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Blurb (from Goodreads):
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.
There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was an interesting fantasy/pirate story, with genetically engineered beasts!
Cas had to make some tough decisions in this book, and I didn’t blame her for the choices she made. Being kidnapped by pirates does not sound like fun!
The storyline in this was about Cas’ kidnapping, and the expectation that she would train an illegal Reckoner pup for the pirates. We also got a little bit of girl-on-girl romance, and a couple of twists thrown in also. The pace was a little up and down for me though, with lots of action one moment, and then a dull patch that followed it.
The ending to this was okay, but it was obvious that there would be more adventures for Cas in the future.
6.5 out of 10