Book Review: Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision

Self Published
March 20th 2018

The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: they do not allow men on board. 

That’s a rule that quartermaster Grace Porter is willing to break when a shipwrecked young nobleman offers her information of an omniscient map, stolen from his warship by an enemy vessel. Until now, the map was only the stuff of legend… but with its help, Grace may finally be able to hunt down the Mordgris, the sea monsters who stole her mother away from her.

Unfortunately, some members of her crew have other plans…

To find the map and face the Mordgris, Grace will have to confront her past, put the Luck between warring nations, and uncover treachery aboard the ship. And ultimately, her revenge and the destruction of the Mordgris will come at a hefty price: the betrayal of her crew.

Grace promised them they wouldn’t regret this.

She just isn’t sure that she won’t.- Goodreads

This book could have changed the game. It really could have but although the summary caught your attention too many things led to its downfall.

Grace Porter is weak. She is emotional, untrustworthy and selfish (to a certain extent). For a woman, who was raised, most if not all her life at sea, by two women onboard of a all women’s ship, she couldn’t have turned out worst. Grace allows her emotions take over her responsibilities as a leader and I know this is supposed to make her “human” so to speak but its annoying because she does this throughout the book.

She’s untrustworthy because she hides the most important things that can affect her crew from who she considers family. She is shady and I wanted to like her but she gave me no reason to. Her relationship with the Captain left you wanting to know more about her backstory. I wanted to know more about her mother’s relationship with her father and the Captain. I wanted to know what type of inspiration the Captain was to Grace. None of those really came. You got glimpses of their past together but nothing that made you feel there was a real love bond between each other.

Speaking of relationships, you don’t see a real relationship between Grace and her crew. It was disappointing; considering that she had a title and some form of leadership on that boat.

The overall story was slow and not a whole lot happens towards the end. The romance wasn’t worth the curiosity because it was predictable and it contained not chemistry. This book feels like a rough draft. It feels like the author needed to get the story out but didn’t go back to add anything into it.

2 Pickles