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To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker

#26 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Country: United States
Publication Date: May 2007
ISBN: 9780439026949
Page Count: 230

Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go. When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing. A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him. But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

To Catch a Pirate is Jade Parker’s first foray into the realm of pirates and she does it with ease. Unfortunately, while writing with ease may imply easy ready it does not also mean quality reading.
TCaP is well written and the characters are just the right amount of arrogance and daring. James is debonair but selfish, Nathanial is self righteous and Anna is sweet, compassionate and determined to prove her worth. Everything a pirate love story needs and unfortunately that is as far as it went.

The characters were weak and one-dimensional. The love story was flat and the action was rushed. This could have been a fantastic story (pirates!) but instead it was bland. Parker needs to work on fleshing it out and giving her characters more spice, and developing a less predictable plot.

Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: Like the story, the cover is lacking vividness. The torso and chin of a cover model isn’t suited for a pirate story. Give me a sexy muscled pirate, shirt billowing in the wind, standing on a ship. The locket is a nice touch, but fundamentally boring. It doesn’t stand for much when Anna barely mentions her Mother outside the prologue.

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