Author: Caroline Carlson
Year Published: 2014
Genre(s): fantasy, middle-grades
Finished on: June 16, 2015
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first in the series, but I did enjoy getting to spend some more time with Hilary, Charley, the Gargoyle, and the rest of the gang.
The premise of the series is charming — a young girl from an affluent family aspires to become a pirate (instead of a “society lady”) and ends up becoming the “Terror of the Southalnds.” But it’s a hard premise to sustain, given how difficult it is for a child to behave in a believably “piratical” fashion, so it started to wear thin in this second book.
I was glad to see that there’s only one more in the series, but I think I’ll wait a few months or more before listening to that one, in the hopes that will make the story seem a bit more “fresh” than this one did. But I still gave this one four stars rather than three, simply because I love the concept behind it (and the strong female lead) and wish there were more books like this to read!