Ultimate Blog Tour: The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar #TheWriteReads #BlogTour #BlogTour

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Welcome everyone to my stop on another greatBlog Tour organised by the wonderful Dave @The_WriteReads and Puffin Books!!
A massive THANK YOU to Dave and Puffin for my stunning ARC for this months tour. They paperback looks even more stunning!!!
So, without further ado let’s get this today’s tour for The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

The Ship of Shadows

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Format: eBook/paperback/Hardback

Publisher: Puffin Books

Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure

Publication Date: 16th July 2020

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“Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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My Thoughts & Review

The Ship of Shadows is a fast paced middle grade where we follow a young girl called Aleja on a magical filled adventure through the high seas, with an all female pirate crew (how cool is that!!)

The story is very well written, and are drawn into the story from the very beginning. I had planned to take my sweet time reading this one but honestly I just couldn’t. I just found it too difficult not to pick it up whenever I got the opportunity. I just wanted to keep reading.

I really loved how the pirates were all women, and it shows women are just a capable of taking on roles that are usually given to male characters. I also absolutely loved discovering how diverse the pirates were. We get pirates from all different backgrounds as well some great representation of disabilities, as well as a f/f relationship. The best part was all the characters were accepted for who they were and were never discriminated.

Now even though I loved all the characters in their own individual ways, I did have my favourite. And yes, you’ve probably already guessed it was Aleja. She is so determined to make her dreams of becoming a famous explorer, travelling around the seas. On a couple of occasions, she was a little annoying, but overall she was a feisty, smart girl who loves to read.

All in all, a great middle grade that I will definitely be recommending to a few of my nieces and nephews who are the perfect age for this book. I also recommend it to anyone no matter how old you are!!

My Rating:


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Meet The Author

Maria Kuzniar

Maria Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world, which inspired her debut novel The Ship of Shadows. Now she lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as she can and bookstagrams at @cosyreads. She is always planning her next adventure.

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  1. This book is getting such glowing reviews from everyone!!! It’s definitely on my TBG list aka To be gifted πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– think my niece would love it. Great review Mani πŸ’›πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ§‘

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