Book Summary (Via Goodreads)
Josephine Teversin was fifteen years old when her father was murdered by pirate hunters. She’s the last of her kind—an immortal pirate without a ship or crew, and her magic is unstable at best.
It’s 1773, and tensions are rising between England and the American colonies. Rumors of war are running rampant. But immortal pirates never choose sides…until the hunters find her again.
Josephine is kidnapped and brought face to face with her father’s murderer—Garreck Skulthorpe. Her choices are simple: become his spy or face the hangman’s noose. A female who sword fights and picks pockets will be a useful undercover agent after all.
Armed with a fan, an exploding pocket watch, and erratic powers, Josephine is drawn into a deadly battle between pirate hunters, a rogue witch, and the Patriot rebels. She must risk her very life in order to thwart Skulthorpe and his nefarious plans for the colonies—all while wearing a stuffy ball gown.
And everyone knows…pirates do not wear petticoats.
What I Liked
PIRATES. Also: Magic. Also also: HISTORY. All of these in one novel? ABSOLUTELY.
Anything to Look Out For?
Nothing objectionable, unless you count mild pirate potty mouths (It’s honestly not bad at all).
I always hear that one should read within their genre. And while I do that, I also suffer from two major issues:
- I really, really like reading…pretty much everything.
- Acknowledging #1 often takes me not only outside the genre(s) I like to write, but outside my assumed preferences altogether.
With that in mind, I love finding good YA literature, and this is a newcomer that certainly fits that bill. It has a strong-minded female MC, romance (yes, I’m a dude who likes a little romance), and did I mention pirates? Author CR Pugh demonstrated she knows how to craft a quality YA series with the Old Sequoia Valley books (see my review for Battle for the Valley here). While you wait for the next installment in this series, give The Petticoat Pirate a look!