Review: Enslaved by the Ocean (Criminals of the Ocean, #1), by Bella Jewel

Enslaved by the Ocean (Criminals of the Ocean, #1)Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read several books by Bella Jewel that I’ve really enjoyed. Unfortunately, ‘Enslaved by the Ocean’ was not one of them. It just didn’t work for me, although I didn’t have any issues with the narration. It was the story itself that didn’t appeal to me.

This was one of those stories that I just never could connect to. The entire “pirate” idea, as it was presented, was just ridiculous and unbelievable. Yes, I realize that there are real, modern-day pirates out there, terrorizing people on the seas. However, this story just seemed preposterous.

One of my biggest gripes about this story was that it seemed to switch back and forth a lot. It was almost like she couldn’t decide if she wanted to write a pirate story based in present time or one that took place 200 years ago. The end result is a story that is supposed to be set in present time, with pirates armed with swords and sailing around in a huge wooden ship. Really? I just didn’t buy it.

I was listening to the Audible version of the book and the dialect seemed to change a lot also. It seemed to me that this wasn’t a problem with the narration, as much as the written dialogue. Sometimes, it was all “Aye, matey” and other times it was like they talked normal and even mocked the “pirate talk”.

There were also plenty of far-fetched twists and revelations. More than one character had to go on the run after murdering somebody…in self-defense, of course. It seems that it is a small world, because a surprisingly high number of people have turned to life on the high-seas as a pirate. Is it really such a highly sought-out lifestyle? Not to mention the disastrous rescue and implausible events that follow. It was just absurd.

Since I couldn’t relate to the story, I never formed any sort of attachment to the characters either. I just didn’t care one way or the other. Everything was over-the-top and comical, at best.

If I had it to do over again, I would not have wasted my time with this story. In fact, if I didn’t have a compulsive need to finish every book I start, I would’ve DNF’d this one. It just lacked appeal for me.

That being said, if you’re in the mood for something smutty and kind of ridiculous, you might like this one. It is certainly different if you’re looking for a change. It wasn’t for me, but this is an author that I will continue to follow. I’ve enjoyed many of her books, but won’t be continuing this series.

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