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To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker
Once caught, its harder still to let a pirate go
When Annalisa Townsends ship is set upon by pirates in search of her fathers treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. A fair trade, mlady, he tells her afterward, before disappearing.
A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her fathers treasure from him. But now shes in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.
I really did enjoy this short read, the character of Annalisa is strong, though very common-place. The real interest is Sterling, the dashing rouge pirate! Sterling will have you conjuring images of Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean. The conclusion was agreeable, though the romance was so rushed, youre not quite sure how Annalisa got from loathing her pirate love to adoring him. I would like to see a well thought out sequel of this book, I think it has potential and a wider scope for conflict.
Notes on the cover: I was really hoping the locket would be of a more feminine quality as it was a gift from Annalisas deceased mother, who was not a pirate.
Notable names: Sterling was a great choice! Without returning to the worn thin choices of the day, read Henry, James, William ect. Jade Parker chose a strong, color name that does reflect many pirate themes, such as sterling silver in the blade of a sword or a Pirates booty!
So did it make it onto the mod-podge bookshelf? No, it did not, though I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, themed read.
It was the sight of the cover that first captivated me to read this book. Even though people say not to judge a book buy it's cover, I just can't.
Anyways, here's the basic plot of this book:
A lady named Anna sets on the high seas to find her father's treasure. During her voyage she accidently falls in love with the dangerous and handsome James Sterling, who steals her heart. As she struggles to understand exactly how she feels about him, she learns more about others around her.
This book is absolutely well written. Filled with adventure and romance, who wouldn't love pirates?
From back cover:
"Once caught, it's harder still to let a pirate go...
When Annalisa Townsend's ship is set upon by pirates in seach of her father's treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exhange the necklace. "A fair trade, m'lady," he tells her afterward, before disappearing.
A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and relcaiming her father's treasure from him. But now she's in danger of him stealing something far more valuable this time: her heart."
To Catch a Pirate was a quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was in a Pirates of the Caribbean mood when I picked up this book and I wasn't disappointed! The love story between Annalisa and James was good as well... Its definitely a book I've recommended to others... who have loved it as well! 10 out of 10 stars!
To my bemusement I often found myself forgetting that this book was a)
aimed at young adults and b) about a seventeen year old girl. Its easy
to forget such when the girl in question is the Captain of (what
amounts to) a Pirate-Hunter's ship. I could almost believe that at each
next kiss they would succumb to passion.
I was also a little bit
taken aback at how fast Annalisa went from a pampered London debutante
to this fearsome Lady-Captain hunting down pirates and ruling over a
crew of men. Motivation to save her father certainly hastened her need
to become fierce, but it fell flat for me. Nor is it mentioned, that I
remember at least, that sailors often feared having a lady on board
because it was considered ill-luck. Lady Pirates--er Privateers weren't
unheard of in the good ol' days, but Lady Pirate Hunters?
chemistry between Annalisa and James kept me riveted however. It was
amusing to read as James would just keep pushing with his cocky answers
and arrogant nonchalance while Annalisa struggled to remember that
flogging him till he screamed served no purpose. The ending was...a
stretch of imagination, but at least sweet. Realism has no place in
romance after all.
((reprinted with author's permission))
Me + Horror = can't sleep for a week without the light on. Just kidding...kind of. No, this book actually was really good. I mean it wasn't some super emotional book that completely moved me, but the plot was thick and there was plenty of suspense.
Now, to someone like my cousin who lives on horror movies and books, this particular novel would probably seem pathetic, but it gave me goosebumps. Luckily, there was a romance in the book that made the story so much better, oh, and Judith's crazy 40-something cousin who had a "thing" for young girls.
I don't know why, but i really liked this book! It was only like $4.30 for me, so I'd buy it. Besides the intriguing ghost story part of it, the book was also a mystery. Don't you love a good mystery?
Well anyways, sorry for the short, non-descriptive review, it was a short novel, and i don't want to give anything away.
is on a ship with her Father and the crew when they get attacked by
pirates. Analisa hides but is found by one of the pirates, and in
exchange for her freedom she gives a ring and he takes a stolen kiss.
Now, her Fathers in jail and she wants to get him out. Analisa buys her
own ship and starts the journey to get back the treasure, probably the
only way to prove that he is innocent. They capture James Sterling,
whom is the only one other than Crimson that knows where the treasure
is. Soon though, Analisa finds herself falling in love with James, and
he surprisingly starts falling in love with her. Will they find the
treasure? Will Analisa loose the love of her life?
"To Catch a
Pirate" was such a wonderful story! Analisa is different than a lot of
characters, she is bold, strong, and very courageous. She sets out with
a ship of her own! I really enjoyed this book and suggest reading it!!
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Analisa is on a ship with her Father and the crew when they get attacked by pirates. Analisa hides but is found by one of the pirates, and in exchange for her freedom she gives a ring and he takes a stolen kiss. Now, her Fathers in jail and she wants to get him out. Analisa buys her own ship and starts the journey to get back the treasure, probably the only way to prove that he is innocent. They capture James Sterling, whom is the only one other than Crimson that knows where the treasure is. Soon though, Analisa finds herself falling in love with James, and he surprisingly starts falling in love with her. Will they find the treasure? Will Analisa loose the love of her life?
"To Catch a Pirate" was such a wonderful story! Analisa is different than a lot of characters, she is bold, strong, and very courageous. She sets out with a ship of her own! I really enjoyed this book and suggest reading it!!
Also published by ME on my Young Adult book blog: http://booksforteensreviews.blogspot.com/
Annalisa Townsend and her father are on there way to an island with some precious cargo from the king. Suddenly, Anna's ship is attacked by Krimson Kelly's crew of pirates and she is told to hide down in hold. James Sterling, a hansome pirate, was about to take her necklace from her late mother when Anna begs him not to steal it. Sterling decides that a kiss would be a fair trade for the necklace. Her father is sentenced to jail for "losing" the treasure. In order to free her father Anna must track down Krimson Kelly and take the treasure back. Anna knows she needs help and searches for one of Kelly's crew (Sterling) so he can give her information about where the Kelly's treasure is. Little does she know that Sterling also wants some vengenance on Kelly and he decides to help her. Chemistry stirs between Sterling and Anna while they are aboard the ship looking for Kelly. Altogether a predictable, but cute romance.
Annalisa Townsend and her father are glad to be departing England for the Caribbean. They need to move on from the recent death of Annalisas mother, and what better place to do it than the little known Caribbean island of Mourning, which King George has assigned governorship of to Annalisas father. But on the voyage over, their ship is set upon be pirates, and Annalisa is discovered in her hiding place in the hold. However, in exchange for letting Annalisa keep her necklace, a reminder of her dead mother, pirate James Sterling steals her ring and a kiss. A year later, Annalisa has a forged letter of marque to help her hunt down James Sterling. She wants to take back her fathers treasure and restore his good name. But Annalisa is not entirely prepared for what James might steal from her this timeher heart.
I found To Catch a Pirate to be an adorable pirate romance story. The plot was a bit reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, but I mean that in the best possible way. The love and danger on stormy seas, hidden treasure, and sword fighting really drew me in. I also liked how these fictional characters had encounters with a real pirate, Black Bart Roberts. The main characters were rather well developed, especially Annalisa. She is a strong minded and somewhat stubborn young woman who knows what she wants and will do almost anything to get it. Sterling battles with his whole good pirate/bad pirate persona, which is interesting; however, sometimes when it seems hes entirely on one side, hell do something completely surprising. Some of the pirate encounters may seem unrealistic, especially because of the lack of loss of life, but it serves its purpose of simulating the dangers and excitement associated with piracy.
If youre looking for a unique romance story, To Catch a Pirate should be high on your life. Besides, who can resist a pirate story?
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