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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker

Author: Jade Parker
Pages: 226
Publisher: Point
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Dominant Themes: Pirates

Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go. When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing. 

A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him. But now she’s in danger of him stealing far more valuable this time: her heart.

Annalisa is sailing the seas with her father, heading to an island called Mourning where her father is to be governor. But along the way, things run amuck when a crew of pirates ransacks their ship and steals her father’s treasure. Now Annalisa is sailing the seas alone, determined to get the treasure back from James Sterling, and save her father. Unfortunately for Annalisa, James is just as charming as he is devilish, and the more time they spend together, the more she falls for him. But can a pirate be trusted?

To Catch a Pirate was a very short book, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Jade Parker, which is a pseudonym for Rachel Hawthorne, was able to create an entertaining and immersing historical romance that drew me in from the beginning. I was lucky enough to have this novel in my bag one especially boring day when my dad was renovating the new house that we would soon move into, and none of my things were there. So I picked it up and started reading, and by the time the paint had dried, I was done.

Characters like Annalisa, who was very brave and headstrong, and James, the roguishly handsome pirate, added life to this novel. In the short confines of the 226 pages of this book, I was able to be pulled into the characters’ thoughts and emotions, and actually care.

This novel is a fun, light read for fans of historical romance, but also for anyone else interested in a good book. Since it’s quite short, it’ll take no time at all to read.

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Uniqueness\Creativity: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5


  1. Ooh, you can't go wrong with pirates. I haven't heard of this one before, will have to keep my eyes open for it.

  2. I read this book a while ago and loved it. It IS a very short read, but it is very good. And it's pirates! Hello?!

    I'm glad you liked it. :) Great review!

  3. Oh, I remember this book! I think I still have my copy lying about somewhere. I thought it was such a cute read, very fun and easy to get into. I might have to locate it again and give it a quick re-read. Thanks for the review, dear! :)

  4. This book was absoulutely fantastic! It is also very good for school projects! This is an easy and great read! I think anyone whould like it :) who doesn't like pirates ??


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