I finished reading Steel by Carrie Vaughn for an Around the World Tour.
When Jill finds a rusty sword tip on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued—and little expects it will transport her through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Will a dark enchantment, salty kisses, and a duel with an evil pirate captain leave her stranded in the eighteenth century forever?
Drawing on piratical lore and historical fact, Carrie Vaughn creates a vivid world of swaying masts and swelling seas, where blood magic overrules the laws of nature, romance is in the air, and death can come at the single slip of a sword.
This was definitely a unique story. You don't find many pirate stories that have a girl as the main character (or at least, I haven't read any). I liked reading this from a female point of view.
This was definitely an action drived story. There really didn't seem to be much character development. But hey, its a pirate story. It's going to be action-packed, right? I would have liked to get to know a little more about Jill and even Henry. And while the summary of the book says that romance was in the air, I find that to be kind of false. There was only one brief romantic scene at all.
If you're looking for a unique, action-packed story, then I think you'll like this one.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Steel will be released on March 15, 2011.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 157
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 122
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 111
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.