A Great Book Filled with an all Girls Crew
Thank you so much to Razorbill and Penguin Random House for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
If you are even a little active in the Young Adult book community you will have heard of Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. Not in the least because of that absolutely stunning cover. I was very lucky to receive an arc of Seafire for participating in a blog tour and I was so excited.
My excitement diminished a bit when I started the book. The book didn’t manage to immediately grab me with its characters. Maybe it was because we get thrown into the action right away. Or maybe it was because Caledoina felt a little detached. But once we got going with the true plot, I fell into the book very easily. The writing is easy to get into. The book rarely takes a break from the action despite spending it on sea and ship for about 90% of the book.
There aren’t any kind of surprise elements in this plot, but it also wasn’t like I could guess everything from page one either. Despite that I still enjoyed this book. Having a truly all girl crew on board a ship that has latched onto each other so strongly was just a great thing to have throughout this book. There are also other things that I appreciated being done in this book like not shying over the drug addiction and how realistic they looked at the rescue of certain people. Like Caledonia realizes at some point, there aren’t any easy decisions or any good ways out. You can only do the best you can do in a world that has already set you up with lemons in the form of Aric Athair.
I don’t know why everyone is shelving this as an LGBT+ because there is barely any gay here? Like there is a side couple between two girls that is kind of hinted at but you could easily read over that if hinting isn’t your strong suit. The main couple is straight. I did appreciate that the romance wasn’t a center focus by any means and there was so little of it. Even so I would have preferred the romance to come more forward in later books because she spends most of the book hating on him and the jump was just a bit much.
The characters were great. It took some getting used to Caledoina at the start but once we started seeing the cracks in her revenge filled mask we got to see who she really was and I could more easily understand why she was that way. Pisces is stubborn, has her heart in the right place and is not afraid to tell Caledoina when she needs to reconsider her decisions. The rest of the team is also an amazing blend with Hime who uses sign language, Red who totally will kick your ass if you step a toe out of line, Amina who is a sturdy mech, Nettle who is the youngest and has no qualms about manipulating you to your face. Oran is the only boy we truly get to know throughout this book and for the majority he is gagged. So we don’t really get to know him until the last 25% but once we do, I love his interactions with everyone but especially Red. He never once looks down on any of these girls.