Saturday 14 March 2020

Book Review: Devil's Ballast by Meg Caddy (Historical YA)

Title: Devil's Ballast
Author: Meg Caddy
Text Publishing

Publication Date: 24 July 2020
eBook - PDF
Historical YA
ARC via NetGalley


Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her violent husband, James, into the arms of pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. Now she’s ensconced aboard Jack’s ship Ranger, passing as a cabin boy and playing her ruthless part in a crew that is raining down mayhem and murder on the ships of the Caribbean. But James Bonny is willing to pay to get his ‘property’ back. And pirate-hunter Captain Barnet is happy to take his money.

The Ranger’s a fast ship: Anne might just be able to outrun Barnet. But can she outrun the consequences of her relationship with Calico Jack?

Devil's Ballast is action-packed yet nuanced, culturally relevant and sharp as a cutlass. Based on the true story of Anne Bonny, this new novel by the remarkable Meg Caddy brings to life one of history’s most fascinating anti-heroines.

Devil's Ballast was a highly enjoyable read. It was nicely paced, with plenty of action, as well as some good drama and emotion. Anne was an absorbing character and I loved reading of her adventures and her interactions with those around her. The LGBT content was presented in a natural manner, without sensationalising it, and overall this was a delightful read that kept me well entertained over two nights. I recommend Devil's Ballast to YA historical fiction fans and those who enjoy YA stories with feisty heroines and plenty of action.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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