Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1) by Danielle L Jensen- ARC Review



My Rating ~ Five stars


RELEASE DATE:  7 May 2019

Publisher: Tor Teen

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 368


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense, a ship beholden to the Goddess of the Seas. Her people are born of the waves, and they alone know how to cross the impassable oceans between East and West.

Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his only family, and even they don’t know the secret he’s been hiding since childhood.

When a power-hungry ruler captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they help him conquer the unknown West, the two are forced into an unlikely–and unwilling– alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.





Thank you to Tor Teen for providing me with a copy of Dark Shores, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Teriana has lived on a ship all her life, as a trader between the east and west continents.  Her people believe in the existence of gods, who preside over such things as the air and water, unlike those on the shores of the East.  Under threat of being arrested for paganism, they must never speak of their gods, or the people who are born marked by them with special abilities.  The other thing they must never speak of is the existence of the other continent.  East must never meet West, due to the fear the East’s ruler would attempt to conquer the Western Continent of farmers and traders.So neither side has any idea another continent exists over the seas.  Even if the East did know about the West, they wouldn’t know how to get there….until Teriana is forced to show a legionnaire and his army the way.  They will both need to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the good of the people they each love.

This book was SO GOOD.  Teriana is a tough, kick ass girl, but we’re often shown just how difficult it is for her to take on responsibility beyond her age.  I liked the way her vulnerabilities and inner conflict were woven in to her personality, giving her character a realistic feel.   Marcus also had a multilayered personality and the love/hate relationship between them for a lot of the book was so fun to read.  I got real Pirates of the Caribbean vibes while I was reading Dark Shores, although the story is not really alike.  The subtly interwoven magic, battles between gods, seafaring and betrayal made for an exciting ride.  I loved a lot of the supporting characters in the story too,  there was some great banter and even though they were not main characters, we still got to know their personalities surprisingly well.  There were a lot of questions left unanswered or unconfirmed at the end of the book, but I never really get concerned about that when I know it’s the first in a series, I assume they’ll be answered in the next book (which, by the way, I can’t wait to read!)




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