Sunday, June 19, 2016
The Abyss Surrounds Us Book Review
"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."
Wow! This was a fun adventure ride! I got this book because I heard "lesbian pirates and sea-monsters", how could I not pick it up?! I was not disappointed!
I liked the book at the start and as I kept reading I enjoyed it more and more. I fell in love with the main characters. The main character is Cassandra Leung, and as I learned her thoughts and feelings on what was going on I couldn't help but relate a bit. She isn't always sure of herself, she's a good person at heart and has what she thinks she knows to be right tested and realizes, stuff isn't as black and white as she thought they were. I loved that so much!
She is flawed and has personality but, to me at least, she shined. Even when stuff was questionable at best I ended up understanding her feelings and why she did the things she did. I loved the development she went through throughout the story.
The world-building is woven into the story and I didn't feel bogged down with confusing details but instead was immersed into the world of pirates on the open seas.
I can't wait for the 2nd book as this is, i'm pretty sure, set to be a duology! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars