Seafire (Seafire, #1)
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Seafire (Seafire, #1) Details

TitleSeafire (Seafire, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherRazorbill
ISBN-139780451478801
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt, Adventure, Pirates

Seafire (Seafire, #1) Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this cover is even more beautiful in person than it is on paper oh my god
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    Is 2018 going to be the year of pirate books? Because you would not hear me complaining nope not me no way
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    "Follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a corrupt warlord's powerful fleet"OMG YES.
  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, the only disappointing part of this book was the fact that I expected so much more gayness. (There is a sapphic side couple, though!) And I love it. (I thought this would be a sapphic pirate book though.) Also look at me finally writing a review on Goodreads!! Is this a milestone or whatAnyways, this book is set in a world where this guy, Aric, runs entire fleets of men called Bullets and also fleets of women but I forgot what they are called, so anyways he controls them by drugging th Honestly, the only disappointing part of this book was the fact that I expected so much more gayness. (There is a sapphic side couple, though!) And I love it. (I thought this would be a sapphic pirate book though.) Also look at me finally writing a review on Goodreads!! Is this a milestone or whatAnyways, this book is set in a world where this guy, Aric, runs entire fleets of men called Bullets and also fleets of women but I forgot what they are called, so anyways he controls them by drugging them with Silt, something that basically runs through their blood and gets them addicted. This about an all-female ship led by Caledonia Styx, whose entire family was basically killed because she didn’t kill a Bullet, so she now has a neverending hatred of all Bullets. I feel like if you enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King you'll enjoy this one because same vibes!!Kiersten White, Julie Murphy, and Dhonielle Clayton blurbed this what else is there so sayBut besides the unfortunate lack of gayness, the beginning was interesting, but a bit slow. However, during the last 50% it gets from 0 to 100 real quick. (I just think that we should pray that in the sequel more sapphic pirates are introduced because yes.)⟶ characters 🌊I think these were my favorite part of the story. Caledonia was the main character who is supposed to be the leader but literally everything in her life is falling apart, including her friends and her ship and just I think that’s a metaphorical definition of me? She’s literally the definition of a “mom friend” and she’s so loved by her ship and I just. I FEEL THE WARMTH OF ALL OF THEIR LOVE. Hime is the tiny girl who whenever she stands up everyone immediately screams at her to sit back down she needs to be protected!!!! And that’s literally my definition of her I love her so much. She also uses sign language to communicate with others and was formerly a “Bullet (the female version)” and she’s lowkey traumatized from it and I just!!!! Have so many fuzzy feelings for her. Did I mention she’s sapphic because that triples my love for her x9,000. Pisces is the definition of Your Annoying Sister but Caledonia still loves her for it even though they fight 24/7 throughout this novel. She’s Caledonia’s oldest friend and was there when their entire family basically was massacred and she helped rebuild their fleet and their friendship is SO STRONG and so REALISTIC and I just love the altogether girl-on-girl love and feminism in this book!! (Also she’s a poc and brown-skinned!!!)Oran is the only main male character in this story and he’s the only male I condone. He’s also a former Bullet (just like Hime) and he’s basically captured in a ship for like. A while but he still survives and retains his witty and clever personality I’m half in love with him!! His personality doesn’t really show until like the last 25% percent of the book because. He’s like gagged the first 75% but it’s ok!!! We love him anyways!!! ⟶ setting 🌊I love stories that are mainly set in the sea. Our characters travel for like 100% of the book and I know that a lot of people hate travelling stories but pls stay and setting is magical and gorgeous and all in all worth it!!!We basically stay on the ship for most of this, since this is pretty character-driven but there’s Cloudbreak, which is basically this merchant’s place and it’s messy and we love a confusing trading center!!! Then there’s the Slagger’s village, which is a self-sustaining scavengering village that live in a swamp-like area and this book needs a map thanks. ⟶ relationships 🌊Caledonia and Oran are honestly a power couple because Caledonia is this fierce feminist girl and Oran is highkey afraid of her and metaphorically speaking, if Caledonia and Oran were lights Oran would dim himself for Caledonia because for some reason I like turning the characters into lights. But anyways, their relationship is a slowburn and basically enemies-to-lovers-except-not-really-enemies and it’s just about Caledonia learning to be more trustful of former Bullets and trusting Oran and Oran being magical and amazing and I love them both. HIME AND AMINA ARE SUCH A CUTE SAPPHIC COUPLE THEY ARE ICONIC AND LITERALLY HIME COULD BE PENT UP WITH ANGER BUT AMINA WOULD LITERALLY JUST STEP WITHIN FIVE FEET OF HER AND HIME WOULD CALM DOWN. THAT’S LITERALLY ONE OF THE SCENES IN THE NOVEL. I would die for Amina and Hime to be together and watching their relationship felt like that warm feeling in your stomach when you drink hot chocolate!!⟶ conclusion 🌊I think we’ve all realized that this book is amazing and feminist and fierce and also that I deserve a star for putting so much effort into a goodreads review.also here are some sapphic pirate books⇀ These Rebel Waves⇀ The Abyss Surrounds Us⇀ The Unbinding of Mary ReadeI wasn't ready for that ending!!! 🌊
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  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    listen. I doubt there would ever be a time I don't want to read about sapphic piratesye boy sign me up
  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    My beautiful, badass, rebel pirate babes <3
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    "All-female ship":)Okay but do we know if this is actually sapphic or
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    every new sapphic book abt pirates adds 7 years to my lesbian life span,,,, my goal is to become immortal this year
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a ride! This crew of fierce ladies is what I've been wanting in a sea adventure! The friendships, the stakes and the twists were all so satisfying and well-told. I'm DESPERATE for more with that ending. What are you doing to me, Natalie C. Parker?!A must-read fantasy adventure
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Seafire is a really, good, strong start to this series. The story started out with a "bang". The main protagonist, Caledonia is a strong leader. Not just because of her being the captain of her own ship but because she displays it with her actions and emotions as well. I loved that this book featured an all female ship crew. Usually, the stories feature male captains. Caledonia shows that females can be just as ruthless and capable of managing their own ships. However, this is not the only facto Seafire is a really, good, strong start to this series. The story started out with a "bang". The main protagonist, Caledonia is a strong leader. Not just because of her being the captain of her own ship but because she displays it with her actions and emotions as well. I loved that this book featured an all female ship crew. Usually, the stories feature male captains. Caledonia shows that females can be just as ruthless and capable of managing their own ships. However, this is not the only factor that made this book great. The storyline is a good one and there is plenty of action. I can't wait to continue sailing the high seas with Caledonia and her crew to see how this adventure continues. There will be a big battle.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    🎶 hey now, hey now, this is what my sapphic pirate dreaaaams are made of 🎶
  • Lulu (the library leopard)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm ready for lady pirates to become the new YA phenomenon. Yes, please.
  • Shelflove
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t even remember adding this to my TBR list, but this cover reveal is gorgeous. And the synopsis? An all female crew with plans to take down a warlord that ruined their lives? Yup, I’m here for it 🙌Seriously though I’m pretty sure pirates is becoming the newest YA trend and I’m down with that.
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  • Carina Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    I simply could not resist reading this gorgeous book when I had the chance to read and review it early. When I got it in the mail, I had to start it right away. And I'm glad I did so. Because Seafire was an amazing book. Not perfect, but so awesome. The ending is pretty rude, however. Very glad that this series will be a trilogy.Yet how I'm going to manage waiting for the next two books I do not know. The ending isn't that bad, but oh, how I need to know what happens next. I found this book to b I simply could not resist reading this gorgeous book when I had the chance to read and review it early. When I got it in the mail, I had to start it right away. And I'm glad I did so. Because Seafire was an amazing book. Not perfect, but so awesome. The ending is pretty rude, however. Very glad that this series will be a trilogy.Yet how I'm going to manage waiting for the next two books I do not know. The ending isn't that bad, but oh, how I need to know what happens next. I found this book to be so good. Beginning was a little bit slow, and I ended up loving the last half the most. The writing, however, was excellent from the beginning to end.This book tells the story about eighteen year old Caledonia. It begins by sharing what happened four years earlier, when she and her best friend, Pisces, went to a small island on a supply run. While there, their ship was attacked and their families were killed. They both lost everything that night. And it was pretty sad to read about. Yet written well and I loved it. That night changed Caledonia so much, as she feels blame for the deaths of them all. She has reason to feel blame, and she has not yet shared that with Pisces. They have spent the last years rebuilding the ship that was attacked, and gathering their own crew to run it. A crew of just over fifty girls. No boys on this ship. Getting to know these characters and their stories were all kinds of interesting.And I couldn't help but adore them all. I feel pretty sure that this book takes place in the future. There is mentions of this world, and why almost everything is happening on the water. But the details were a bit too few, and I really wish there had been more about this world and why it was this way. I was so curious and want to know all of it. Because these ships are not like regular pirate ships. Most of them do not run on sails, but by other means. And that was pretty interesting to read about. I liked this world a whole lot.Caledonia is the captain of her ship. Pisces is her best friend and second in command. They have a crew of more than fifty girls, girls that they have saved and girls that have joined them because they wanted to. They sail the sea looking for revenge. Their families were killed by the lord of the sea, Aric. And his army of Bullets. Men and boys fighting for him, addicted to some kind of flower drug. We do not get to see Aric in this book, but gosh, he seemed like such a horrible man. And the worst leader possible. A good villain.Most of this book takes place on Caledonia's ship, and so we get to know some of her crew really well. I very much adored Caledonia. She was fierce and rude and pretty awesome too. I wish she had been a bit less brutal at first, towards a certain boy. But I did like her even so. Getting to know her was the best. Her best friend, Pisces, was amazing too. They are such great friends. Sisters. And I adored getting to know them both and learning more about them. They argued and stuck together and it was written really well.We do not get to read about all of the crew, but a few of them are there a lot. Amina and Redtooth and Hime and Lace. Those four girls were so awesome and I very much liked reading about them. I loved how close they all were. How they fought together, and how they were all one big family. This book focus a lot on female friendships. And I liked that a lot. But, well, I love reading about girls and boys, and so I was missing boys a lot. I cannot help it, lol. Reading about all girls grew to be a little bit tiresome for me. But there is one boy in this book. I'm not going to talk too much about the plot. I'm only mentioning that Caledonia and her crew is sailing the sea hunting down Bullets and ruining their ships. They are fighting and just being awesome. And while doing this at the beginning of the book, Pisces gets caught. But she is saved by a Bullet boy. Caledonia very much wants him dead. But he is saved, and is their prisoner for almost all of the book. It was heartbreaking to read about, to be honest. A little cruel too, if I may say so.I very much liked reading about this boy. It takes some time, but he finally gets a name. Oran. And I very much loved him and adored getting to know him. Caledonia does not trust him one bit. And she is cruel towards him for so long. I did not approve. But near the end, she gets better, finally. And I started shipping them so much. And I am very sure that is the romance that will be in this trilogy. Because of feelings. And I very much approve, because they would be so very awesome together. Hope that it will happen for sure.Will not share much more about this book. The plot is exciting, and there is a lot happening in this book. I'm giving it a four star because I felt that it could have been a little better at times. But it was also so good and I am very happy about this book. But I'm also feeling a bit conflicted, because this author has blocked me on twitter, and I do not know why. But I still chose to read her book. And I still enjoyed it. Authors are not their books. Anyway. I think that you would all enjoy Seafire a whole lot as well. Go order it right now.I have to mention something. I saw a lot of people on goodreads wanting to read this book because they think it will be gay. And I have to let you all know that it is not gay. Not at all. Sure, it is a crew of over fifty girls. But not once is it mentioned if any of them are together. The main character is not gay. Just felt like I should mention this, in case anyone wanted to know, so that they do not get disappointed by this book, if they go into it hoping for romance that is not there. Personally just about only read boy-girl books, though.There is so much I could have shared about this book, but my words have failed me. Seafire was such an incredible beginning to a trilogy. And I cannot wait to see how it all ends. Full of adventure and sisterhood and amazing characters. I am glad that I read this book. A little sad that I did not love it, but it was a great book. And I shall treasure it, always. Huge thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending me the free ARC copy of this book to read and review. Can't wait to own the stunning hardcover of it too.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.no/2018/0...
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 starsBook #1 finished for the BooktubeathonWhile I was excited to get into this book I think I had my expectations way too high and was left a little disappointed at this story (not that it's a bad story it is FAR from being bad). It has so many factors I love like the action and the loyalty that comes with pirate books but I was looking for a little more. I loved getting to see this story through our main character, I loved the all female ship (although I hope we get to see even more of the 4/5 starsBook #1 finished for the BooktubeathonWhile I was excited to get into this book I think I had my expectations way too high and was left a little disappointed at this story (not that it's a bad story it is FAR from being bad). It has so many factors I love like the action and the loyalty that comes with pirate books but I was looking for a little more. I loved getting to see this story through our main character, I loved the all female ship (although I hope we get to see even more of the females), and loved getting to see all the characters interactions and relationships! While I enjoyed the plot, certain details about the world I felt weren't explained well enough for me to completely emerge myself in the story. THE ENDING had me definitely wanting more, and I will totally be picking up the sequel whenever it does come out!***I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Katherine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This book about a ship full of fierce, brave, loyal women ready to take on any battle on the high seas, is definitely an adventure with a strong girl-power message (as promised). Captain Caledonia Styx takes charge of the ship Mors Navis after losing her family to a corrupt and vicious warlord, Aric Athair, and his fleet of ships who he fills with ‘Bullets’, boys and men who he doses up with the drug Silt. Caledonia vows to avenge her loss, and all those of her ‘sisters’, and leads them on missi This book about a ship full of fierce, brave, loyal women ready to take on any battle on the high seas, is definitely an adventure with a strong girl-power message (as promised). Captain Caledonia Styx takes charge of the ship Mors Navis after losing her family to a corrupt and vicious warlord, Aric Athair, and his fleet of ships who he fills with ‘Bullets’, boys and men who he doses up with the drug Silt. Caledonia vows to avenge her loss, and all those of her ‘sisters’, and leads them on mission to find her two brothers, who she finds are still alive (and also now Bullets), after capturing one ‘boy’ called Orna. The characters on the Mors Navis are tight friends and fighters, loyal to the end, and they are all written with fascinating idiosyncrasies (and names!). What is so great about this book in general is that this is a story about family, friendships, the importance of bonds and loyalty, and how that carries these self-professed sisters through such adversity together.Parker has written the book with a lot of sailing lingo (I just read that she grew up in a Navy family), so that took a bit of getting adjusted to, but is totally necessary for it to feel authentic. It’s interesting that she has chosen to have the book read as though it’s in some sort of past, but it’s written with talk of the ‘Old World’ and there is some interesting tech, ie the electromagnetic field around the Bullet ship.The conflict that Caledonia has within herself, that makes her so hardened, is most interesting; I struggled with it a little though, in connecting with her, but it would be appropriate since that’s how it would be in reality. Other characters are also just as fascinating, and Parker will hopefully develop these further when this adventure continues. The pacing was a bit slow in parts, but when I think about that, I think about how the crew has to actually wait as they sail on the high seas, and would spend time preparing to reach their next port or venture. Overall, this is an exciting take on a sea adventure, and I expect the reader will end up gunning for the crew of Mors Navis like I did. And unsurprisingly, the ending has left the reader with a major cliffhanger.
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for this empowering and ferocious fantasyThis was such a fierce, empowering read! Seafire will satisfy all your feminist dreams as we follow Captain Caledonia and her crew of women to defeat an evil dictator who has killed off many a person to fuel his own path of conquering the seas - people including Caledonia’s family. I came into it looking for a stunning crew of sisters whose bonds cannot be broken, and that’s exactly what I got. From the quiet ways of Lovely Hime to the ocean-lov 4.5 stars for this empowering and ferocious fantasyThis was such a fierce, empowering read! Seafire will satisfy all your feminist dreams as we follow Captain Caledonia and her crew of women to defeat an evil dictator who has killed off many a person to fuel his own path of conquering the seas - people including Caledonia’s family. I came into it looking for a stunning crew of sisters whose bonds cannot be broken, and that’s exactly what I got. From the quiet ways of Lovely Hime to the ocean-loving Pisces, every girl in Caledonia’s ship gained a spot in my heart. I highly urge fantasy and adventure-lovers to pick up this one, and join the battle for justice with these empowering girls and their passionate dreams! "I cannot do much for you, Captain, but I can do this. Take your ship, take your crew, and prove to that man that he has not quelled all of us. Prove that there is a fire on these seas he cannot contain."
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  • Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Caledonia. When her loved ones are in danger or captured she doesn’t tear the world apart to get them back. She doesn’t irrationally explode and let her emotions carry her actions. She fights her instincts to go after and retrieve her loved ones and she makes that hard decision because she has over 50 girls who rely on her as their Captain. She won’t endanger the lives of everyone for the life of one no matter how deeply she loves that person.She’s smart and considers the full I absolutely love Caledonia. When her loved ones are in danger or captured she doesn’t tear the world apart to get them back. She doesn’t irrationally explode and let her emotions carry her actions. She fights her instincts to go after and retrieve her loved ones and she makes that hard decision because she has over 50 girls who rely on her as their Captain. She won’t endanger the lives of everyone for the life of one no matter how deeply she loves that person.She’s smart and considers the full range of options of actions and consequences. While she claims she’s closed off her heart to become stone, she’s quite considerate of other people’s opinions and feelings but also isn’t afraid to say no.She definitely has her flaws. She’s responsible for a massive crew of girls and that pressure weighs on her. She has a dark secret that eats away at her ability to completely trust others in a healthy way. Often times she makes stubborn questionable calls. But Pisces grounds her and calls her out when Cala most needs it to see reason. Cala isn’t so stubborn that it becomes an unbearable trait but rather her stubbornness is an understandable flaw that she tries to work through.I love that none of the girls are afraid to put the other in their place. It’s never a battle for power and control but rather about pushing the other to reevaluate their actions and choices.So this circles back to the novel itself. I loved that this novel was so female centric. It’s wonderful to see a group of women who support and care for one another despite their varying personalities and differences in opinions. I hate novels that pit females against each other. Definitely a female empowerment novel.This novel itself was action packed and fast paced. The writing had a lovely flow and ease to it which made reading very enjoyable.It is smart and thoughtfully written when it comes to the relationships between the girlsOne of my favorite lines:“Amina stood silently at her side, offering neighbor comfort not censure. She watched the captain with her steady, dark eyes. Witnessing but not judging. For some undefinable reason, it was a relief to be heard and not challenged or calmed. It was a relief to let her failure feel like failure.”And of course, this book did something I’ve not seen before: represent sign language speakers as a norm and not a disability. When they come across Hime who speaks sign it was “we weren’t familiar with her language but eventually everyone on the ship learned.” Yep. That’s bloody amazing.
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  • Sarah Henning
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie C. Parker's SEAFIRE is girl power in every sense of the phrase. Captain Caledonia Styx and her crew are brutal, tough, loyal, loving, dedicated, battle-worn sisters of the chosen kind. They are heroes trying to dismantle the empire of a self-made king and they do it with such confidence and swagger because the details are never glossed over. During every battle, fight, strategy session and escape, Parker's writing puts you right there, with Caledonia, making hard decisions to do right by Natalie C. Parker's SEAFIRE is girl power in every sense of the phrase. Captain Caledonia Styx and her crew are brutal, tough, loyal, loving, dedicated, battle-worn sisters of the chosen kind. They are heroes trying to dismantle the empire of a self-made king and they do it with such confidence and swagger because the details are never glossed over. During every battle, fight, strategy session and escape, Parker's writing puts you right there, with Caledonia, making hard decisions to do right by her crew no matter the impossible options. And, like the best kind of thrillers, this book starts with a foot on the gas and NEVER lets up—the comparisons to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD are spot-on. I absolutely loved it.
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    HELLO YES IS THIS THE POLICE? AH YES I WANNA REPORT A CRIME! I DON'T HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS YET??? SO LIKE??? WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT??
  • Tati Dengo
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader's Copy through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.---THIIIS is the kind of book that my 12-year old self needed, especially during that little cusp where you're still a little child but are starting to gain conscience of all the crappy demands, contradictions and double standards that society slaps upon women. One of those is this asinine need for competition that we're taught to have against other girls. We are expected to not just be p I received an Advance Reader's Copy through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.---THIIIS is the kind of book that my 12-year old self needed, especially during that little cusp where you're still a little child but are starting to gain conscience of all the crappy demands, contradictions and double standards that society slaps upon women. One of those is this asinine need for competition that we're taught to have against other girls. We are expected to not just be pretty, but also be absolutely gorgeous, yet we can't be too gorgeous because we also have to be smart and don't want to seem dumb, but we shouldn't be smart without also being pretty because pretty is priority number one, and if you'd rather be strong, you can't be "too butch" about it, plus a million other unproductive, soul-decaying demands that only serve to cause resentment and competition amongst women who are trying to be all of these things at once. In Seafire, we have a ship full of girls whose minds don't even cross through those dark waters EVEN ONCE and it is SO liberating and quite refreshing to read. It is an excellent example not just for girls but for PEOPLE everywhere, and one that I hope spreads with books like this one. The story has Caledonia Styx and her crew aboard the Mors Navis, on a personal mission across the sea, as they also race from the bounty that's been placed on their heads. The ship's crew works together as the limbs on one's body, each one depending on the others to move forward. So there is NO space for any of that competition-borne resentment amongst these girls, and in exchange, they practice plenty of healthy, MATURE, and productive feelings such as: understanding, forgiveness, compassion, and open vulnerability without shame. Their lives are TOUGH, YES, but NOBODY is expected to "just suck it up" or to "just deal with it." They are SISTERS who share their strengths, and who pick each other up, especially when someone else needs it the most. Without this stunning display of sorority, they wouldn't be alive. This level of sisterhood and girls having each other's backs is a concept that I would have loved to grow up with, so it excites me that right now there's a new generation of girls that can read this book and hopefully get a chance to practice more of this in real life. Seafire also includes a very diverse cast of characters (something that is thankfully becoming more commonplace in 2018), which even includes a mute character whose signs everyone is able to interpret. The story is very-fast paced and action-packed. Every chapter ends at just the right point where you want to keep reading past your bedtime. The book does end in a cliffhanger, but it's not too terrible. You can kind of guess what happened, you just don't know how, or where it's leading. So I'm really looking forward to the sequel!Highly recommended! p.s. I hope a lot of young boys read this too. There is no reason why they couldn't enjoy this story as well.
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    Realized I forgot to mark this as finished!
  • Katherine Locke
    January 1, 1970
    I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I NEED BOOK 2 ASAP. OMG.
  • Livy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. As a general rule, I'm not a fan of pirate stories. I've never watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (gasp!), and I usually lose interest whenever I see a book pitched as anything "pirate"-esque. It's just not a sub-genre that calls to me. Seafire, however, totally caught me off guard. I started it late at night and found, to my dawning horror, that I could not put it down. Natalie C. Parker's writing is vivid and absolutely captivating, without being flowery. The main character 3.5 stars. As a general rule, I'm not a fan of pirate stories. I've never watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (gasp!), and I usually lose interest whenever I see a book pitched as anything "pirate"-esque. It's just not a sub-genre that calls to me. Seafire, however, totally caught me off guard. I started it late at night and found, to my dawning horror, that I could not put it down. Natalie C. Parker's writing is vivid and absolutely captivating, without being flowery. The main character, Caledonia, is flawed, and frustrated me at numerous points, but not in a way that put me off. She was level-headed and her prejudice toward the Bullets was grounded, which only left me more eager to see her perspective grow.Female friendship and girl power was a crucial element in this book, but it was done in a way I really appreciated. Instead of feeling preachy, or just consisting of "rah-rah" lines with little substance, Seafire actually introduced me to girls who stood by each other and showed strength, instead of just telling me they were strong. I feel like the girl who charges into situations with a tough-girl attitude and no regret is an often mis-construed character trope. Caledonia is certainly tough, but this book doesn't gloss over or idealize the less admirable sides of her personality. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated this, because it made her moments of vulnerability even more powerful.Plot-wise, I could picture everything that was happening in my mind. The world and the "sailor talk" was well-constructed, and the relationship in this book. I am so here for it. It was subtle and angst-ridden and I'm just 100% on-board. So congratulations to Natalie for writing the pirate book that hooked my attention and finally changed my mind!
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  • ♠️ Tabi = 타비 ♠️
    January 1, 1970
  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks4.5 stars ✨ARC provided by the publisher.This year, we are blessed with so many female seafaring books, and this might have been one of my favorites. A crew of fierce, loyal women determined to take down a dangerous warlord? Uh, YES PLEASE. Seafire was everything I could have hoped for, and more.One of the things that appealed to be about this book was the inclusion of more modern technology and weaponry. It really made Seafire stand out more from all THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks4.5 stars ✨ARC provided by the publisher.This year, we are blessed with so many female seafaring books, and this might have been one of my favorites. A crew of fierce, loyal women determined to take down a dangerous warlord? Uh, YES PLEASE. Seafire was everything I could have hoped for, and more.One of the things that appealed to be about this book was the inclusion of more modern technology and weaponry. It really made Seafire stand out more from all the other high-seas fantasies I’ve read. The book is very fast-paced and plot-driven, and this emphasis on the story’s action and the sisterhood of the crew pays out creates a book full of fantastic storytelling. There was also almost no romance at all, and what little there was could probably only fill a page or two of the book. The love interest actually was totally unexpected (by me at least), but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the development! She shouted, “In a storm of Bullets, who do we trust?”Their voices spiraled together, rising up like the early morning sun. “Our sisters!”With a grin, she finished the call. “We fight together!”And they responded, “Or not at all! The book’s strength comes in the form of its characters and their relationships with each other. In addition to our bold captain, Caledonia, there are so many other characters to root for: lovely Hime, relentless Redtooth, dependable Amina, and the always fearless Pisces. The unbreakable bonds and unwavering respect that is present between each member of the Mors Navis crew was such a delight to read. Seafire was an enthralling story full of adventure, courage, vengeance, and found families. You can bet I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Your computer/phone screen will literally do nothing for Seafire's cover. If you think the digital version is stunning wait until you actually have this book in your hands. It is magnificent. Getting into my review though .... I think this is going to be the book of 2018 that I am going to be a black sheep on. Don't get me wrong, I did like Seafire. I loved the message of sisterhood and how family doesn't have to be blood related, trust and g The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Your computer/phone screen will literally do nothing for Seafire's cover. If you think the digital version is stunning wait until you actually have this book in your hands. It is magnificent. Getting into my review though .... I think this is going to be the book of 2018 that I am going to be a black sheep on. Don't get me wrong, I did like Seafire. I loved the message of sisterhood and how family doesn't have to be blood related, trust and girl power. They are all things that I enjoyed most about the story, but there was a part of me that couldn't love this story as much as I would have liked too. The world building was my biggest problem. In the moment of whats happening, who is involved and ect. you have a pretty clear picture. Parker paints a vivid picture for her readers. But everything outside of that is a bit misty. We hear about the tyrant ruler who everyone fears, but that's all I know about him? You learn about the Bullets and the Scythes and the surface is barley scratched. I wished there was a little more depth to Seafire, this is where my love for the book dwindled a little bit. This is going to be a series so it is absolutely something that can change with in the next novels, and I hope that it does because this series has so much potential. Where I had trouble with this book there is also so much that I loved about it. Parker created a wide cast of characters. The Mors Navis is made up entirely of a female crew, how bad ass is that? Talk about girl power and intelligent women. I enjoyed the bond that the crew shared, they weren't sisters in the sense of blood but in experience and dedication to each other. Caledonia is fierce and easily my favorite characters. In YA I feel as if you see a lot of female leads go through a face from being weak to being strong and fierce. Seafire starts with Caledonia being fierce and oriented. It was something that I admired most about her character through out the novel. The ending of Seafire leaves me really eager for the next book and beside that I can't wait to see the cover as well. I can only imagine what it is going to look like. *Heart eyes* Though I did have my troubles with Seafire and other then the world building was a very well written book. There is no doubt in my mind that this one is going to be a huge hit.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This book was stupendous! Exciting and well paced with great writing and well developed characters! It made my heart race, it made my heart sing, it made me wish I could join Captain Caledonia’s crew. Female friendships make the heart of this book, and it was so refreshing to read a YA book that wasn’t focused on romance (though there’s a delicious shiver in there at some point ;) but instead fully focused on action and camaraderie. It reminded me a bit of the 90s movie Cutthroat Island (only th This book was stupendous! Exciting and well paced with great writing and well developed characters! It made my heart race, it made my heart sing, it made me wish I could join Captain Caledonia’s crew. Female friendships make the heart of this book, and it was so refreshing to read a YA book that wasn’t focused on romance (though there’s a delicious shiver in there at some point ;) but instead fully focused on action and camaraderie. It reminded me a bit of the 90s movie Cutthroat Island (only the cool parts, ie: Geena Davis), but felt fresh and original. Cool characters, gnarly villains and badass girls who fight for freedom and for each other. The heroines struggle with the need for revenge and the desire to be better than those that wronged them, which is a feeling that resonates all too clearly for me in today’s world. The cliff hanger ending was a doozy, and I am desperate for the next installment! It only took me so long to read because I didn’t want the story to end and took a break in the middle to make it last. Set in a future world with a great blend of pirate tropes and steampunk tech, this book combines the best of the best. I haven’t read such a cool book in a while, it was an utter delight!
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  • Rachel Rooney
    January 1, 1970
    A girl loses her family and becomes captain of her own ship exclusively manned by girls and is intent on causing trouble for the cruel and oppressive ruling regime that killed her family. This was so much fun! I got it at YA summer preview event at the local bookstore. It doesn't come out until late next month. I gave it to my 15-year-old to read. I don't know if he will because it features a cast of girls *eyeroll*, but maybe.
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