Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: Terror of the Southlands, by Caroline Carlson

The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates Series #2)


When I reviewed the first book in this series last year, I referred to it as another series I was going to become addicted to. Interesting characters, humor, adventure, and complete disrespect for High Society - what more could you want? When the second in the series finally appeared in my mailbox last week, it went right to the top of my TBR pile.

"Tell me, Pirate Westfield: When was the last time you drew your sword against an enemy? Or stole a stash of loot from a fellow buccaneer? When was the last time you sailed off on a thrilling High Seas adventure?"
Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she's the Terror of the Southlands! She's daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn't found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn't fighting off as many scallywags as she'd like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?
There is only one thing to do—find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation. With the help of first mate Charlie, finishing-school friend Claire, and the self-proclaimed intrepid gargoyle, Hilary sets sail on a swashbuckling expedition that may or may not involve a kidnapped Enchantress, bumbling inspectors, a mysterious group called the Mutineers, and—the most terrifying thing of all—a High Society ball.
I was not disappointed in the least, and chuckled my way through as Hilary and her friends fought through exploding magical pieces and green ball gowns (the ball scene was even better than I had hoped), to rescue Miss Pimm and determine what it really means to be a nearly honorable pirate. I am already looking forward to the third title (in which I hope we will see more of Miss Alice, hint to Mrs Carlson!)

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