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Pirate Princess by [Banks, Catherine]
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As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren't often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to her in the way that treasure draws pirates. Some treasures are more valuable than others. Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2676 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0161N1SM8
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of book... epic 22 December 2015
By Anna (Enchanted by YA) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

This is the best kind of book that sucks you in until you lose yourself in the fantastical world, filled with pirates, magic, intrigue, battles, heroines and love. It’s the kind of book that you not only don’t want to, but can’t make yourself put down. Basically it’s epic and I’m thrilled to have had the chance to read it.

A major reason is because the characters in this book are like no others. What makes them even better is that the family relationships I’ve often missed in YA are not just present, but genuine and heart-warming and absolutely hilarious (the amount of banter in this book is unparalleled) and I couldn’t stop grinning whenever they sparked up conversations. The King and Queen could be deadly one moment, single-handedly taking down a whole kingdom’s army and then teasing each other by recanting their courtship the next. The love between everyone was undeniable, often coming across in extreme protectiveness that was amusing to say the least!

I immediately fell in love with all the characters, particularly Finn who is the epitome of charming. At first I was hesitant because time-wise it very easily could have felt like insta-love which is a complete turnoff, but that quickly changed as his relationship with Tilia developed through multiple (near death) obstacles.

Tilia herself is awesome full stop. She is smart and resourceful, brutal yet compassionate and Pirate Princess is very much a coming of age story where she learns to embrace all those qualities and her roles – adapted to suit her of course. The girl will stand up for what she wants as well as for those she loves.

I also couldn’t get enough of the beautifully written world where so many fantastic events take place (the pirate festival sounds like so much fun! I would be pretty terrible in it but I can always pretend through Tilia…) There was always something to capture my attention and keep the pages turning. I cannot wait for the next instalment along with more from one of my new favourite authors Catherine Banks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars and it was a nice touch to have that strong heroine captured in the ... 21 December 2015
By Kelsey Nelson - Published on
I chose this novel to read due to the fantasy aspect of it. I am all over fantasy wen it comes down to it, and this was a rather well-written, riveting story, that captured the readers attention throughout the novel. Miss Catherine Banks, brought a time period back to life within this novel, and it was a nice touch to have that strong heroine captured in the main character, Tilia.

We are introduced to Tilia within the first few pages of the novel. A strong-headed gal, she is the Pirate King's daughter, Princess of Crilian, and overall seems to be a pretty kick-ass person throughout the novel. I did like that the characters kicked right off. I felt as if Miss Banks did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life within a matter of pages, BUT they still had the depth that was needed to create the story line, and keep it where she wanted it. I enjoyed the fact that Miss Banks used names from previous time frames; Esmeralda being one of them.

The story line was awesome because it jumped from one emotion to another. There was not a moment that the story line was flat, or lacked emotion. From laughing out loud, to agonizing tearful moments, this novel really captured a lot of what I think the author was looking for from the reader. There wasn't a dull moment - it is based on a Pirate King's daughter after all! This was certainly an interesting read, and I am going to give it a strong 4 bars due to the fact that there were times that I thought the story line could have had a bit more umph to it.

Overall, this was a well-written debut novel by a new author, and I will be on the lookout for her other work. I was drawn to this book due to its cover, and the appeal that the synopsis held upon first glance. Job well done to Miss Banks on a great debut novel!
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger, Pirates, and Princesses! 18 November 2015
By readingteeners - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes a girl just needs to read a book with a strong female character and a fun fantasy twist that is both exciting and daring. Pirate Princess is a fantastic young adult story that will appeal to readers both young and old. This story has a fantastic set of people and exciting adventures that will take you on a ride that you did not see coming.

This book has everything I expected and more. Tilia is a fantastic young adult heroine. She is smart, resourceful, and kind. She is a young woman who embraces who she is and learns to be true to herself, no matter the cost. Tilia has a strong female role that is a great example of a fierce warrior and beautiful princess. I loved how she pushed against the stereotypical norms of society in her world and was loved and supported by those around her. Tilia's character is what makes this story so great. She is a girl seeking adventure and learning to step into her role in life. I loved watching her experience life and grow into a young woman. In this book we see her fall in love and embrace her magical abilities and fighting skills. We see her learn to balance every part of who she is and learn to thrive in that role.

I loved the excitement of the pirate realm and the world this book presents in general. There is danger, intrigue, and magic. When you roll all those aspects into one, you are bound to have an exciting tale of adventure. This book took several twists and turns I did not anticipate, giving the reader more than they expected. I loved how Catherine takes the world we dive into and makes it tangible. You see the realities of a girl growing up and her excitement for what is next. When that is coupled with magic and pirates, you know that there is going to be some exciting themes to enjoy.

Another aspect I loved of this story is the community around Tilia. Every person that we meet in this story is significant. They all weave in and out of Tilia's story, enlightening the reader on more of her who she is and explaining the way that she reacts. I loved her Aunt and Uncle and Faxon. These three are so important in her life and to see them interact and have fun was heartwarming. I love getting to meet the different pirates and friends Tilia comes into contact with. Each encounter adds depth to the story and many times allows for a new direction in the story. There are plot twists you expect and some that you will not see coming.

Pirate Princess is a daring young adult story of a young woman who is growing into her rightful place in the world. Tilia is fierce and lovable, surrounding herself with characters that enhance her life. This story is not short on exciting destinations and stories of old, all of which create a book that will grab your attention. I am excited to see more of Tilia, Finn, Captain Rocco, and all the royalty of the land in future stories from Catherine Banks!
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a strong Princess that proves to also be a mighty Pirate? Look no further! 12 November 2015
By Caterina - Published on
I had never really read a book about pirates before, but now that I have, I am totally planning on making it a habit!

In this novel, we follow through Tilia's, Princess of Crilian and the daughter of the most feared and mighty pirate, who just so happens to be called the King of Pirates, exciting and adventurous life.

There are several events taking place in the pages of this book, with lots of funny, heart-breaking, agonizing moments. There were even several surprises taking places, with some revelations I hadn't really expected. This only added to the book's appeal!

As for the characters, they were all well-developed, interesting personalities. I even loved the fact that the author was realistic about it, showing that sometimes bad guys can be found in unexpected places, in the face of people the heroine wanted to trust and love.

Tilia was a strong heroine, quite feisty at times, but very brave and full of surprises. I liked watching the events unfolding through her eyes.

One of my favorite characters was also Esmeralda, the Queen, and also Tilia's aunt! She wasn't like the queens I'ved been used to read about, something that I greatly enjoyed. And don't even get me started about her dear, loving husband, Jared, the King! He, along with Faxon the Mage were my favorite male heroes while reading this novel!

I also loved Tilia's love interest and the drama that surrounded the couple at times! Finn was a brave boy who proved to care deeply for the Pirate Princess, even if their love was tested through a number of circumstances.

The plot flowed quite easily and the amount of events taking place in the book didn't allow for the reader to feel bored.

All in all, 4,5 stars for quite an amazing experience that connects
two of my favorite things, a Pirate and a Princess, all in one!
5.0 out of 5 stars I give it five out of five stars and a place on my favorites list! 3 November 2015
By Ivey Byrd - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A pirate princess with deadly skills with a dagger, rival pirates, dashing pirate captains, and life threatening adventures. What could go wrong?
I was so excited when Catherine asked me to review her book, Pirate Princess for her because I love her books. For this book, the title instantly had my attention, as well as the cover. I usually don't like covers with faces on them, but with the sword and ship on the cover too it all comes together to create a mysterious atmosphere that screams a fun adventure. THERE WAS ALSO A MAP. I love bookish maps, and when a book has a map in the beginning of it, a fun and exciting journey is bound to be in store.
I was hooked onto this story from the first paragraph, no lie. I immediately dove into Tilia's world, and there was no looking back after that. Just from the first chapter I became emotionally invested in Tilia, and her father, the king of pirates, due to their heartfelt farewell in the beginning. I wanted to know what would happen to Tilia and how she would fair with her aunt, the queen of Crilan. I have to say that the women in this novel were BADASS. The queen herself was a firecracker, a master swordsman, a powerful Mage, and she readily charged into battle along with her husband and the rest of the soldiers. Women were seen as equal in this novel, which is rare for the era it was set in, and I freaking loved it. I also loved Talia's character.
I loved how fiery and quick-witted she was. Talia was a character that made me laugh a lot as the story went on. She was also an amazing fighter. She didn’t take crap from anyone, and she scared most of the men around her, which I happened to love. She was full of surprises, and she was strong, which was obvious. However, she also had a soft side which wasn’t so obvious at first. I really loved getting to see things from her POV for sure. Honestly, all the characters in this book were amazing. They were fun, fiery, sarcastic, thoughtful, and so protective of Talia.
Speaking of being protective, I loved how overprotective everyone was of Talia too even though she was more than capable of protecting herself. It was funny seeing her uncle and father get mad over possible suitors, and Finn, her pirate suitor, who had my heart doing all kinds of crazy things. Finn was the smoothest of all smooth talkers, and he had the confidence to back it up. He was a fierce pirate captain and he was protective of Talia as well. I loved how he and Talia interacted. Their first meeting was hilarious, and I knew then that together sparks would fly and they would take the kingdoms by storm, all the while stealing kisses and being awesome.
And I was right to assume that they would take the kingdoms by storm. This book was FULL of action and fun adventures. I couldn't put it down because I was so engrossed in it, and I would have finished it in a day, but I had to sleep. This was the kind of book that you lose yourself in. I entered the world of Crilan, Pirates, magic, kingdoms, badass women, and fight scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat. We got to see Talia explore the ocean with Finn, fight angry pirates and kings, protect those she loved, and sacrifice everything to save them. This is a book that will satisfy everyone who loves a story that can captivate you and hold onto your attention until long after you've finished it.
I cannot express to you how much I loved this book to be honest. Pirate Princess had everything I love a book to have in it. It had a badass heroine who frightened most people with her skills, a protective family that was hilarious and crazy all at one, a pirate father who instilled fear into everyone with just his name, a jealous pirate captain who threatened everyone who touched what was his, and adventures that kept my attention locked onto every page of the book. If THAT doesn't prompt you to read this book then I don't know what will. HOWEVER, I will mention that my fellow Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas fans will freaking adore this book. Talia and Aelin are so similar in attitude and demeanor that they would definitely be best friends if they ever met in real life. So there is that. Basically, this is the kind of book where I will get multiple copies of it just because I love it so much, and I've only done that with The Fault in Our Stars and Sarah J. Maas' books so you KNOW it's good.
I've read Cathrine's Artemis Lupine series and her other novel, Daughter of Lions, and loved them all, and Pirate Princess was no different!