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Book Review: Cross Bones

Title: Cross Bones

Author: Kimberly Vale

Expected release date: 10/5/21

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What's it about?

They say "Never trust a pirate" and it's not the worst advice, but is it all the best? That's debatable. But the question is impossible to NOT ask when then Blood Bell rings, announcing the Pirate King's death and as there's no known heir, the thrown now sits empty. The next step is a deadly trial, at the end of which, one pirate captain will be named the new King....or the first ever Pirate Queen.

Csilla Abado. She's strong, determined and in touch with her humanity. She's the caption on the Scarlett Maiden, the only all female pirate ship but what if those who she thinks she can trust, can't really be trusted? Will she put her faith in the wrong people or will she trust no one? She wants to wear the crown more then anything but where will she draw the line? How far will she go?

Kane Blackwater is living his life trying to prove to his dead father that he's not the black sheep of Blackwater family, and to everyone else (mostly himself) that he is the right captain for the Iron Jewel. He's a little broody, keeping his thoughts and emotions to himself with a bit of an anger issue and he's bound and determined to be crowned king.

Lorelei Penny isn't a pirate at all. She's just a girl living with her mother who seems to be going mad. She's pulled by the sea and fascinated with the pirates that everyone else seems to think dangerous and heartless, but finds herself anxious when she comes face to face with real life powers but when she finds herself with no other choice but to trust the very people everyone says you can't, will she trust the pirates or will she become another victim?

Desperate times call for desperate measures when the Bone Crown is at steak. Will Kane, Csilla and Lorelei manage to survive the trials and the other pirate captains long enough to see who gets to wear the crown in the end? Or will the die before they ever know the newest occupants of the Pirate King's throne?


Favorite Character: My first thought was that Csilla was going to be my favorite. I instantly loved her strength and humor. Then I met Lorelei. I know what some of you are thinking. One of my favorite T.V. shows is Gilmore Girls, so of course I liked the character named Lorelei! I admit, I can't hear that name without thinking of Gilmore Girls but that's not what I liked about her the most. That's not why she's my favorite. I think the initial appear was that she didn't seem to have soft edges like Csilla and Kane. I have nothing against their sharp edges, but compared with them, the softness of Lorelei was nice. But it didn't stop there. Her whole world is destroyed and she keeps going. She keeps fighting, not becuase she wants to, but because she knows she needs to and she's strong enough to do what she needs to. She wasn't taught to be cold and tough. She didn't spend her life fighting and being totally oppressed, though her mother's declining mental health didn't earn her any advantages. She witty and sarcastic and stubborn (not entirely unlike Csilla). She fights for what's right whole heartedly and unapologetically. The others tend to question more then Lorelei does.

Least Favorite Character: Rove without a doubt. He's scandalous, manipulative, dirty, cruel and heartless (not unlike a traditional pirate may be). There's really not much nice to say about him at all.

Favorite Part: I think it was in the first chapter when Csilla yells a curse at a villager. There were a lot of parts that were good or made me laugh, but I chose this one becuase that was the moment I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. And it reminded me of the end of the first Harry Potter book and the moment I decided that Harry Potter was worth the hype.

Favorite Quote: "Csilla wished it was that easy for her- to just laugh away the ache in her heart. 'Pain is necessary. If you don't know pain, you'll never know true happiness. Think of each day as a canvas fresh and new. You can't paint everyday yellow without leaving one for gray.'" (pg. 262) I loved this quote because I loved the imagery of it. It's been said many times before that we must know pain and darkness to know hippieness and light, but never quite like this. There's also this cool way of giving the illusion, at the very least, of control to it all which I can't help but love.