Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Spoiler-free)

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have a book review for you! I will be reviewing Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I ended up reading this book for the Scallywagathon! It was a ton of fun, even though I didn’t read too much.

Let’s start this review out with some stats.

Page Count: 308
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (MacMillan)
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King
Book Number: Book 1
Received From: OwlCrate
Form: Hardcover



Daughter of the Pirate King is about a girl who, you guessed it, is the daughter of the Pirate King. The book begins with her being captured by a rival ship. Why would she do this, you may ask? For her father. He set her out with the mission of finding something on that ship. The best way to do it? Get captured.

This book was full of hilarious moments, a push-and-pull romance, and heartbreak. It had everything I loved in a book. I was stuck from the beginning. I didn’t ever want to put it down. I needed to know what happened next.

My biggest issue with the story is that it seemed to make abuse okay. It was obvious that she has grown up being abused and she was okay with that because it was “training.” It could be tough for someone who has been abused to read this book so be careful.

Another trigger warning is sexual assault and rape. It doesn’t actually happen in the book but it is mentioned multiple times, so be careful.

It may have been a bit predictable, but there were things that I didn’t think were going to happen because of what they were but they did. But that didn’t take away from my love of this book.

I gave the story 3 out of 4 points.


Since we’re talking about the story itself and not the writing, let’s talk about characters.

The characters weren’t perfect, they could even be stretched into saying they were all the bad guys/girls. Some were just less bad.

I absolutely loved how the main character played off the main male, and vice versa. They were both so snarky and that made my soul happy. These are the types of characters that make me love books. Morally gray, but you can’t help but to love them and want the best for them.

I gave 4 out of 4 points.


Let’s get into the writing next.

The writing in this seemed to be perfect to me. It was simple, but not in a bad way. It wasn’t overly simple. It wasn’t “dumbed down” for the audience. It was a bit predictable at points, but I feel like a lot of the things I guessed, were made obvious on purpose. They were meant to distract the reader. You think this is supposed to be the big plot twist, but instead something even more shocking happens! I loved it.

There was a lot of points where the main character was telling rather than showing but they fit perfectly. There were a lot of points in the book where she wasn’t communicating with people so she had a lot of inner monologue going on. It was a wonderful way to share the information necessary to know what’s going on in the book and for future books.

I gave the writing 4 out of 4.


Now continuing on with the writing, let’s talk pacing. How well was this book paced?

I feel like this book was a perfect speed for me. It was a quick and easy read but it wasn’t rushed or too slow. A lot of first books seem to just be world and character building. This definitely had those moments but it was the perfect amount.

I gave pacing 4 out of 4 points.

Personal Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, I loved this book. It was so addicting for me. I didn’t want to put it down. Ever. I cannot wait for the second one to come out so I can get straight into that.

I gave this book 4 out of 4 points for my personal thoughts.

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Review: Diamond by JA Low (Spoiler-free)

Hello! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have my review for Diamond by JA Low. I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

This will be spoiler-free (mostly) even if you haven’t read the first book, Sapphire. You can click on the title to go see my review.

The reason I say this will be mostly spoiler-free is because I will kind of be spoiling the ending of Sapphire. Technically I won’t go into details, but it will kind of be a bit of a general spoiler.

Let’s do this!


First, stats.

Form: eBook (I got this from NetGalley but, from what I know, in the US, it’s only available in eBook form)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Pub Date: October 29, 2017
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Series: Bratva Jewels (Book 2)

Trigger Warnings: Drug Abuse, Rape, Sexual Assault, Depression, Suicide (I can’t vouch for how any of these things are handled because I haven’t personally dealt with any of these things in the way it was dealt with in the book)

Now, onto my breakdown.

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Let’s start by talking about the writing

Writing: 3/4

I was addicted to JA Low’s writing from the first time I read Sapphire. I had a bit of an issue getting into this book, but I know that’s because of when I read it. I wasn’t in the right mindset to be reading this type of book. The moment that I picked it back up at 15%, I was drawn in once again.

I had an unproofread copy of this that I got from NetGalley.   So I didn’t take any points off because of mistakes that could have been fixed in the proofread. But I did take a point off because there was something off about the writing. I absolutely adore JA Low’s storytelling but there was just something that was causing me to give it 3 points instead of 4.

Characters: 3/4

I loved each and every character in this book. Well, the ones that you were supposed to. They had so much depth to each of them and they were just wonderful. I couldn’t get enough of the interactions between the characters. I loved slowly learning their back stories and trying to guess what’s going on with them.

I did take a point off, though, because they all seemed too “perfect.” Not in the sense that they didn’t have any flaws, but more in the sense that they were all skinny, muscular, beautiful, etc. It would have been nice to have a little bit of a change. It fit for the story, but it still would have been nice.

Story: 3/4

I absolutely adored this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat and excited the whole time. I couldn’t get enough of the action and romance. It was a perfect balance for me. This book picks up where the last one left off, but it follows Sapphire/Zoe’s sister, Diamond/Grace. She ends up being kidnapped once again, but a gorgeous assassin for Bratva. But Grace ends up questioning everything when he stays with her through her entire detox.

There were some things that felt a bit forced or didn’t make entirely perfect sense, but it worked for this story. It was a wonderful guilty pleasure read for me, but I took off a point just because of how forced and a bit over dramatic it seemed.

Pacing: 4/4

The pacing was just perfect for me. Every time you thought you were going to lose interest, it brought you right back into the story. I didn’t want to put this book down. I read 85% of it in a single day, which almost never happens for me. I’m sure that if I would have started from page one when I picked this book back up, I would have read the entire thing in a day. And the ending was a wonderful cliffhanger.

I personally probably would have ended it just a bit earlier and put the epilogue after a certain point, but either way, the ending left me needing more.

Personal Thoughts: 4/4

I absolutely adored this book. It was so addicting. I couldn’t get enough of it. Even the issues the I had, weren’t issues for me. I seem to have a bit of a problem with most adult books that I read, but JA Low just knows how to write it in a way that I adore.

Overall: 17/20 Points
Stars: 4.5/5

Let me know if you’ve read this book or if I’ve convinced you to in the comments. These books might not be for everyone, but they are such guilty pleasures for me.

Now I’m working on reading the first book in JA Low’s Dirty Texas series. I’m only a 9% in and I’m already addicted.

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Spoiler-Free Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts; The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by KC Tansley

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Today I have a spoiler-free review of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts and The Girl Who Saved Ghosts both by KC Tansley.

I received both of these from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.

First, let’s break these books down.

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

Genre: Science Fiction, Kind of Thriller-y
Page Count: 258
Pub Date: July 31, 2015

Point Breakdown

Writing: 2/4
Characters: 3/4
Story: 3/4
Pacing: 2/4
Personal: 3/4
Overall: 13/20 (3.5/5 Stars)

The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

Page Count: 280
Pub Date: October 17, 2017

Point Breakdown

Writing: 2/4
Characters: 2/4
Story: 1/4
Pacing: 1/4
Personal: 2/4
Overall: 8/20 (2.5/5 Stars)

So, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the first was okay for me but the second, I didn’t like. Let’s kind of get into that without any spoilers.

The first was decent. It wasn’t my favorite book but it was a quick read and it kept my attention a good chunk of the time. There were points where I started to lose interest but I knew that I’d get it back if I continued. Some of the actions just felt forced to me at times. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I’m glad I read it.

In the book, it follows Kat, a girl who is trying to deny the fact that there are ghosts in the world. She saw them when she was younger but due to an incident that happened, she had to stop believing. But due to a project for school, she ends up getting closer and closer to running into a ghost and being forced to believe again.

For a summer project, she ends up traveling with 3 other people to the place she is investigating to try to solve the murder that happens there. Everything is going fine and dandy (sarcasm) until suddenly she is dragged into the past along with one of the guys she was traveling with. Now she must try to solve the murder back in the time leading up to it.

The premise sounded great! I was very interested. It could have gone a long way, but it just didn’t cut it for me.

Then I got into the second book. Okay. I was excited to see where the story was going to go. Started out great. I read a good portion of it in one sitting. Then suddenly, it went downhill. It just seemed to be dragging on and on. I just couldn’t seem to get back into it every time that I would pick it up. It took me forever to finish it.

I’m not going to give a synopsis because of spoilers, but it continues off a short time after the ending of the first one.

I just feel like this book suffered from second book syndrome. There wasn’t much plot to it, it seemed. It was literally just a bunch of build up for the next book.

Overall, it’s kind of an iffy series for me. I’m not going to continue on with it, but I know there are people who would enjoy it. It was definitely a spooky read and I wanted to know where things were going to go most of the time.

As always, I recommend you read it for yourself and form your own opinion, but I personally did not like them very much.

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Book Review: A List of Cages (Spoiler-Free)


I didn’t even realize that I didn’t have any pictures of A List of Cages. What kind of human am I?

Alright. Let’s get into the stats on this book.


Genre: Hard Hitting Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 4/5
Character Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (4/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a contemporary that will make them cry and feel all the feels.
Trigger Warnings: Child abuse (physcial and mental). This is a tough book to get through and I just want you to know that the abuse scenes are described in great detail.


Let’s start with a general summary. I like going into books knowing as little as possible so I’ll try to keep it to what I would have liked to know going into this book.

This story is a hard hitter, as I’ve already said. It follows two different POVs, Adam and Julian. These two boys have a history together due to a tragic accident in Julian’s past. At the time of this book, Adam is a senior in High School and Julian is a freshman.

Adam is helping out the counselor at the school and is assigned to make sure Julian actually goes to his appointments. During that time, Adam and Julian begin getting closer but Adam realizes that there’s something off about Julian.

Julian just wants to be blend in. He doesn’t want to cause trouble for anyone, especially his uncle, Russell. Anything to keep Russell from getting mad at him. But when Adam starts getting closer to Julian, how will he manage to keep the balance?

(I don’t know if that would be an accurate description of Julian’s side, but we’ll just go with it)

Ease of Reading

Now onto some of my thoughts. Let’s start out with how easy/hard it was to read.

This book was such a quick read for me. After going through the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I’ve been on a contemporary/romance kick. This was another that I managed to read in about 2 days (probably less because I had to work 8 hours both days and sleep during the day).

Now, just because it was a quick read, doesn’t mean it was mentally easy. This book broke my heart so many times. I don’t even know how many times I had to just put the book down because I was reading on my lunch and I didn’t want to break down and cry in the break room.

I still can’t stop thinking about a lot of  what happened in this book. I’ve always been iffy about reading books with child abuse, but this book has pushed me to read more. I want to read A Child Called It at some point. I know that it’ll crush me.

This book read like a children’s classic would for me. All the books I read in school (like The Outsiders and The Giver) had the same feel, even though they were different subjects and writing styles. They just gave off the same feel while reading. Like this would be a book that someone would read in school. If that makes any sense.

I had the lovely Taylor proofread this for me and helped me keep it spoiler free. And she pointed out that during the Java and the Librarians live show, they mentioned Adam’s parts felt YA and Julian’s felt more MG. Which makes sense. Adam was a senior and Julian was a freshman. So well done with that, Roe.


Now onto the plot.

I was going to do characters first but the characters were such an important part of this story that, in my opinion, they were more important than the plot.

Now, the plot was kind of slow burning but it needed to be. A lot of time went by (I believe it was an entire school year) during these 320 pages but a lot seemed to happen with the character growth. I’ll get more into that in the character portion of this.

Plot wise, there was a lot of lead up to the turning point then a lot of lead up to the climax. But it was all necessary, in my opinion. With a story like this, there needs to be a lot of repetitive behavior and not too much “action.”

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of “action” in this book. I’ll just get into the characters to get into that more.


The characters were my favorite part about this book. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such strong feelings about characters. There were characters I loved, characters I absolutely despised (like, more than Umbridge. Yeah), characters I just wanted to snuggle, characters that I needed more of. Everything. I love the characters of this book so much. Robin Roe did such a great job and writing them.

Now, back to the “action.” There were a lot of repetitive scenes and characters doing the same things over and over. But there was always something different. The characters were always changing. Like, (not spoilery) there are a bunch of scenes of Adam and his friends at lunch and every single one of them show growth in all of the characters. It always shows something different. I absolutely love that.

Characters make a story for me. If I hate the characters, I don’t care what happens and I don’t end up liking the story, usually. This book was everything. The characters were wonderful and that kept me very interested in what was going to happen to them.

*Disclaimer: this next part will be semi-spoilery, so tread carefully*

Now, there were some issues with the characters that did bother me and it bothered me a lot. The adults seemed to be useless. They were all either mean people or didn’t seem to care/realize what was going on. Which, I feel like is unrealistic. The way it was all handled would have been pretty obvious for teachers/counselors to suspect something and question it.

*Semi-spoiler is over. Now I have a major spoiler thought I need to share. Skip to Overall if you don’t want spoilers*

The most frustrating part of this entire book was Adam. When he found out about what was going on, he decided not to tell anyone. Which he also knew he should have but he listened to his friends. Which, it makes sense, a little bit. As a teenager, he doesn’t really understand completely what’s going on or how things should be handled. But Roe made him out to be so naive and that frustrated me.

*spoilers over! Continue!*


Overall, I adored this book. I only took away .5 stars because there was just something that I can’t put my finger on that make me take away that .5. There was just a little tiny bit of SOMETHING missing. I couldn’t begin to imagine what that is.

Maybe it was the fact that it was a bit slow at times, but I still loved those parts. They may have been slow “action” wise, but they were wonderful for the characters. I don’t know.

I love this book and if you think you can handle reading about child abuse from the victim’s POV, do it. I feel like as long as it’s not triggering for you, you should read it. It’s such an important read.

Have you read this book? What were your spoiler-free thoughts? If you’re going to put spoilers in your comment, either message me privately or say that you’re putting spoilers in it. If you don’t, I’ll comment. So people who don’t want to be spoiled while reading comments, check for the spoiler warnings.


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Book Review: Sapphire by JA Low *Spoiler Free*

** I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review **

There is so much different about this post than my other reviews. It’ll be set up differently and will be posted at a random time on a day I never post. 

I finished this book at 5am and I couldn’t just not write and post the review. I needed to share my thoughts. 

This story follows three characters: Mateo, the popular underwear model and actor, Tomas, the son of a conservative family, and Zoe, the girl who ends up on the doorstep of these two closeted men’s home near death. What shall happen as these two gorgeous men nurse this beautiful woman back to health? Read this and see. 

I adored this book. 4.5/5 stars for me. I loved it. I fell in love with the characters immediately and was hooked on the story from the beginning. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s a mix of love, hate, frustration, and need to know what happens next. 

That being said, I did have a problem with this book. It seemed to be rushed a bit at the end because the beginning was focused too much on the relationship building and sex. But! It worked out in the end. It was necessary to buildup the relationship. And the love that was shared made me melt. It was wonderful. 

This is unlike anything I have personally read and I’m so grateful for that. It’s definitely peaked my interest for these types of stories. 

Trigger Warnings: 

Rape, sexual assault, depression, suicidal thoughts 

(if you’ve read this and you know of more, let me know so I can update this)

This book comes out July 30th, 2017. 

Let me know if you’re going to check it out! 

Book Review: Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Spoiler-free)

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I finally got around to reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy (previously known as the Grisha trilogy). It took me a while but I did it!

I have to start by thanking Melissa from The Written Adventure. We buddy read Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have finished this trilogy when I did.

Let’s just get into my review.


Books in Series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Page Count: 356, 432, 417
Pub Month/Year: June 2012, June 2013, June 2014
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Character Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5, 3/5, 4/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5, 1.5/5, 3.5/5 (2.5/5)
Recommend To: Fans of fantasy. I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but I do recommend reading this series before reading that. It seemed like a nice intro to the Grisha world.

Alright, so in case you haven’t realized, I wasn’t a huge fan of this trilogy. The last book made it mostly worth it, though.

This was a decent series. For being the beginning of the Grisha world, it was okay. It could have been better, but I think that it was mainly just my personal preference that didn’t like it. I know for a fact that a lot of people adore this series and I know a lot of people will enjoy it when they do read it. It just wasn’t for me really.

Unfortunately, a lot of it had to do with the fact I hated a lot of the characters. I liked two people. I didn’t care about the main relationship. I didn’t feel anything when bad things happened. Except the ending. I felt that.

I did enjoy the cliffhangers at the ends of the series. They weren’t enough that I wanted to read the next book as soon as I finished it, but they did leave me wanting a bit more.

Now, onto my issues. The first book, there wasn’t really any real reason I didn’t like it. It was just meh to me. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, but it was written well enough and was enjoyable.

The second book, on the other hand, I did not like at all. It had hardcore second book syndrome. It was just building up for the last book. It was boring, in my opinion. It was a good addition because the buildup was necessary, but it just put me to sleep, so to speak.

The last book was the best in the series, in my opinion. It had the action I was looking for, the romance (even though I didn’t care about the couple), and a little bit of a twist (even though I pretty much saw it coming). It was a good book. Nothing too great, but better than the other two, definitely.

Now, that being said, I am looking forward to reading Six of Crows. I’m probably going to end up buddy reading it with Melissa again, of course, that’s if she wants to.

I still recommend reading this series before Six of Crows just because it gives an introduction to the world. And I believe that Six of Crows is a while after Ruin and Rising ends so it’ll be nice to know the history of the world.

I’m also looking forward to reading Language of Thorns. It’s going to be interesting, I hope.

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Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

So, this review is going to be different for all my others. I am not home on my computer, I’m on my phone. I wanted this to go up tomorrow (it’s Friday) so I just decided to write it on my phone!

Let’s just get into it. 

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was definitely a favorite of the year. I didn’t want to put it down. I was addicted. 

I felt so connected to Taylor. The thoughts she was having were very similar to ones I have had or do have. 

There are so many things that I was able to connect with when it came to this story. I was really awesome to have that. It was also a very quick read. I flew through it. I would have had it done in one sitting if it weren’t for the fact I had to work. 

And the couples in this book were the best. They made my soul happy. I don’t know how many times during this book I was outwardly smiling or saying “aww.” And there was even a couple points where I felt like crying. 

I’m so glad I read this book. So very glad. I highly recommend it. 

There’s not much else that I can say about this besides the fact the author is my hero 😂 Just by reading some of her answers for the questions in the back, I connected. 

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