Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate. The only problem is, no one at the rough-and-tumble seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic books. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul and she will even arrange her own kidnaping to prove it. Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of reluctant pirates, a jilted fiancée, a reclusive master shipwright, and an old professor with a magical secret that could kill them all. Join the strangest assortment of characters you ll ever meet on the Nine Seas as they set sail for treasure and romance!
Swept Up by the Sea is a light-hearted pirate adventure that is almost a comedy of errors. At first I didn’t realize it was written for young adults and was frustrated at how the book was written – I had a hard time getting into the story and found it a bit ridiculous. Once I clued in that it was not written for me, but for my kids, it made much more sense. The main character is smarter than many of the adults around him, his love interest is an interesting caricature of the girl who would like to make what she reads in books into reality, and many of the adults are just plain twits.
I would not recommend this book for adults, but if you have a teen that is looking for a summer book that is fun, full of fantasy and does not involve having to kill or be killed, Swept Up by the Sea is a definite winner.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Shadow Mountain Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.