REVIEW: Uncharted by Alli Temple

The Official Description: In a world of arrogant nobles and their punishing laws, Georgina will be hanged if anyone discovers she is a spy. But when the wicked prince proposes marriage, Georgina must accept. Refusing would expose the secrets she has delivered to a hidden resistance and forfeit her life. With her wedding day looming ever closer, salvation comes from an unlikely source.

Pirate Captain Cinder is a terror on the open sea, striking fear into hearts wherever she sails. Now she has a new target. The vulnerable Princess Georgina should be an easy mark in Cinder’s kidnapping plot. But the legend of Captain Cinder is more intertwined with Georgina’s own history than either of them expect.

Treacherous storms. A mysterious pirate king. The prince’s unrelenting pursuit. Georgina and Cinder can only escape by following the uncharted course of their hearts. But just as a future together is within their grasp, Cinder’s past threatens to drag them both to the deep.

Just the facts: F/F relationships, Female Pirates, adventure

A rip-roaring, romantic pirate adventure with strong female characters!  – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit:

Georgina, who much prefers to be called George, is a spy. She has been working with her friend Niall to try and keep the spirit of the people aflame by delivering messages. But one day, she arrives home to discover that her brother has promised her hand in marriage to the rather vile Prince.

George doesn’t have a moment to try and escape and finds herself whisked off to the home of the Prince. Prince Beverly isn’t there at first, and George doesn’t know what to make of what is happening to her. Then… she meets him. At first, he’s respectful and charming and even though George knows she holds no attraction for men, she begins to wonder if she can help the people if she becomes the Princess they need.

Just when George is beginning to warm to the Prince, she overhears him plotting. It’s all a ruse and he’s using her goodwill and loving nature to build up the love of the people… and then she will be martyred.

George’s rescue comes in a strange way when she is basically kidnapped by pirates. She is whisked away with only her lady’s maid and friend, Rosie. She has, in fact, been kidnapped by the dreaded Pirate Cinder to be exact.

Things begin to get interesting here. Not all of the pirates are what they seem. Pirate Cinder is a fierce woman … but she and George have met before. I’m not going to give away the plot here because there’s a bit of a twist. Suffice to say that George and Captain Cinder have more in common than they thought, but they are at the same time very different.

Basically, this is a high-seas adventure filled with all the action you could want. The female characters are fantastic! They all have their own goals and dreams, and they don’t let the world get in the way of their dreams. They are all feisty, wonderful characters. The supporting characters are colourful and enjoyable… and Temple has created a wonderful pirate world! There are fights and kidnappings, treacherous encounters, spying, ship canons and floggings!

One of the best things about this book is the journey that George goes on. Not just the physical journey… sure she leaves her home and embarks upon a rather epic trip! But George’s growth throughout the novel is remarkable. She is strong and vocal when she first leaves her home for a marriage she doesn’t want. She stands up for her people without a second thought…but as the novel progresses, she continues to grow and becomes a woman of epic strength and character. I loved her!

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) character is given away to a man for marriage, violence, supporting character is shot, characters are flogged, fighting, plotting of characters death, depictions of prostitution, descriptions of murder/death and injuries, vomiting, stabbing, attempted sexual assault (interrupted)

Links: Goodreads // The Author /

I received an ARC of Uncharted by Alli Temple from The Author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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