ScallywagAThon ‘20 Wrap Up

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m here to talk about a readathon I took part in this month, and that is ScallywagAThon. This is a pirate themed choose-your-own-adventure, where you follow a map and prompts to get to the treasure. You didn’t have to read pirate/sea/siren themed books – I know that I didn’t! This took place 16 August to 23 August, and it was so much fun – thank you’s go to the amazing captains!

So what did I read? Time to get out your treasure maps, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

2. Deep sea legend: based around myth(s). For this challenge, I read A Throne of Swans by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the A Throne of Swans series, which is a loose retelling and expansion of the folktale and infamous ballet, Swan Lake. This follows Aderyn, who has been unable to turn into her ancestral swan form since her mother’s murder. Now, she is under the rule of her uncle and must attend court. The court is full of betrayal and lies – how is she going to discover who orchestrated her mother’s death? And who can she trust? I absolutely loved this! There were classic elements of the original folktale, and its adaptations, but what I loved the most were the characters. They had so many layers to their personalities, whether it was their sexuality, or confidence, or drive. There were some twists I didn’t see coming, and I loved the romance so much! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and I highly recommend it. I rated this 5 stars.

7. Precious cargo: a middle grade book. This challenge was a complete deviation, and I’m so thankful that I did. For this, I read How to Survive Summer Camp by Jacqueline Wilson, which is a contemporary. This follows Stella, who is sent to a summer camp whilst her recently remarried mum goes on her honeymoon… This was such a fun read that took me straight back to my childhood! Stella is such a mixed bag of a character – she’s girly, whilst still having tomboy natures. She is able to talk to anyone, although often she can be disrespectful. Then again, she is of the age where children don’t mean to be cheeky, but do feel guilty about it. The plot is quite simple, and Stella goes on a journey to accept her flaws, challenge what she is used to, and grow as a person. I did feel there could have been more to this, it was a relatively quick read, and for that reason, I rated it 4 stars.

A. Washed ashore: a book published 3+ years ago. For this challenge, I deviated from my original plan, and read Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson, which is a middle grade contemporary. This follows Daisy, who is the new girl in her friendship group. The girls begin to celebrate their birthdays with sleepovers, but Daisy isn’t sure her parents will let her, especially as Daisy has a secret… This was yet another jump into my childhood, and this was a very fast read. This is a very simplistic plot, following each of the girl’s parties, and how they become more accepting of Daisy, and less so of bully Chloe. This deals well with bullying, as a focal point of the story is Daisy’s sister who is disabled. Whilst she is very loving towards her, Daisy is often conflicted, but it isn’t until she is able to introduce her to the other’s, that she becomes more of her own person, unashamed of her sister, and more accepting of the circumstances. Daisy’s dad is absolutely wonderful, is a huge comic relief character, and I thought the plot seemed quite realistic, however, I cannot speak for the representation. This being said, it is very simple, and I did rate this 3 stars.

9. Black Sails: a black cover. For this challenge, I deviated again, and read Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson, which is a middle grade contemporary. When Jayni’s father hits her, her mum decides enough is enough. Jayni, her mum and little brother run away with their lottery winnings to London, where they reinvent themselves as the Luck family, Jayni taking on the moniker, Lola Rose. Is their luck about to run out though? This was the last dive (of this post) into my childhood, and I honestly forgot how dark this was! This deals with cancer diagnoses, domestic violence, growing up, new starts, phobias, and running away. Jayni is so strong – she is there for everyone, and her aunt is a true joy – she’s large and in charge, chunky and funky! There could be more depth to this though, but it packs a punch with its plot and characters. I rated this 4 stars.

So that’s it for the readathon! I had so much fun with this – the Twitter conversations and challenges were so good, and I’m definitely joining in again. Did you become a pirate for the week? What did you read?

– ReadWriteZoe.

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