The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

The Unbinding of Mary Reade

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack—and fell in love with Anne Bonny.There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for...

Details The Unbinding of Mary Reade

TitleThe Unbinding of Mary Reade
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherSky Pony Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Lgbt, Adventure, Pirates

Reviews The Unbinding of Mary Reade

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 3.5 starsThis book is perfect for those who are a lot into romance and not that much into action.I personally love books with pirates in them, but I also admit that I’m not the biggest fan of action scenes and all of the things you would expect from a book where everyone is a pirate. So, this overall worked for me, but it...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: June 19, 2018I think the idea of this book is awesome: it's based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a guy so she could sail with a lady pirate... and they fall in love.However, almost nothing about the book worked for me. The writing was extremely average and awkward at times, the characters were dull, the plot was boring (HOW can you make pirates boring?!), and so much of it just felt... off. The main character d...
  • Acqua
    The Unbinding of Mary Reade is a historical fiction standalone novel following Mary Reade, a girl who dresses as a boy to become a pirate, before and after she met Anne Bonny, a pirate girl Mary will fall in love with.I didn’t have any strong feelings about this book. Nothing stood out to me, and the only thing I actually liked about it was the premise.When I read a book about pirates, I hope to find interesting adventures and people exploring ...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    i received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review oh boy, i've been waiting for this book for like 5 months!! i was so excited!! i mean, come on, it doesn't get better than gay pirates. it can get worse, tho.if u've ever read even one sapphic book abt pirates - especially if it was published a few years ago - u know this very particular feel they have. it's kind of hard to describe in a single word but it pretty ...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here!1.5/5 – DNF at 36%TW: homophobia, transphobia, and sexismThanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy! This did not affect my rating/review.Well, no one is more disappointed than I am. I thought that I would love or, at least, really enjoy this book. But I didn’t.This book is a retelling of Mary Reade’s life. It’s well-known that she dressed as a male after her older half-brother died and her mother needed m...
  • Leona Carstairs
    *Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free copy of this, all opinions in this review are my own*Ummm that was.....disappointing. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this novel so I'm going with a rating of 2.5 stars. I wanted to read this the minute I read the premise!! It sounded so cool and badass, and I was really excited to learn that Netgalley was offering this book. The thing is, I was expecting more pirating and more sailing. Just more ...
  • viktoria
    Post-read 2/22/18: Oy. So... I’m going to wait to review this, if I review it for real at all. For now: This was in no way the kick-ass pirate adventure story I hoped it was going to be, and some things bothered me, a lot. Also, major trigger warnings, so please take care. pre-read eta 2/22/18: psst, this is on Netgalley & Edelweiss (for the US, at least), cue the high pitched dolphin noises, ack.pre-read: You guys, I check Netgalley and Edelwe...
  • Cerine
    A GLBT pirate book?? I'm so here for this
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    You might know that I absolutely love pirates and f/f romance. Both together is even better, so I was incredibly excited when I first heard about this book and I've been anticipating and shouting about it ever since.When I first heard of some of the bad reviews, I adjusted my expectations but this ended up being even more of a trash fire than I could've believed possible.Now I am not someone who criticises pirate books very harshly. I don't mind ...
  • Ambur
    2018-04-03 heart is so freaking full after finishing this book!!! I went into it expecting a story telling the tale of a girl who wasn’t quite sure who she was, and that’s exactly what I got! I also got some epic pirate scenes, some forbidden romance, and an ending that put a ginormous smile on my face! There were definitely some tough scenes (it is set in the 1700s after all), but they just made the story more real for me! I loved the characte...
  • Toni
    I want more books like this. I want more pirates. I want more ships. I want more ocean.But most importantly I want more exploration of gender and sexuality!!I will not say this book is without flaw, but I will say I think McNamara went about the harder topics of homophobia and sexism in a way that would be true to the time (the 1700's), AS WELL AS gave our main character so much strength that the message of that prejudice being okay would ever co...
  • Marie -The Reading Otter
    Review:2.5 I recieved this book from NetGalley for review.Well, this book was disappointingly boring. Pirates, and boring. Such a shame. There was potential in this book. But honestly, everything is so dull. This book has a really heavy focus on romance and ignores a lot of actual pirating. The romance aspect wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't the main focus of a story about pirates. It's based on a true story, that I feel might be more interesti...
  • Lora
    I received a free copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review. This book just wasn't all that interesting to me. It felt like there was a lot of sexism in it, and far too many sexual assault scenes. As well as that, the relationship between the two wasn't very fleshed out, it didn't feel like they had any real connection with each other, and were just together because they had no other options. I could hardly make it through the book, I...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)If you are expecting a pirate adventure that is non-stop adventure - then this might not be for you. Don't get me wrong, there's action scenes and killing abound - but what truly lies at the heart of this story is more of a romance plot line. That didn't mean I hated it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting.Moving on to the revi...
  • bookish daydreams
    NOOOOO. NOOOOOO.I really wanted to like this, really really wanted to and I was just so disappointed???? :(- Not enough saling- Not enough pirating? is that a word?- Not enough badassery?! (that probably isn't a word either)- Not enough adventures :( - The writing was okay.- The characters were a little.. boringFull review to come when i've had a think a little more, thanks Netgalley for the ARC :)
  • Nicole Valentine
    A brilliant historical novel that stays true to the gender norms of the time while holding up a mirror to the restrictions our own time has upheld. It's a swashbuckling, sexy, page-turning, adventure - yes, but it's also full of tender moments with heart. Beautiful imagery, a thoroughly satisfying resolution - who is really bound in the end after all is said and done? Highly recommend.
  • Mae Pelster
    I was sent an advance copy of this wonderful, rollicking adventure, and I loved experiencing Jack Sparrow's Caribbean through a feminine perspective. The confused budding sexuality is everything one could hope for from a girl in breeches living the life of a swashbuckling pirate. You can't help rooting for Mary!
  • Lorey
    2.25 starsI received an arc for this book from the publisher at no cost, in return for my honest and unbiased review. Thanks for the hookup, NetGalley!I was psyched to come across The Unbinding of Mary Reade on NetGalley, especially as a Read Now! What?! Is it my birthday?! But then, 4.5 hours later… Utter disappointment. For a book about pirates, there was very little swashbuckling. And ya know what I like in my pirate novels? You guessed it! ...
  • The Idle Woman
    Well, hoist the mainsail, stock up on rum and run up the Jolly Roger: it’s time for a swashbuckling tale of piratical adventure! And, this time, the boys don’t have all the fun. Miriam McNamara introduces us to Mary Reade, who runs away to sea in 1717 disguised as a man, and who finds a new lease of life when the Dutch ship on which she serves is taken by pirates. Mary is impressed by the elegant pirate captain, ‘Calico’ Jack Rackham, but...
  • Meg Wiviott
    This is a wonderful story about self-discovery and self-acceptance all rolled into an historical pirate story!