Oathbound by Victoria McCombs: Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Author: Victoria McCombs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: February 15, 2022
Beware the waters. The dangerous deep brings ruin to all.
Emme has spent her life avoiding anything to do with pirates. But the fates are cruel, and now a hidden sickness leads her to partner with pirates for the one thing that can save her—a cure on an island none are certain exists.
The pirate captain’s secrets are darker than the deep and threaten to kill them all. His obligations are tinged with betrayal, for his oathbind must be fulfilled. To ignore it is to invite peril of unimaginable destruction.
As the adventure unfolds, the sea takes more than she expects and the sea gives more than he wants.
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I adored this story! Emme is one of my favorite characters so far. She’s smart and inquisitive while being tough and sincere. She has a goal and she goes after it, facing every challenge with grit and determination. I loved her heart and how she wanted to live a quiet life but refused to curl up and blow away when challenges came her way. Arn and his secrets really pushed his character. He’d do anything to keep Emme from seeing him as less than the man he wants to be. This causes them to clash on more than one occasion and their banter ranks right up there as my favorite parts of the book. This swashbuckling, pirate adventure will sweep you away into the lush world the author has created and have you ready to launch through the pages to charge to the ship’s deck. Magic and adventure. Life-threatening stakes. Mermaids and monsters. Sign me up for the next voyage! I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Victoria McCombs is the author of The Storyteller’s Series from Parliament House Press, and Oathbound. She writes young adult fantasy and adores stories about treacherous pirates and traitorous princes. Her favorite things include peppermint hot chocolate, peanut butter ice cream, game nights with family, and Jesus. She has her mom to thank for allowing so many medieval weapons inside the house as she was growing up, which curated her love for that time period. She is a mom of three little boys and a wife to the handsomest accountant there is. Together they live in Omaha, Nebraska.
More from Victoria
Oathbound was my quarantine book. I remember getting the idea and thinking “I don’t know of any other pirate books in the YA fantasy genre.” Of course, after that, I saw them everywhere, and several amazing ones have come out since. But theses broken pirates had grabbed my attention and I couldn’t let go.
One aspect of my book makes it unique, and that comes in our main character. My characters are a reflection of me, but none more so than Emme. We see early on that she is sick, and while the disease is made up for the book, it’s mirrored exactly by the disease that runs in my family called ataxia. This is a disease that impairs every part of life before it ends it too soon. I’ve never opened those emotions so fully to put them on a page, but Emme and I were going through this together. While I’m lucky not to have symptoms yet (and the chance to never have to go through it), this disability is something I understand deeply, and I’m honored to bring it to life on the page to show the strength that can lie within even when our bodies fail us.
I hope you all enjoy Oathbound!
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To celebrate her tour, Victoria is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!