March 2023 Book of the Month Review: 

Title: The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi

Author: Shannon Chakraborty

Rating: 3.5/5

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

Why yes, I am aware that it is May, my apologies I think I got Covid in April and I was already dealing with allergies so I was down for the count for like weeks. It was not great. So finally, here is my March Book of the Month review…only like two months late.

         Well, this month the book kind of went off the rails and it took me four days to read it. I wanted to love it from the beginning but it took over 200 pages for me to actually get into it, but I promised myself that unlike last month I wouldn’t forget to write the blog post and I still haven’t posted the February Book of the Month as of the time of me writing this because sometimes while I like blogging, I just don’t have the energy or the want to write a post. I have cut back so much on posting in the last six or so months so I don’t really know how long that this blog will be sustainable in my life. 

         I think that is not what I need to talk about at the beginning of this post, but I felt the need to preface what’s going on in my thought process while I am writing this post. 

         I did want to like the book, I really did, but it took so long to get anywhere, the premise was cool and I love the thought of a bad ass lady pirate, I really did enjoy it as a whole, but it was so slow to start that it took half the book for me to start to enjoy it at all. 

         I loved the characters, the setting, the plot (once it got there was amazing!) The combination of history and magic was amazingly done and the prose were well written. There was a few things that I was confused about, but nothing that I felt detracted from the plot. 

         The whole section where she gets her future mission, if that would be the plot of the next one, maybe I would read it even though this one did take some time. The fact throughout that she is balancing the want to explore, to be free but also to get back to her daughter. Spoiler, she married a being of chaos and he is a disaster and that was about the moment that the book started to pick up. 

         The sailors who were kind of like the crew members of the Flying Dutchman in Pirates of the Caribbean where they start to transform into creatures of the deep, that was a fun parallel that I thought of while I was reading it. 

         It did get so good when it got there, the island plot, the fight at sea with the monster, the return from the magical island, and then the ending which could have been left where that is the ending, it could have been a stand-alone in my brain, though a series makes sense with the potential content described late in the book.

         I do want to know more about the artifacts and the devas, also what’s going to happen with her disaster husband, like she’s such a cool character and I would love to read a story with her as a younger captain, but I don’t think that’s in the cards. 

         It was good, but it took such a long time to go anywhere, but if you like pirates, magic, and absolute insanity this for sure is for you.

         Seriously, all of the characters in the main cast on the ship were all a mess and amazingly faceted, again, would love a look back at their earlier adventures that happened during their original cruise. 

         If you want to check out what else I have read this year, you totally can with January and February. 

         Until the next time I get around to writing a post I hope that everyone stays safe, happy, and healthy!


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