I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and I’m currently 20% through and sort of considering DNF-ing it?
I really don’t like the way the story is narrated, and I don’t like the way Alosa’s apparently “badass” nature is portrayed. I love badass but if it isn’t done properly it sounds more obnoxious than anything else.
This author is doing a lot of show but not much tell. Sure, Alosa’s killed a bunch of pirates, stole a key, etc. But I hate the way she brags about it, her bragging makes it seem like it’s more effort involved. If there was less bragging, it would be more effective because I would get the impression that she’s so used to it and it’s so easy for her it’s hardly a big deal.
The tone also seems so much younger. She’s seventeen years old but I swear she ends up reminding me more of an eleven year old boy I know particularly well. Because of that, the dialogue also seemed super unrealistic to me. This girl is apparently such a skilled and badass person, and yet she speaks like a sassy eleven year old. The same for the captain.
So yeah. I’m not sure whether I’m going to keep pushing through or should just DNF this. Let me know what you think and your thoughts on this book in general! Speak soon 🙂