Hey everyone! I’m back today with an awesome review that I am really excited to share with you. I met LJ Surrage from Twitter a few months ago, but recently, she asked if I could read her book in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say that The Princess Mutiny is everything that I have ever wanted in a kickass pirate/princess book.
Anastasia Windell is heir to the Eagen Empire along with her twin brother Alexander. When her father arranges for her to be married to a Duke, her world becomes upended. Anya decides to take her life into her own hands and escapes to a life full of adventure as a sailor. From there, she finds herself being taught by the notorious pirate Blackbeard and fits perfectly into the life as a pirate.
(Goodreads synopsis right here)
Like I said, I love this book and am giving it 4.5/5 stars! I took off half a star because something happened and I don’t want to spoil anything! The Princess Mutiny is empowering and is about Anya, the Eagan Empire princess, who ran away from her abusive husband (emotionally and physically), becomes a pirates, then goes back to seek revenge on her husband. She becomes friends with well know pirates from history like Blackbeard.
Anya/Theo Wren. Let me tell you how much I enjoyed this character. Once again, I felt like I saw so much of myself in Anya. She was real, which so many characters in books now don’t feel real. She curses, she cries, she finds love, she is real. I wish that there would be a sequel just so that I can get more of Anya. Anya is such a strong woman. She gets forced into a terrible marriage then finds the courage to escape and finds true happiness. It’s a very uplifting backstory for a character.
Stanley. He felt like the uncle or neighbor that I was best friends with. He is Anya’s butler but also her best friend. Their relationship is everything. Their banter back and forth seemed natural and, once again, very real. There was no fake niceness, but real honesty between them.
Family. Anya has a twin brother, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. She comes from a large family, to say the least. The part that I enjoyed most about this dynamic was how each sibling or family member had their own personality that was subtle and blended well with the rest of the family. At the end, I almost felt as though I was a part of that family.
The pirate life.
I love pirates. This story is all about the pirate life, what they do, how they act. Match made in heaven, right? Of course! The little Caribbean Islands where all of the pirates in this story live are vibrant, colorful, and so full of life. It jumps off the page almost. All of the individual pirating friends or foes that Anya encounters during her time as Theo Wren are all unique and diverse. Honestly, all of the characters in this book amazed me.
Anya’s husband, George, is emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive to her. This is what drives her choices. He is the reason that she flees and finds a new life. And George is also the reason for the conflict. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t say much more than that. Except, I hate George! Surrage has a true talent for creating a character that the reader can loathe, and it really is a wonderful talent to have because it drove the story home and made me want to continue reading.
When I finished reading this book, I was overcome with emotions, happiness, sadness, relief, and fulfillment. This is what I feel a book really should be like. Also, I actually cried at a certain part which immediately says that it was a good book for me. 4.5/5 stars to The Princess Mutiny by LJ Surrage.
Thank you so much Ms. Surrage for giving me the opportunity to read and review your amazing book. Also, thank you for being there for me when certain events happened and I needed to gush just a little bit. You’re an amazing woman and writer.
You can find The Princess Mutiny on Amazon right here for the awesome price of $2.99! Go get and read this terrific book!