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ARC Review: Tell No Tales by Sam Maggs

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was looking forward to this one but it just didn’t…. I don’t know. For one thing, it would be better in color than black and white – but I don’t know if the final version is in color and it was just the arc that was black and white? Mostly it was just confusing though. It wasn’t always clear which of the crew was speaking. Each crew member got a side story of a few pages so at least they each were distinct personalities, but… The overarching story didn’t make much sense. It was also very short, so that very little time is actually spent on the overarching story. I think if it were twice as long I would have liked it better and had a better grasp of what was going on. Also it was really annoying that when one of the characters cursed they replaced the word with the poop emoji. Like… why? It felt gimmicky and condescending or something. Mostly I was just reading to get it over with because I didn’t care at all and I normally LOVE pirate stories.

Thanks to NetGalley and ABRAMS kids for providing an e-arc for review.

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