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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Book Review: Ships, Secrets, & Survivors - by Sarah Rodecker and Helena George

Ahoy, mates!

Today I am participating in the blog tour of Helena George and Sarah Rodecker's debut novel, the first in The Pirate Hunter Chronicles! For more details on this book check out the other spots on the blog tour HERE or HERE.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

Ships, Secrets, & Survivors - by Sarah Rodecker and Helena George:
The Scaera Dumeda is a test for those wishing to become ambassadors for the Alliance. People sail from all over to get in. Princess Adima knows that she can do better for her country by being in it and is hopeful for entry to the tests. Ravin is on the run from his past, and when his name is called he knows something is terribly wrong. Both of them find themselves wrapped up in an adventure that leads to the sea with the Captain Jay Hill and his crew. Who is behind all of this, and is it too late to prove that they aren't murderers?
Genre: Swashbucker, Adventure, Fantasy.
Characters: 10! I love each and every one of them! They are all so real! I would talk about all of them, but I'm limiting myself to only my top favorites:
Ravin: You have to love this quiet guy indecisivewith a dark past he is running from! His dialogue is the most accurate of all time. I just feel for him.
Justin: This guy, this guy, is hilarious! My favorite of all of them.
Josiah: He's so positive and kind, he just is a sweetheart!
Adi: I love how quick on her feet she is and can make so many decisions! As someone who is the most indecisive in the world, I loved that she is able to do that.
Ash: Of all the characters, I want to know more about her! She is mysterious and tough, but a good leader in training!
Jay Hill: Jay commands all of your attention, so I have to grant it to him. He is the showman! His love for his crew is so great.
Words: 10, characters are mentioned as swearing, but all of the words themselves are omitted, which I really appreciated.
"If you look a horrible disaster, then you're all the more likely to get your named called and have to stand in front of all the people, right?"
Content: 8, there is violence, mentions of blood, and people being sick. There are deaths and killing, but there are discussions around that which are super thought provoking. Characters are hurt and there are mentions of abuse, but are shown as bad.
"If you think you're the only one here with a past, look around. We all have stories to tell, some dirtier than others."
Originality: 10, this gets a full score out of me! At every turn there is something new and I love it. Magical ships, tests for leadership, ragtag crews, count me in!
Good For: any fantasy and pirate story lovers.
Age Range: There are a lot of deaths and whatnot, but that depends on each individual's personal preference. I think I would've been fine with reading this when I was younger than 13, but that's just me.
Overall Score: 9.5!
Worth reading?: Yes, indeed! I feel so fulfilled with my daily dose of adventure now! The plot is so engaging, I'm really looking forward to more stories in this series!
Will I read again?: So far I have read it twice, and I can see this as something to enjoy from time to time, so yes!
Bonus thoughts:
This is an epic adventure if you're every looking for one! I would definitely recommend it.

Find more information on Goodreads.
Order on the WEBSITE or AMAZON.

Sarah and Helena are also hosting an awesome giveaway which I suggest you check out right HERE, right now. There is some incredible stuff there to send this book off into the world! Check both of their blogs and congratulate them on this achievement!

A huge thank you to them for allowing me to be part of this!

Thanks to all of you for reading! Have I peaked your interest? I hope I have, because this book is totally worth it!



  1. AHH! Josiah is such a sweet character. I really love his personality!

    Thank you so much for both beta reading this and taking a part in the blog tour! I really appreciate it!

    1. I'm looking forward to more adventures with him! *winks*

      No problem! Thanks a million for the opportunity! :D

  2. Great review! Glad you liked it too!


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