{Mini Review} On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen

August 16, 2021 Reviews, Young Adult 0

{Mini Review} On These Black Sands by Vanessa RasanenOn These Black Sands (Aisling Sea, #1) by Vanessa Rasanen
Pages: 436
Published by Crab Apple Books

In one month, Aoife Cascade will turn twenty and take her seat on the Council of Cregah, an honor she’s been preparing for her whole life. But when she lets a secret slip to her mother with devastating consequences, all her plans for the future crumble. Believing her people to be better off without her, she flees Cregah, stowing away aboard a pirate ship bound for dangerous waters.
Captain Declan McCallagh is young compared to the pirate lords, but after twelve years on the grueling sea, he has earned a well-respected ship and the attention of the lords, who’d like nothing better than to see his ruin. All he wants is to leave the Aisling Sea—and his past—behind him. But when his sister demands he find the enchanted dagger her rebel faction needs to overthrow the ruling Council, he’ll have to decide whether to cast off all family ties or take the perilous voyage to waters guarded by sirens, only passable with the help of the last remaining fae, currently imprisoned by the Council.
With murder and betrayal at every turn, can Aoife and Declan learn to rely on one another? Or will the secrets they carry destroy their people—and each other?

YA Review My Thoughts

On These Black Sands is the first book in the Aisling Sea series by Vanessa Rasanen. It is marked as a new adult fantasy, but I think this first book was very safe for young adult readers. The steam level was mild and there were not many graphic scenes. The spice level might ramp up in future books. In fact, I am hoping it does.

Our main character is Aoife, who along with her two sisters is being groomed as a council heir. The council is the ruling body in Cregah, and when Aoife learns about their seedy underbelly she runs away…straight onto a pirate ship. On These Black Sands started out on choppy waters for me, because I really did not agree with one of the early decisions that Aoife made, so I didn’t love her off the bat. But this book kept building, and building and getting better as it went on. I ended up really enjoying it and there were so really cool reveals, twists and turns towards the end that made me super excited to dive into book 2! I think now that I know the characters and and have my world bearings, I will enjoy the next installment even more than this one. And yes, Aoife did win me over in the end. Overall, if you are a fan of pirate based fantasies with epic quests and plenty of political secrets, then On These Black Shores is a good book for you to check out. It is out now.

blue3.5I have been sharing more of my reviews over on instagram, and because of the caption limit, my reviews have to be shorter. So my question to my blog followers is this.

1) Do you like these shorter reviews?

2) Would you prefer that I group a couple of them together, or share one review per post (like this one) or

3) would you prefer if I share longer reviews here on my blog and shorter reviews on instagam?

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