Book Review: The Princess Mutiny by L. J. Surrage (Spoiler-Free!)

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Anastasia Windell is not your average princess. Even as an heir to the Eagen Empire, she craves adventure, fun, and excitement that her life as a royal simply can’t give her.

An arranged marriage to an unhinged Duke and a stubborn father is enough to send Anya over the edge, as she is forced to take her life into her own hands. By staging her escape in disguise, Anastasia makes a bid for freedom and sails to the West Indies, and unintentionally falls under the tutelage of notorious pirate lord Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. She doesn’t know what the Caribbean will hold for her, but she’s willing to bet that even piracy is better than life at the mercy of an abusive and powerful husband.


This is actually the first pirate book that I’ve ever read, and it was an enjoyable read. There were a few things that I didn’t like about it, but then there were things I loved. The characters, for example, they really intrigued me.

The main character, Anya, is a princess. Not your typical princess, however. I loved her! She was strong, ambitious, independent and didn’t take crap from anyone. When she realised she was in a potentially dangerous situation, she went through a lot to get herself out of it and to ensure that she stayed safe. There’s so much I admire about her. She went through so much awful things, some at the hands of those who are meant to love and protect her, and in my opinion, she came out pretty well from it.

George was the absolute worst. I could not stand him. But that was the authors intention, so I just want to mention how well written he is. His actions were despicable. One of the worst villains!

The plot was really interesting. I read most of it over one day when I had nothing to do. However, I felt that some parts were a bit slow-paced, and without spoiling anything, there were certain things that just seemed just a bit too easy for Anya. There are also quite a lot of time jumps in this book. It didn’t bother me, but there were quite a few.

Overall, The Princess Mutiny was a nice read for a day when I had nothing to do, and I liked it. I give it 3.5 stars.





I’d like to thank L. J. Surrage for sending me a copy of The Princess Mutiny in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

-Books&Belle xx




On October 28th, I attended Comic Con with my friend for the second year in a row! It was just as much fun as it was the first time around, and I’m honestly so excited for next year. I’m already jotting down ideas for my costume.

Last year, I went as Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, because there was no way that I was going to pass up the chance to dress up in Hogwarts robes, use a wand, and pretend to be a witch for the day. It was AMAZING. Even though I felt like I was slightly betraying my house (Slytherin) by wearing Gryffindor robes. My friend went as Marty McFly from Back To The Future, and was super annoyed when after we left, she went online and found out that the was a DeLorean there. She did manage to get a picture this year, though, which she was happy about.


This year, I went as Feyre Archeron from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I got to wear a pretty dress and act like a High Lady who had Rhysand, so it was pretty good. Someone even recognised who I was, which happened so much last year, but I wasn’t really expecting this year. You can probably tell from the picture that my friend went as Tinkerbelle, which I thought was great as she is most definitely the right size for her!

The whole day was amazing. I didn’t buy as much stuff this year as I did last year (I had more restraint!) but I did buy a book, ‘Because You Love To Hate Me’ and a few other little bits. I also got some SJM goodies! A poster and a pencil case, which I was very pleased with.

I also got to briefly see Ana whilst we were there, she saw us walking past and quickly ran after me, so it was lovely to see her!


Overall, I had a really good day. I did consider going to the one in May, but I’ve decided against it as it’s exam seasons and I need to be a good student and focus on getting good grades and passing my A Levels so I can go to university next year. But, I’ll definitely be going to the October one.


-Books&Belle xx