I received a free physical ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart. But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers Boa is not the only a monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against the creatures she used to care for and protect? Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?
It’s own Story
What I really loved about this book is that, while it was a sequel and there were parts that hinted at there being a first book, this book could have stood on its own. It had a unique plot. It wasn’t just a continuation of the first book. Rather, each book had an opening and a close and could have been individual novels, which can be hard to find sometimes. So, I loved that about this book!
To be honest, I don’t feel like I got a whole lot of insight into Cas and her thoughts in this book. I understood her struggle. She felt like she belonged and also didn’t in both of her worlds, but she was going to have to pick one in the end. I love the turmoil of her dealing with this, but I would like to see more. Just more of her struggles with that over her relationship struggles. I think it would have made this a stronger story.
Too much Romance
Maybe I’m biased as I don’t read romance to begin with, but I was quite disappointed with the sheer number of romantic scenes in this book. There were action scenes. There was a plot. It wasn’t purely romance, but the romance in the book took up close to 40-50% of the book and felt like filler content. It was like there weren’t enough scenes for the main plot and so romance was thrown in to fill the empty space.