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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a promising start for a cozy, young adult adventure on the high seas. You get the classic elements of pirates and treasure maps, while also having the benefit of seeing the story unfold from the young orphan heroine, Evie Waters’s, point of view. It was fun reading about this kind of story from a girl’s perspective, but her overall characterization felt rough at times. She’s stubborn, strong willed and very nerdy, but it would have been more compelling to have a heroine with more dimensions to her personality. My favorite part of the novel was the world building, which we cleverly get to explore more in depth because Evie is an aspiring cartographer and must compensate for her lack of experience with her vast book-learned knowledge.

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Heather Lovelace

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love how the author crafts her stories. And this latest is such an interesting departure from her Hero High series. I loved the movement and feel of this book. It unfolded beautifully and really grabbed my attention. I love a good swashbuckling tale and this felt original. It was a truly enjoyable read that unfolded like a movie in my mind.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Danielle Thompson

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara is an adventurous pirate fantasy spun artfully around the main character Evie Waters. Evie is a 19 year old orphaned-as-an-infant young woman who despite her shortcoming makes up for it in her charismatic determination and intelligence. The diverse supporting cast of secondary characters bring her quest to find her parents on the high seas to life. The author truly gave these characters depth and life that does wonders in keeping the plotline moving in a captivating way. While the book’s target audience is YA it is also befitting for readers in the New Adult and Adult age groups who enjoy a delightful adventure that will truly suck you into the tale.

Another aspect to enjoy about this story is that you have a vast water encompassed world explored through Evie’s quest. Different nooks and crannies of the ports and islands that Evie finds herself are presented in a way that you can imagine the settings vividly without losing the story’s pace. The imagery of the different ships, bustling markets, divey bars, and (starkly different) posh palace interiors give the fantasy world a sense of wondrous tangibility.

The action is balanced with humor and tender moments throughout the book. Though Evie was raised an orphan she is able to find a home for herself and more on the seas with her newfound companions. The ending to this first book is well written and seems to close Evie’s initial adventures. As a reader I can’t wait to dive into the second book.

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Erica Shoebridge

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cozy Fantasy book to curl up with. This plot has loads of wonderful themes – pirates, kidnappings, treasure maps and adventure. Evie Waters, the teenage orphan heroine, is a nerdy, book-loving cartographer-wannabe who longs to explore the world. She is smart, with a near-perfect memory, and although she yearns for faraway lands, she is soft-spoken and timid. When events conspire to allow her to live out her dreams, she demonstrates her savvy and inborn intuition that help her to follow the clues left behind by her parents.

This is a light, fun read with plenty of action to keep readers engaged. I found Evie personally to be a bit stereotypical (they leaned on the nerd trope of her eyeglasses a bit much) but she did evolve as the book wound on, and the story became a comfy read through her adventures to the end of this book.

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Erin Wolf

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara, 5 stars.

What I really enjoyed about this action/adventure book was that it delves right into things, not stringing it out, but getting right into the action. A book involving a treasure map and searching by boat for treasure usually keeps us on the boat for quite a while as they travel to where they believe is the right place. Not so with this book. The author puts us into things so much sooner. But don’t get me wrong, the story does not feel rushed at all. The story itself is also so enjoyable. It reminds me of Indiana Jones meets Pirate of the Caribbean, with ​a supernatural element.

Then there are the characters. Although the character is young adult, this book is very enjoyable for all adults. Evie is so good as the main character. A little naive in the beginning, she learns as she goes and rely on her gut to tell her who is good people. Not your average pirate, she quickly learns to be useful. The other characters, both good and bad, help round out this book. Each one is unique and an asset to the book.

If you enjoy action/adventure set around the old pirate world, I highly recommend this book. I, for one, could not put it down until I finished. I also anxiously await book two.

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Stephanie Nicole

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love stories that include pirates, adventures to far away places, treasure and just fantasy stories in general then you will love Mina Chara’s The Ocean’s Light. The Ocean’s light is filled with miraculous treasure, swashbuckling pirates, and very detailed character and location descriptions that make you feel like you’ve been pulled to the depths of the ocean. Miss Chara grabs her readers attention from page one and never lets it go. I’m not sure what I expected when it came to this adventure story but i can certainly say that it was truly a breath fresh air. Much like miss Chara’s Hero High series I couldn’t put this first book down and I can’t wait for the next installment.

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The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Caralee Loonat

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara
4 Stars!!!!

I have read this author before and I was not disappointed. I found the story to be unique and orginal story. The characters just really come right off of the page. I really found myself getting swept up into the story and felt as though I am right there in the midst of the action. The plot is refreshing and really gripping. I could not put this book down.

I really could feel Evies’s pain and really was hoping for the best. This story had a lot of twists and turns. I could feel the pull between Evie and Captain Rama. I could feel her pain and her emotions as the story unfolded. I very much look forward to reading more from this series.

Reviewed by @caraleeloonat
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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Lizzie Chapman Gough

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun filled, adventure packed, exciting pirate adventure from the word go. Captured by pirates who want her treasure map, orphaned Evie Waters becomes embroiled in a quest to find the much-coveted Ocean’s Light. The Ocean’s Light given by the sea, is able to grant a wish to those who posses it. Evie is convinced the Light holds the answers to who her parents are and will reveal what her destiny is. The plot was easy to follow yet still interesting and I really enjoyed the character development and the different personalities of everyone involved in the book. I’m happy to see that this is part of a series and I can’t wait to find out what the feisty Evie and the crew of the Easy Money get up to next.

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Meg Tyrrell

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn’t a new author for me, I’ve read multiple books by Ms. Chara before. Which is why the second I saw this new series, I was all over it. This was fantastic and beautifully written. The story itself was a bit different than I first imagined it would be. I guess that’s why I’m the reader and not the author, because it was done perfectly. This story follows Ms. Evie Waters as she tries to search for the one thing her parents left her when she was taken to the orphanage. This adventure has pirates, magic, sea creatures and puzzles to keep you guessing. Absolutely recommend and can’t wait for the next book!

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Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate BOOK 1) by Mina Chara – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Ocean's LightThe Ocean’s Light by Mina Chara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ocean’s Light is the first book in the new series Blood of the Pirate, by Mina Chara. I have read her Hero High series, and enjoyed it, but this book is so much different. It is really different from anything I have ever read. It kind of reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean. There is a lot of adventure, with three different crews fighting over a map to reach the most important treasure of all, the Ocean’s Light. Evie is stuck in the middle of it all, with all 3 crews fighting over her, as it was her map to start with. There is Captain Rama’s crew, with first mates Slim and Bulk, who became somewhat of friends to Evie. There is Captain Hammer, and his crew of sons, which seem to always be after Rama’s ship. And then Captain Luna, who is a soldier, trying to recover the map for his queen. There is so much going on, action packed adventure on every page. Evie may be an orphan child, but she is tough, and cleaver. The supporting characters have vivid descriptions, allowing the reader to envision them all and ‘watch’ the story unfold. This book is a YA, geared toward teens, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, in my 30s. Well done Chara.

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