Unbroken, by Alli Temple

popthebutterfly's review

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adventurous emotional medium-paced


Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for a tour. Thanks! All opinions are my own. 


Book: Unbroken 


Author: Alli Temple 


Book Series: The Pirate and Her Princess Book 2 


Rating: 4.5/5 


Spice: 2/5 


Diversity: Sapphic, Lesbian character and MC, non-binary character 


Recommended For...: fantasy, pirates, romance 


Publication Date: May 2, 2022 


Genre: Fantasy Romance 


Age Relevance: 17+ (sexual content, violence, gore, homophobia, language, sexual assault) 


Explanation of Above: There are some brief mentions of sexual content and sex in the book. There are also some very brief mentions of sexual assault which quickly led to the characters getting revenge. The book has a lot of violence and gore in the book, as well as a lot of cursing. There are also some brief moments of homophobia. 


Publisher: Indie Published 


Pages: 315 


Synopsis: A pirate’s home is the sea, sailing beyond the horizon with her true love.
 Aboard the Crimson Siren, Captain Cinder finally has the life she’s always dreamed of. Her freedom is restored, her crew is a trustworthy bunch, and the princess who holds her heart is by her side.
 But trouble brewing back in Redmere threatens to pull Cinder and Princess Georgina apart before their future can truly begin. Georgina feels a responsibility to help, while Cinder is vehemently against returning to their former home. Instead, she embarks on a dangerous treasure hunt that could cost her everything. Faced with a deadly threat, Cinder pushes everyone around her away just when she needs them most.
 Friendships are tested. Risky alliances forged. Yet as storm clouds darken Cinder’s future, one thing becomes painfully clear: Her home is taking on water, and time to save the people she loves is running out. 


Review: I really love this series! The book is a well written pirate story with Sapphic main characters who return from the first book. I loved the premise of the story and how much more pirate this book was. The book had well developed characters and world building. The series has quickly become a favorite of mine and I can’t wait for the third in the series. 


However, I did feel like while the character development was really good in this book that we missed out on some strong moments between book 1 and 2. The books are well written, but some of the motives of the group are a bit out there. There were also some definite jumping the shark moments, but overall I enjoyed this one. 


Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend! 

judeinthestars's review

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adventurous emotional fast-paced


This book got my adrenaline pumping and my heart beating fast. In Uncharted, Lady Georgina Elizabeth Millicent Cressida Wright reunited with her childhood friend Lou (just Lou) who had, in the meantime, become the infamous Captain Cinder. Unbroken picks up just before Uncharted ended and is told, this time, not from George’s point of view but from Lou’s.
Lou is ready to leave the sea behind and settle somewhere with George. George’s plans differ slightly, and she bristles under Lou’s overprotectiveness. When the brokers Lou thought she was rid of threaten George, Captain Cinder leads her crew on a perilous hunt.
Like many strong female characters, Lou hides – including from herself – a vulnerability that makes her much more relatable than a (former) pirate should be. Telling this second book from her point of view is a brilliant idea. Unbroken is full of twists and turns, of betrayals and fights (pirates, what can you do), of character growth too, Lou’s but also, through her eyes, George’s. The crew is as awesome as it was in Uncharted, I love Maro, Rosie and Ender. There are new characters too, one in particular, from Lou’s past, that I ended up liking a lot more than I expected.
The ending is open enough to allow for new adventures while not leaving the reader hanging and I was delighted to find out that a third book, Unleashed, will be coming, probably in 2023.