Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday [@McNamaraMiriam @skyponypress]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:


THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE by Miriam McNamara

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack—and fell in love with Anne Bonny.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s livelihood—and her safety—depends on her ability to disguise her gender.

At least, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate.

The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain, earning herself the chance to join the account and become a pirate alongside Calico Jack and Anne Bonny.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Breathlessly romantic and brilliantly subversive, The Unbinding of Mary Reade is sure to sweep readers off their feet and make their hearts soar.s


published June 19th  by Sky Pony Press

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Why?

It is not exactly a secret that I love books with pirates, maybe probably especially when those pirates are girls or women or when girls are on a pirate ship in an unexpected or unknown way. I loved Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and really enjoy books that take some of the similar ideas or themes and make it for readers that are a bit older;. It allows for so much more danger and suspense and (sometimes) romance and greatness.

I like that The Unbinding of Mary Reade is about girl who is hiding who she truly is and not only from others, but, possibly, from herself as well. I think that will add a truly intriguing angle to this story.


That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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