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Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, The: The Terror of the Southlands Unabr

Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, The: The Terror of the Southlands Unabr

Escrito por Caroline Carlson

Narrado por Katherine Kellgren


Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, The: The Terror of the Southlands Unabr

Escrito por Caroline Carlson

Narrado por Katherine Kellgren

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4/5 (9 avaliações)
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7 horas
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Lançado em:
Sep 9, 2014
ISBN:
9780062329363
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Audiolivro

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"Tell me, Pirate Westfield: When was the last time you drew your sword against an enemy? Or stole a stash of loot from a fellow buccaneer? When was the last time you sailed off on a thrilling High Seas adventure?"

Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she's the Terror of the Southlands! She's daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn't found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn't fighting off as many scallywags as she'd like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?

There is only one thing to do—find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation. With the help of first mate Charlie, finishing-school friend Claire, and the self-proclaimed intrepid gargoyle, Hilary sets sail on a swashbuckling expedition that may or may not involve a kidnapped Enchantress, bumbling inspectors, a mysterious group called the Mutineers, and—the most terrifying thing of all—a High Society ball.

Caroline Carlson brings just as much rollicking fun, laughter, and action to this second book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates as she did with the first, Magic Marks the Spot.

Editora:
Lançado em:
Sep 9, 2014
ISBN:
9780062329363
Formato:
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Sobre o autor

Caroline Carlson is the author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series and The World's Greatest Detective. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at www.carolinecarlsonbooks.com.

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  • (3/5)
    For more reviews, Cover Snark and more, visit A Reader of Fictions.These days, I’m just not all that into middle grade books. That’s what I’m realizing. As they’re becoming, I think, increasingly popular, I’m trending the other way. I found Magic Marks the Spot to be hilarious and full of adventure. Somehow, though, I didn’t feel nearly as invested in this second book. It’s some combination of my mood, my boredom with most middle grade, and the book itself.The Terror of the Southlands is definitely cute and funny, as the first installment was. Reading it on the heels of Hook’s Revenge was probably a bit of a mistake. I was not in the right mood at all. You can expect to get a book that’s very close in tone to Magic Marks the Spot. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on the type of reader you are. For my part, I really hope to see any sort of middle grade fantasy get a lot darker in the later installments. Book one might be flufftastic, but book two should have higher stakes. The Terror of the Southlands does not; if anything, the stakes are diminished. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn’t what I wanted.Carlson’s writing continues to be delightful and humorous. My favorite parts of The Terror of the Southlands were actually the letters and newspaper articles at the end of each chapter. Such a technique is really hard to get right, but I think that Carlson makes them so interesting. They tend to have character discussion of what went on in the previous chapter, and they’re so funny. The one exception to this is the gargoyle’s memoir, which is a retelling of book one with him as the hero. Funny in theory, but trying in actuality.The other thing with middle grade fiction is that there doesn’t tend to be much romance, because obviously they’re very young. Romance really helps engage me in a story and there is none of it here. I think I remember having a ship in the previous book, but there’s no hint of romance here at all. Middle grade ships can be so cute with the handholding and the awkward flirting. Either Charlie and Claire or Charlie and Hilary could have been so completely adorable together, but oh well.The plot of The Terror of the Southlands is lacking the piratical bent to be honest. Hilary, in fact, receives a notice for unpiratical behavior at the beginning. If she doesn’t do something piratey, she will be removed from the League. This is good. Unfortunately, she goes to rescue her friend, the Enchantress, instead, which frankly is not a pirate thing. The argument made is that pirates watch out for their mates, but I’m not sure that that is actually true and also pirates definitely do like to steal things. In book one, she found treasure at least, but she doesn’t nothing remotely piratey in this book. What’s the point with having her be a pirate if she’s NOT a pirate? Why not have her join the royal navy or something?For all that, The Terror of the Southlands is definitely cute. I’m probably going to read the next book in the series anyway, but I do hope to see higher stakes and more actual pirate behavior in the next book. Also, is some romance too much to ask?
  • (5/5)
    I was worried that this would not be as good as the first book, but as it turns out, I had nothing to worry about! Filled with magic, adventure, and (of course) piracy, this tale will be long remembered by its readers as the best pirate yarn you’ll ever read. Arrrr!!!
  • (4/5)
    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!

  • (4/5)
    3.5 stars. Same light hearted writing and tongue in cheek portrayal of pirates and a life on the high seas as the first book. I wasn't quite as entertained, but I'm excited to see where book three goes. Full review on the blog.
  • (3/5)
    Hilary Westfield has finally achieved her ultimate goal in life: she’s an official member of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. But life as a pirate has been, as of late, not exactly full of thrills. This has clearly not gone unnoticed as she’s just received her first warning from the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates that her membership is about to be revoked if she doesn’t start acting more pirate-y. Hilary and her crew head off on a search to find the lost Enchantress and she can only hope that this mission helps her reputation as a pirate.While reading this, the one thing I kept thinking was this would be one adorable Disney movie. We’ve got Hilary, the young girl who wants nothing more than to be a world renowned pirate. There’s her unlikely companion, a talking gargoyle rather than the much expected parrot. Add to that are the more goofy than dangerous pirates, the clueless police inspectors, the snobbish patricians that frown upon pirates and the all-together light-hearted storyline that is quite delightful indeed. Definitely a perfect storyline for a Disney movie.More pirates, more adventures, more magic and of course more gargoyle make this an entertaining second installment in The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series. There isn’t much in the way of advancement in overall plot but this is such a fun read that readers of this series aren’t likely to mind.
  • (5/5)
    Ahoy mateys!!!! Guess what today is!!! The release date of the Terror of the Soutlands.If yer not reading the Terror of the Southlands, then yer gonna get thrown out of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. This is yer first warnin’.Hilary Westfield, the Terror of the Southlands herself, hasn’t raised her sword for months and if she doesn’t do something daring like slay a sea monster or defeat a rebel pirate, she is in danger of being tossed from the VNHLP. But when she hears that Eugenie Pimm, the Enchantress has disappeared, she decides to find her, because a pirate must always help a mate. Along with her first mate, Pirate Charlie Dove and her faithful gargoyle, she makes her way to Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, to find Miss Pimm gone. But she meets up with her old friend, Claire, who wants to help find the Enchantress and go on an adventure. So off they go, on a rousing sea-faring adventure, the likes of which should put Captain Blacktooth, the very president of this here VNHLP right about The Terror. But, nay, ’cause he’s against this adventure and skullduggery.But The Terror won’t be bullied because a pirate must NOT forget to be fearsome. Thar’s cannonball blasts and sword fights and rope tying and rescuing in this yarn. Thar’s pirating and disguising and magic. Thar’s grog drinkin’ and mast climbing and skullduggery galore.So, if’n yar goin’ to be a right proper pirate, then it’s the Terror of the Southlands that should be on the night stand in yer cabin. Don’t make me give you a second warnin’. Us pirate types are short on patience and my sword hand is itchin’.