Top 5 Books About Pirates I Want to Read

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This Top 5 series started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.

The Upcoming Schedule Is:

12/6/19 — Standalone Books

12/13/19 — Books about Pirates

12/20/19 — Books that have been made into Movies

12/27/19 – Books coming in 2020



  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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  • Tag 5 people

Books about Pirates!

I LOVE pirates! I have actually just saw a play last night called Peter and the Starcatcher, which is a prequel to Peter Pan, so I’m totally in a pirate appreciation mood! I’ve read several books about pirates that I’ve really loved. I used to think that I wouldn’t enjoy books set on ships, but after reading The Bone Ships by RJ Barker I want to read more books with sea settings! I really love books about any sort of criminals, it’s kind of my bookish catnip. I’m really glad that pirates are this week’s topic because I wanted to find more pirate books to put on my TBR and this gave me the perfect excuse! Don’t forget to check out other book blogger’s top 5 choices below if you want more recommendations for pirate books!

Personal Note

I had taken a week long hiatus from my blog because I needed it mentally. Now of course I was planning on posting today for the Top 5 Saturday series that I run… now my post is coming a little late and I decided to tell my followers why. Last night and today have been more than a little stressful as I was harassed and threatened by someone that I used to consider a friend. Emotional abuse is never okay and it happens more frequently than you think. I don’t frequently talk about personal stuff, but I think it’s important to share this with you guys. I’m going to say this one more time…. emotional abuse is never okay.

Dark Shores by Danielle L Jensen.jpgDark Shores by Danielle L Jensen

High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, the first novel in a new YA fantasy series.

In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.


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 family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.


When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two 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.

Honestly I can’t believe I forgot about this book. Months back I had read a review that had me absolutely dying for a copy of this book. From what I read it sounds like this title was written just for me and I can’t believe that I haven’t bought a copy yet!

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.jpgThese Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

This book sounds really interesting to me. Forbidden magic, political forces, pirates and royalty all wrapped into one book sounds like something I will absolutely love. I don’t really know what to expect from this one, but I really want to read it.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.jpgThe Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

My list wouldn’t be complete without The Starless Sea on it. I absolutely loved The Night Circus when I read it years ago and I am really excited that the author has finally come out with another novel. Erin Morgenstern’s writing is just absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to finally read her latest book.

all the stars and teeth by adalyn grace.jpgAll the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

I’ve been so hype for this book ever since I saw the cover reveal. This book sounds so incredible and I can’t wait to finally read it because I’ve been excited about this one for months now.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.jpgDaughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

I had a hard time picking this final title. The top four choices were easy, but this last one was between several books. There are just so many great looking pirate books out there! When I really looked at them all, this was the one that looked the best to me. This book looks like a truly fun adventure novel!


Mina @ Stacked Reviews

Stephanie @ Igniting Pages

Allie @ Alliee Reads

Amanda @ MetalPhantasmReads

Jessica @ Jessica Map Reviews

Check out other Book Blogger’s Top 5 Choices!

Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: ARR, Pirate Books, Matey!

Susan @ Novel Lives — Devils and Black Sheep Ahoy! Saturday Top Five Books With Pirates I Have Or Want To Read

Nen & Jen @ Nen & Jen — Top 5 Sat: Books that make me say ‘Ahoy!’

Let’s Chat!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are your favorite thing about pirates? Do you enjoy books set on boats or near the sea? Did you add any of these titles to your TBR?  What books about pirates do you recommend? Don’t forget to comment below so we can chat about books about pirates!

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  1. Amanda I’m so sorry about what has happened to you. And you are absolutely right. Emotional abuse, for any reason, is absolutely never ok.

    I saw your texts in the middle of my shift. I am working till 5 tomorrow but I am off till Friday afterwards. I wanted to make sure I could focus on you and support you fully. As soon as I get home, I will respond and be there for you in anyway I can.

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  2. I’m so sorry you had to go through that! Abuse of any kind is not ok, especially when it comes from someone you considered a friend.

    Books wise 99% of this post is on my TBR 😂. I have read Daughter of the Pirate King but I just couldn’t get into in. Great post & I hope you feel better soon 💛

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    1. No. It’s really not. And I think my followers could use to hear that because I have no idea what they’re going through, but it is something everyone could use to hear.

      I think I might really love Daughter of the Pirate King! As far as pirate books that I have read I highly recommend The Bone Ships!! Sooo great

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