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...
  • Erin
    The Unbinding of Mary Reade is an early 18th century tale that features a young woman experiencing her sexual awakening and struggling with her identity. Mary Reade has long masqueraded as her deceased brother, Mark. First, as a way in which she can sustain a living for her and mother, then as a way to inherit her rich grandmother's fortune, and finally to take to the high seas where eventually she meets up with pirates. As the chapters switch ba...
  • 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 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
    This was in no way the wlw kick-ass pirate adventure story I hoped for, nor was it the diverse historical fiction I love.I've spent some time mulling how on earth an au/possible-universe wlw pirate book didn't do it for me, and this is what I came up with. This isn't an-depth intellectual or a sociocultural examination of it (I'm so not the right person for that); this a dirty, unrefined super-spoilery, "let's English major this up" breakdown of ...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦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 ...
  • Cerine
    A GLBT pirate book?? I'm so here for this
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    I have a thing for pirates. Ever since Jack Sparrow, I am simply sold on any pirate-related movie, series or book. So, of course, I needed to read The Unbinding of Mary Reade but... Yeah...I honestly liked the writing style of Miriam McNamara. It was descriptive and really gave me the vibe you need to pull of a historical fiction novel like this one - especially one with pirates. It also read ridiculously fluently!Of course, the f/f romance was...
  • 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...
  • Meg Wiviott
    This is a wonderful story about self-discovery and self-acceptance all rolled into an historical pirate story!
  • 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...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: June 11th 2018 "All that water, bits of land - so many places she could be in this new world. But for all of Anne's geography lessons, Mary was still hopeless at figuring out where exactly she might fit in it." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I love a good pirate story and the blurb of The Unbinding Of Mary Reade...
  • Susan
    I haven’t read any pirate stories (outside of picture books!) so this was a new adventure for me! Loved the strong fierce women portrayed in this book. Lots of inner and external conflicts happening here, which made for a great amount of tension throughout the story.
  • Asha Hartland-Asbury
    One of my most anticipated books for this year was The Unbinding of Mary Reade, which is a YA story based on my favourite gang of pirates – Calico Jack, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. There’s a fair bit of controversial content in this book, but if you’re prepared to weather a few somewhat uncomfortable situations, then this is a very interesting read that brings Anne and Mary’s relationship to the fore.Let’s get the difficult stuff out of t...
  • 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...
  • 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.