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The Unbinding of Mary Reade

A clever, romantic novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jackand fell in love with Anne Bonny.Theres no place for a girl in Marys world. Not in the home of her mum, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where no girl can be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Marys livelihoodand her safetydepends on her ability to disguise her gender.At least, thats what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and in the midst of the gang of cutthroats, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain, earning herself the chance to join the account and become a pirate alongsi...

Title : The Unbinding of Mary Reade
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ISBN : 32295460
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The Unbinding of Mary Reade Reviews

  • Chiara

    A copy of this novel was provided by Sky Pony Press for review via Edelweiss.


    1) Queer pirates!!!!

    2) Queer pirates falling in love!!!

    3) Gender discourse regarding the cross-dressing storyline!!

    4) Pirating!


    1) I suppose I’ll give The Unbinding of Mary Reade this one. This book was about a queer pirate girl, and also featured another queer pirate girl. I think this aspect was my favourite of the entire book. The fact that it was about queer pirates.

    2) There were queer pirates fall

  • Acqua

    The Unbinding of Mary Reade is a historical fiction standalone novel following Mary Reade, a girl who dresses as a boy to become a pirate, before and after she met Anne Bonny, a pirate girl Mary will fall in love with.

    I didn’t have any strong feelings about this book. Nothing stood out to me, and the only thing I actually liked about it was the premise.

    When I read a book about pirates, I hope to find interesting adventures and people exploring new places, not 300 pages of the main character tryi

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Release date: June 19, 2018

    I think the idea of this book is awesome: it's based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a guy so she could sail with a lady pirate... and they fall in love.

    However, almost nothing about the book worked for me. The writing was extremely average and awkward at times, the characters were dull, the plot was boring (HOW can you make pirates boring?!), and so much of it just felt... off. The main character definitely felt younger than 17, yet I wouldn't rec

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    Well, I tried. I got through the first 8% of the book before saying goodbye to it. It's been so long since a book bored me like this one did--and to think, it's supposedly a kick-ass pirate book.

    The writing was bland, the main character had a weird, confusing personality, and I couldn't tell the difference between any of the side characters.

    *I won't be rating this since I didn't get to my 30% DNF mark.

  • Toni

    I want more books like this.

    I want more pirates. I want more ships. I want more ocean.

    But most importantly I want more exploration of gender and sexuality!!

    I will not say this book is without flaw, but I will say I think McNamara went about the harder topics of homophobia and sexism in a way that would be true to the time (the 1700's), AS WELL AS gave our main character so much strength that the message of that prejudice being okay would ever come home with the reader.

    The element of self disco

  • Karin

    "Want to read" is an understatement ☠

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    up for free on Netgalley! it's 2018 and someone is publishing Anne Bonny x Mary Reade fanfiction and it deserves love

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found here!

    1.5/5 – DNF at 36%

    TW: homophobia, transphobia, and sexism

    Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy! This did not affect my rating/review.

    Well, no one is more disappointed than I am. I thought that I would love or, at least, really enjoy this book. But I didn’t.

    This book is a retelling of Mary Reade’s life. It’s well-known that she dressed as a male after her older half-brother died and her mother needed more income. This book takes that and then expands it to en ...more