YA Book Review

Unanchored by Stephanie Eding

The Book:

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Book Title: Unanchored

Book Author: Stephanie Eding

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Publishing Date: April 17th, 2018

Publisher: Anaiah Press

Date Read: May 16th, 2018

Synopsis: Cecily Hastings fails to escape her captor when he gambles her away in a game of dice. Now, instead of getting her first taste of freedom, she’s rotting in a cell on the Hellbound, a pirate ship under the command of Captain Finnigan Worley. Cecily, however, has no plans of sticking around with a captain known for his heartless deeds. 

As soon as they make port, Cecily attempts to alert the Royal Navy. While trying to get away, she stumbles upon Captain Worley liberating people from a life of abuse and servitude, which makes her question everything she thought she knew about the infamous buccaneer. 

Soon she’s recaptured and taken back to the ship, and Cecily vows to figure out the captain’s humanitarian angle. The more she learns, the more she believes in his benevolent mission. With the Royal Navy closing in, she must decide if she’s willing to fight beside Captain Worley or turn him over to the gallows for a chance at her own freedom.


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The Review:

Unanchored is dark and alluring. Full of roguish pirates and danger, this one is sure to get your heart pounding! It has passion and plundering, so prepare to have your heart stolen!

I loved Stephanie’s writing style in this adventurous story! It was vivid and captivating. She was able to build the plot with steady intensity by starting off with a slow, detailed pace. The book got better and better as I turned the pages, and I finished it in one sitting! And, those characters really made the story!

I adored how both Cecily and Finn’s characters were peeled back layer by layer. They both added depth and passion to the story. Cecily started off weak and naive and grew with strength and perceptiveness. Finn kept his mystery and allure, but his personality and motives became clearer and more touching with each development. Also, Nikolaus really stole my heart and added an extra layer of adoration to the story.

There was definitely a lot of predictability to the plot. But, there were several moments of pure shock that drove the story home. It was enjoyable and engaging and kept me glued to my chair the entire time! I thoroughly enjoyed how colorful it was, and of course, who doesn’t love pirates? I would definitely read more from the author, and from the world if a sequel were written, and I’d rate it 4.5 stars (or 5 mermaids since even a pirate wouldn’t slice a mermaid in half).

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Thank you to the author for sending me this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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