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Pirates? yes Please

@tbrbeyondtours & @christinecalella

๐—ง๐—ถ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ:ย  The Final Curse of Ophelia Crayย 

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: Teens, Pirates, Adventure, Historical Fantasy

"Storms and pirates are nothing compared to the evil within menโ€™s hearts."

๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ: YAย 

๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ: Christine Calella

๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: @pagestreetya

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€: 384

๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ก: 1

๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜:... free arc copy for the tourย 


Siblings, their journey is amazing (each one follows her path)

fighting patriarchal authorityย 


appearances cam be deceivingย 

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ˆ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค?

Pirates. Pirates, have I mentioned pirates?ย 

๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„:

5 stars

I loved this book. The two sisters are fantastic. They appear to be very different, but they are brave, courageous, and rebels in their own way. One is sweet. The other is a storm. One is a natural diplomat, and the other is a ruthless leader. I love how they journey and grow as characters, and the audiobook narrator (Jessy Vilinsky) is perfect for this novel.ย 

Love a pirate adventure book, but this is much more. Don't miss that author's dedication at the beginning, and always keep a lighter with you, ahah. Awesome.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐: When you hear adventure what type of book pops into your mind?ย 

Me: I grew up watching pirate classic movies and wanting to go on an adventure. Quests

Book Info:

The Final Curse of Ophelia Cray by Christine Calella

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: April 9, 2024



Storms and pirates are nothing compared to the evil within menโ€™s hearts.

After a lifetime of abuse at the hands of superstitious townsfolk, Ophelia Young, a bastard child of the notorious pirate queen, is tired of paying for the sins of her mother. Despite playing by the rules her whole life, sheโ€™s earned nothing but spite and suspicion. So when a naval officer saves her from the jeering crowd at her motherโ€™s hanging, Ophelia hatches a new hope of enlisting in the navy to escape her motherโ€™s legacy and redeem her own reputation for good. But Ophelia soon discovers that a life at sea isnโ€™t as honorable as she hoped.

Betsy Young is as different as she could be from her half-sister Ophelia. Sheโ€™s a nervous homebody who wants to keep her family safe and longs to be in love. So naturally, sheโ€™s devastated when the son of their familyโ€™s business partner rejects her hand in marriage and her sister joins the navy. But when her father contracts a life-threatening illness as well, Betsy has to bring Ophelia home to save the family business.

Unfortunately for the Young sisters, Betsy trying to get Ophelia recalled reveals that Ophelia enlisted fraudulently under Betsyโ€™s name, a secret which Ophelia struggles to keep from crewmates who would kill her if they knew she was the pirate queenโ€™s daughter. To save Ophelia from the naval authorities, Betsy will have to board a ship during hurricane season and brave all the dangers of the sea to get them both home safe.

Content Warning: hanging, corporal punishments (whipping), strangulation


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About the Author:

When not writing, Christine Calella spends her spare time singing showtunes in the shower, drinking more chai lattes than is strictly necessary, and either over- or under-watering an unfortunate string of houseplants named after sitcom characters. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and she lives in New York City.

As her romance alter ego, Madeline Bell, Christine also pens adult rom-coms with a bookish twist. For more information, check out the Books section, under the โ€œBy Madeline Bellโ€ drop-down.


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