Seafire (Seafire, #1)by Published 28 Aug 2018
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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, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether 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)" Reviews
**ARC provided by Penguin Teen and Razorbill for my honest review!**
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“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.”
So vivid in detail, you can practically taste the salt from the sea. So engrossing, it’s as if you can feel the wind in your hair. So mind blowing and addicting, you might as well sign your soul over to the Mors Navis crew-because once you start this story….you might as well say goodbye, because you’re done for. Dead. Dying. You’re addicted like any old Bullet to the most powerful Silt Aric Athair can offer. Say hello to your newest obsession.
I’ll admit I was scared when I started this story-well, that’s a lie. From the minute I started, I was ADDICTED-that prologue may be one of the saddest, harshest beginnings to a story EVER. And, let me tell you up front-Parker isn’t afraid to kill people off. JUST SAYIN’.
He smiled in return, saying, “I might not be quite the hammer Redtooth is, but I’ll do my best.”
Redtooth leaned in to answer, “Don’t feel too bad about it. The way you take a beating, you make one helluva nail.”
But no, it’s more than that. It started off so great-it truly pulled me in. But then I found it hard to find and buoy to a connection (har). I don’t know why, honestly, other than the fact that perhaps it has to do with me moving and not feeling wholly myself that first week when I was reading this beauty. But I also wonder if I needed more of a mix of men and women for longer throughout the story-but, like with many things, that’s a personal preference.
Redtooth pushed a finger into his face. “Damn dirty Bullets don’t touch my ship. Try it and I’ll put you down.” Then, as an afterthought, she added, “Unless the captain says otherwise.”
But, fear not, because a true beauty this is indeed, for I was a total goner not long after that minor lapse in judgement. How can you resist the piratey pirateness that comes with a sea-filled read, full of action and adventure, friendship and heartbreak, loyalty so strong you almost choke on the palpable tension when things aren’t going just as they should be, and an addictive beginning to a slow burn, but [enemies-to-lovers] oh so tiny and fresh, romance. Tell me-HOW. HOW DO YOU RESIST THIS?!
The thought didn’t give Caledonia as much pleasure as she’d expected. It left an uncomfortable crook in its wake, a sea snake disturbing the flow of water. Ceepa was right to call him poison. There was something truly insidious about him. So insidious, Caledonia had stopped wishing for his immediate demise.
Alas, I did not, could not, and would not resist. And though my not-so-adorably stubborn self did my best to find flaws…there really weren’t any. Truly. Well. I don’t understand boat talk, so there’s that. But I’m going to GUESS that falls under the ‘it’s me, not you’ category.
Masterfully written with a style so smooth and oh-so-wonderfully fluid that you get pulled into its seamless story line and feel as if you’re being lulled to sleep with the beauty of it-I can’t explain it right, but it’s almost like-okay-it’s style of writing drew me in because it was so captivating and had so much action and adventure, but while doing so, it captured the subtle depth of feather-light writing that somehow RELAXED me …just because it was THAT good [that’s not even to mention the excellent, amazing, alluring, vivid world building]. There’s just something about peril mixed with beauty that makes my masochistic self feel, well, self-actualized.
Hm. Wonder what that says about me. I don’t care to analyze that tonight [as I write this], though. So I’ll move on.
But world-building and soothing writing hardly make for a complete book-you need relationships to root for. To ride and die for. To make it worth coming back for after detaching yourself from the story every night when you have to catch up on a pesky thing called ‘sleep.’ What IS sleep, anyway? And why do we need it? Pesky pesky sleep…interfering with my reading every night-sigh. I digress. ANYWAY. There are just so many relationships to root for here-friendships, family bonds…and a hate-to-love between a Bullet and the captain who swore to never trust a Bullet.
Her eyes snapped open. She turned to find Oran still watching her. Had he been watching her this whole time? She scowled.
“For saving my life today. I know you didn’t have to, and I’m grateful.”
“I’m not concerned with your thanks. Or your gratitude.” She thought she detected the hint of a smile on his mouth, and she wanted to hit it. Hard.
Let’s start with that last one, shall we? Actually, ARGH, ya know-sometimes it’s just best to leave it to the imagination, so I will. Just know THIS-Oran was adorable. Their relationship was something that blossomed slowly, like a flower-it didn’t happen overnight and, frankly, I was DYING for it to develop-but when it did…that tentative bond they share-it was ELECTRIFYING. So short, sweet…and well worth the wait. That’s all. (He’s so cute, thoughhhh). Shh, Chelsea, just shhh.
One of us needs to lead, Pisces had said. You need to lead us.
Why not you? Caledonia asked.
Because, Pisces began. One of us also needs to follow.
I suppose I should focus on my favorite bond of all, and that was between Cal and Pi. Best friends. Both mourning the loss of their families-sworn to be by each other’s side until the end, even in the toughest moments. I ADORED them and their sisterly friendship-the loyalty, understanding, and the push that each needed when things got tough-but, I have to say, Pi stole the show for me. Wow, was she a great, strong, and empathetic person. She saw reason when Cal only saw fire and revenge…and I really connected with her as a person. One act of kindness can start a whole new cycle, and one act of trust can save a life. It can easily go the other way around, but you can’t know until you try, and Pi was so inspirational in that way, standing against her best friend because she knew what was right. I just…I loved her.
Cal? She was a little stubborn and hard to connect with sometimes, for me, honestly, because I’m a bit fluffier on the inside, like Pi-however, I know that pain Cal feels, we FELT it from the depths of our soul (damn you, Parker *shakes fist at sky*) because of that poignant and jarring prologue-we know the pain Caledonia hides…and we can’t help but understand that sorrow. So no, I can’t (and didn’t) judge her harshly, which is why I ended up loving her, in the end. Plus, she was a flawed MC-and I dig that.
But, most importantly, probably, is the fact that this book is fueled by the strongest bond of all-family. Even when they aren’t around, we can draw strength from them….and, apparently, drive us to bloody and just revenge.
(Lol, legit pictured this voice/scene in my head, so naturally I needed the GIF to send my point home)
He hopped to the ground at Redtooth’s feet. “You wanted the gear snapped in, right? No chance for movement.”
Alarm showed on Redtooth’s face. “Snapped in? No, I didn’t want it snapped in! I-“ Her teeth crashed together. “You’re joking. You’re a damn dirty Bullet and you’re joking.”
In the end, this story was a big punch in the feels that gave me a lot to think about. And it had an epic end I won’t likely forget (UGH COME ONNN) any time soon. I felt every sad moment, even when I wasn’t all in, and that’s saying something about this author’s ability to write. It got me where it hurts, even in the face of doubt, and that’s where the biggest punch in the feels comes from.
“She’s right,” Oran said from beside her. “If anyone could lead a fleet, it’s you.”
In spite of the cold, Caledonia felt a small warmth bloom in her chest. Redtooth groaned. “Things have gone very wrong when a Bullet agrees with you. Quick, say something terrible. Shouldn’t be hard. Just open your mouth.”
“Red, you’re faithful and strong, and if I die tomorrow, I hope you remember I considered you a friend,” Oran said brightly.
A strong story about friendship, bravery, and a ship of girls all loyal to a fault-but, mostly, it’s a story that centers around love…and that’s what made my heart beat, my soul soar, and my head spin with possibilities. I was lost in the clouds when I read this, and I am SO ready for anything that comes next. Sign me up-I’m a loyal fan. And more Oran, please. Yum.
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So so lucky to have this beauty in my hands. If I wasn’t moving, I’d post a pretty pic of my lovely ARC...but you’ll just have to take my word on how pretty it is!! :D
I really enjoyed this! More so than I thought I would, honestly!!
It has awesome, female pirates who root for each other and not tear each other down!
I thought the plot moved along nicely as well. The only thing I didn't love was the romance, I thought this book could have gone completely without it.
Overall would def. recommend this book!
ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
“Never underestimate the girls of this world”
And the award for best prologue of 2018 goes to Seafire! Seriously this prologue was beyond words amazing. It not only made me feel every single emotion under the sun, but it had me on the edge of my seat for the entire twenty pages. Perfection, seriously perfection. And such a wonderful way to start this amazing story!
I hate comparing books, especially two new releases, but Seafire is everything that I wish These Rebel Waves was. Pirates, the open sea, a beautiful f/f side romance, a found family of girls who feel lost, but come together to create something so powerful. You all, I loved this book.
Seafire stars a young pirate crew leader named Caledonia, and her first mate Pisces, as they are picking up the pieces of something catastrophic that happened four years ago. And during those long, four years, they have found a family of fifty-two girls who they sail the waters with. And all of these girls are willing to do anything to protect their captain and their crew.
In this world, a mysterious man named Aric rules the water! He has fleets upon fleets all under his control, and rules most of the ports with his power. He also takes and receives boys from all around the waters and trains them to become Bullets, who are as cutthroat as they come. And Caledonia and her crew know to never believe a word that any of them say, because they are also as untrustworthy as they come, too.
That is, until the day one saves Pisces from death, betrays his crew of Bullets, and is brought on to Caledonia’s ship. His name is Oran and despite his good deed Cal and her crew want to throw him overboard. Yet, he is harboring information that completely changes everything that Caledonia and Pisces have ever believed. And they are forced to risk it all on the word of one Bullet, who they have spent their entire lives promising to never trust.
Seafire has some really amazing themes on top of this amazing story, too. I know I touched on this briefly above, but the found family in this book is so damn beautiful. Probably one of my favorites I’ve ever read, and that’s really saying something. There is also a constant and underlying message of how people shouldn’t be judged by the mistakes or actions of their family, both blood and found.
“Our first family shall not be our last.”
Also, give me an entire book just about Hime and Amina, because I am weak and in love with them being in love. Seriously, I was living for these side characters and their love for one another. And Hime also uses sign language to communicate with the crew and is dealing with a tremendous amount of PTSD from her past. Needless to say, at this point in my life, I would completely die for this fictional pirate baby. Thank you.
Overall, I loved this. I had such an amazing time while reading, and I truly never wanted to put this book down. From the addictive writing, to the captivating setting, to the heartwarming girls, to the heartbreaking twists; I loved it all. I think this book is going to be a complete hit upon release, and I recommend it with my whole heart. Well, what’s left of it after the ending of this book. Seriously, I need the next installment immediately!
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Content and trigger warnings for murder, death, grief depiction, physical abuse, captivity, loss of a loved one, violence, and many battle scenes.
Buddy read with Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills & Lilly at Lair of Books! ❤
this cover is even more beautiful in person than it is on paper oh my god
✨Arc received from the publisher via my local bookstore for an honest review. [ releases: August 2018.]
Something that not everyone may know is that I have a huge pirate fetish, always have and always will. When seeing Seafire by Natalie C. Parker the first time I knew this was a must read, a whole trilogy of [email protected] female pirates?? I couldn’t get a copy fast enough and thankfully I did because wow, this was amazing!
They story begins a few years in the past as Caledonia Styx and her friend are sent by Caledonia’s mother to shore to search for food on what they believe is a deserted island. Caledonia is confronted by a bullet, a soldier in Aric Athair’s army. Being not much more than a kid Caledonia falls for his lies and it costs everyone aboard her family’s ship their lives.
Fast forward to the current day with Caledonia having survived that bullet attack years before and she and her friend having formed their own crew aboard what is now Caledonia’s ship. The entire crew has been made up of girls just like Caledonia who have lost those close to them to Aric Athair’s army and now they fight back every chance they get.
After reading Seafire I can safely say that it was everything I could have hoped for and more. The story is intense as these ladies are everything you could wish for in an amazing pirate crew battling with everything they have. The world building quickly brought me into the adventure on the sea in a world controlled by a tyrant. The characters quickly became friends and family just the way they are to one another. And to top this all off this one just screams female empowerment with the girls doing everything men could and more since they are the only ones fighting back and not caving to the demands of a cruel and unjust world. Nothing more to say other than read this one, you will not regret it at all!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Penguin’s First to Read.
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