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Demons & Pearls by PS Bartlett
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The official Book One to the Razor's Adventures Pirate Tales is P. S. Bartlett's Demons & Pearls. It begins with an amazing battle aboard the Demon Sea and time's passed since Captain Barclay and Ivory's last uh... conversation- yeah! Anyway, she's on to Bigger and Better things. Literally!

Ivory and her cousins are not out of danger yet! They've got enemies on every shore, but a small piece of Paradise, and they still have to get away! Once again, their safe haven is a threat and Ivory's got a new idea (and captain) on how to rescue them.

I enjoyed Demons & Pearls for several reasons: (1) Our hero is a girl, even though she needed the help of a man. I saw a lot of me in her and could relate to wanting to stand in a place men dominated. (2) She didn't quit! She was determined to save her family and do what she wanted. Lastly (3), and this is the biggest one: She's not absolutely gorgeous! Yup, I said it. She's a Plain Jane, an ordinary woman and not some super model that everyone has to have and drool over! There was just that much realism that I loved the story all the more. On to book three of the series.

** Book series offered by author for an honest review. ( )
  AReneeHunt | Feb 12, 2016 |
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I've been getting into reading more adventurous novels, so this book was an obvious choice. Filled with constant action, a badass heroine, and plenty of pirates, this book will have you turning the pages. If you're looking for an edge of seat thrill you've picked a great book! I read the entire thing in one sitting. I will definitely be picking up the other books in this series! ( )
  BrandiLynne | Jul 11, 2015 |
The Bright Spot – A review of the novel ‘Demons and Pearls’

“The king may rule the kingdom, but it's the queen who moves the board.” - D.M. Timney

Author P.S. Bartlett’s novel ‘Demons and Pearls’ follows the adventures of a woman pirate Ivory Shepard and her three cousin sisters as they battle various human demons to secure their safety & freedom. An innocuous night on board a pirate ship, if there was any, soon turns into a life altering event for the cousins after Ivory ends up killing the pirate captain. The consequences are nightmarish and Ivory has to quickly learn all that’s needed to survive in this hellish world. But with a little help from a couple of good men, she soon realizes her purpose and succeeds in securing the release of her cousins.

For years on end the ocean was seen as a male only domain, filled with heroic stories involving sailors and captains. But through this illuminating fictional narrative, author P.S. Bartlett shows the astonishing roles women played in the high adventures on and off the sea. Women have made significant contributions in maritime history but they often had to disguise their gender to work alongside men because of the prejudices prevalent. So while staying well within the framework of a fictional literature, this book without going overboard on a feminist tract still manages to portray some powerful women characters.

Although the plot and the characters are given equal importance, it wouldn’t be wrong to call it a character driven story. And what a wide and colorful array of characters does the book have! Ivory is smart, brave, independent and slick with her fighting skills, yet she imbibes the gentle feminine spirit. Her struggles and travails to attain a level playing field in an area dominated by men is something women everywhere even in today’s times will be able to relate with. Rasmus or Big Red is another equally strong character (literally too!) who stands out from other men because of his genuine masculine spirit and it’s no wonder Ivory falls for him. Theirs is not a standard love-at-first-sight kind of romance and there is more depth to their love story. The secondary characters too stand out for their genuineness and each has been given their own unique voice.

The scene in the cabin with Rasmus cutting Ivory’s hair has to be one of the best planned, conceived and written scenes that I’ve read in a contemporary fictional book in a long time. The gamut of varied emotions that strike you from these pages have to be experienced firsthand and it also shows the wide range and skill of the author.

Though not an out and out pirate thriller, there’s still enough in this book to help you relive the explosive period of pirates and pirate raids. There’s an interesting end to the book and there may well be a sequel in the works. ( )
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