Meet Natalie C. Parker!
International Blog Tour, Review, & Mood Board: Seafire (Natalie C. Parker)
Today we're excited to be part of the International blog tour for Natalie C. Parker's book Seafire hosted by PRH International!
Read on for more about Natalie C. Parker, her book, a review and mood board!
Meet Natalie C. Parker!
Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife.
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
*Review Contributed By Melissa Robles, Instagram Manager*
There's no better word for me to simply describe Seafire than Wow. Honestly, it doesn't even begin to cover it. From start to finish, this book kept me hooked and feeling so much PRIDE for the brave young women commanding and working hard aboard the Mors Navis.
An all-female pirate crew in YA Fantasy is rarely heard off and it was simply amazing and empowering. Every girl and women so precious and talented, I wasn't even in page 10 when I was already loving and admiring them all. I wasn't even in page 85 when I was already crying for their loss.
Seafire is told from the POV of Caledonia Styx, the captain of the Mors Navis. Caledonia is a force to be reckoned with and the best at what she does. All 52 members of her crew look up for her guidance and would follow her til' the ends of the world, wether that would take them straight into a band of Aric Athair's Bullets or simply out to open sea. I loved that she was fierce and protective of every girl under her command, but also felt for how she secretly felt guilty, vulnerable and angry for the reason why she and her friend Pisces lost their families in the hands of one of Aric's minions. The reason why she would NEVER again trust a bullet.
The magic of Seafire is that you are not only reading about an epic and dangerous journey across the seas, but you are somehow drawn into the story and instantly another member of the crew, trying your best to help them succeed outrunning or fighting Bullets who have corrupted their world, while also making sure none of your sisters gets harmed. Sisterhood is the most important thing for the Mors Navis, and I loved how it never took a back seat. Front and center, for better or for worse, every girl and women of the crew fought relentlessly and gave it their all--sometimes even their lives-- for the sake of their family.
I just find it impossible for me to pick a favorite character since this book is just FULL of amazing personalities. What I can say is that everyone is going to love Caledonia, Pisces, Lace, Amina, Redtooth, Hime, Nettle, and the other ladies that formed part of the sisterhood. Possibly even love a certain Bullet that doesn't seem to be like the rest of the Bullets determined to carry on Aric Athair's awful deeds. And that is the only drawback of loving them all fiercely-- the painful moments when not all can come out unscathed in a world such as cruel as theirs.
Seafire has everything I love in YA Fantasy. Non-stop action, unrelenting and badass heroines of all type of personalities, and a dangerous and terrible world system that I cannot wait for the crew of the Mors Navis to completely take down. Do not expect to catch your breath while reading Seafire, it will take you on a wild sea adventure with the fiercest and most talented crew to ever exist!
*Thanks to Penguin Random House International for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion!*
SEAFIRE MOOD BOARD:
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Note: This doesn't even cover half of its awesomeness.
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By: Natalie C. Parker
Release Date: August 28th, 2018