This is another book that I have received for review, in exchange of an honest opinion. It is my first F.K. Sewell book, and hopefully won't be the last!
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☹
Do I recommend it : Yes, if you want an epic, adventure-packed and refreshing story.
Would I reread it : Probably not as it was on my eBook.
The Kestrel (first book in The Black Feather trilogy) follows the life of Alex, who is an orphan to pirates. He embarks on a journey aboard The Kestrel, and he realizes with the reader that life as a pirate isn't all fun and games, and is way more than a few "arrs" and rum. A compelling, entertaining and epic read that I think should get more recognition in the book community!
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
I find the characters, especially the antagonists, slightly underdeveloped, as well as a few characters. I understand that they do not hold the same amount of importance, but somehow felt as if they should. It was one of those books that I found had a great cast of characters, and felt as if I should've been able to love all of them the same, but was somehow not able to.
The book advanced at a quick pace at times, but getting through the first few pages felt impossible, which leads me to think that the pacing was slightly off, where it would hook the reader in for a few pages, and then lose me, but maybe it is just because I'm used to books where it follows the same type of pacing.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Sewell has a great and natural talent for writing, and the writing of this book was simply great. I really hope to read more from this author, as her writing was so lovely to read. She could write any genre and I would pick it up!
The characters she has created were mesmerizing, mostly because of the situation they were put in. Sewell adapted their behaviour as they adapted themselves to their new surroundings, and the characters themselves felt so incredibly real. What they went through was raw, but the way they dealt with it made them the great cast of characters they were.
The plot and premise of the story were definitely something I've rarely read about. The only other pirate book I have read was The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and I barely remember anything about it. I also love historical fiction, so this book was great for me. If you are looking for an unique, refreshing plot that still involves adventures and friendships and bonds, this is definitely the book for you.
I am so honored to have been able to review another book sent by an author. There is no better way to discover new books than this, and being contacted by an author for the review of a book that sounds amazing is simply the greatest feeling ever. I do highly suggest this book, and if you want to get it for yourself, here it is! Also... THAT CLIFFHANGER??
Thanks for reading,
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend