countries, across dangerous seas, and all with the comfort of some charming female bon ...more
When I first saw this cover and read the blurb, I knew I needed to read this book. I've been reading a lot of middle grade books lately, and I adore books with pirates, adventures, hidden treasures, etc, so it was sure to be a great ...more
Aleja is an excellent main character, who you really grow to love throughout the book. She is strong, adventurous, and truly a great friend. She isn’t afraid of a little danger, and will put herself in harms way to help those that she cares about. I certainly think we can all relat ...more
One night she discovers the fabled Ship of Shadows is not only real, but actually docked in her city. Aleja can't believe it when s ...more
Well, buckle my swash! Wow, this book is fun! Adventure, piracy, and a fair bit of mystery made this an enjoyable romp full of nonstop excitement. I can tell you with absolute surety that all of the excitement surrounding The Ship of Shadows is well deserved.
Aleja is a wonderful main character. She loves books and adventure, and is incredibly smart. While she wishes she fit in mor ...more
The characters are so well written and I love that they are all badass women,especially because they are so well rounded. I particularly relate to Aleja because I too love reading all about adventures and listing after one of my own.
The plot too is well paced and it never felt like it was lagging or moving too quickly. It was just right, like the lore for the mag ...more
A pirate filled adventure story that spreads across Spain, the ocean, and Morocco. I was invested straight away and loved Aleja as a character. She was so amazing! The ship of shadows was so fascinating and full of magic and wonders. Also, a pirate ship with a library - what could be better?
This was full of great female characters who were so strong and I loved the bonds of friendship between them! So much happened and I really hope there is a ...more
Thank you to Puffin for the early copy and I AM SO PROUD OF MY BEST FRIEND FOR WRITING THIS MAGICAL ...more
Aleja loves everything books and has been reading about adventures since she was young. Who would've thought she'd end up being on a magical pirate ship with an all-female crew. I loved seeing this h ...more
Gorgeous settings, plenty of action and kickass characters, The Ship of Shadows is a wonderful, fun, enchanting read. Whether Aleja is at home in her fathers tavern, exploring a magic ship or riding a camel through the desert, Kuzniar’s rich descriptive writing pulls you into the story and brings this world and time to life. I absolutely loved it all.
Every character was superbly put together, each with their own voice. I loved the clothing descriptions, the o ...more
Aleja finds herself in the infamous ship of shadows. Now this ship is really fantastic. It has libraries (yes!), resident ghosts, secrets, and playful shadows. The ship is headed by Captain Quint who upholds the 'steal from rich' Robin Hood ideals. I also loved the shadowless, badass Malika and loveable ...more