The Book: Viper by Bex Hogan
The Rating: 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
“He will make me a killer. Or he will have me killed. That is my destiny.”
Have you ever started reading a book, really not knowing what to expect, and then by the end of it you’re head-over-heels in love? That’s exactly what happened with me when I read Viper.
I was very lucky to receive an early published copy in one of my FairyLoot boxes, and although I’d heard a little bit about it, I wasn’t convinced that Viper was going to be a book I’d enjoy. Then I heard that the author, Bex Hogan, would be going to YALC, so I decided to put her book on my YALC reading list.
Now that I’ve finished it (in just two days I might add) I can tell you that this is the pirate book I had no idea I needed in my life! Since reading it, I’ve described it as Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with Six of Crows, and you can add a good dash of Game of Thrones (hello Iron Islander vibes) and a whole heap of originality!
This book is a swashbuckling adventure from start to finish, with plenty of drama in between and I absolutely adored it!
Our heroine is Marianne, the daughter of the Viper, a sea captain who has spent his life serving the King of the Eastern Islands, controlling the seas and assassinating those who would go against the King. Marianne is smart, brave, and very lost. She has never really fitted in on board her father’s ship, wanting to help people rather than murder them.
And then the trouble starts…
I don’t want to say too much more about the plot, because the action starts pretty much straight away in this book and I don’t want to spoil anything! The pacing is fantastic – it’s like reading an action movie. Something happens on every page, which I absolutely loved.
Marianne is a character that I connected with straight away, and I was supporting her throughout her journey. She’s also got some amazingly sarcastic and humorous lines which I adored! There were several times when I laughed out loud.
The other characters in the story are developed really well and are written in such a realistic way: I wanted Grace to be my best friend and I hated the bad guy with a passion! For several reasons, which you will see when you read Viper for yourself!
I realise this is a bit of a rambling review, but honestly I completely adored reading Viper and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I’ll definitely be asking Bex Hogan as many questions as I possibly can at YALC this summer!
Have you read Viper yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!