Book Review: To Catch A Pirate

TO CATCH A PIRATE by Jade Parker
Publication Date: May 1st 2007 by Point

Summary: Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go.

When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold.  When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother.  He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace.  “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing.

A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him.  But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

Review Overview

  • Somewhat predictable, but nonetheless fun to read
  • PG romance ideal for younger YA audiences
  • Perfect length that satisfied my appetite of pirate lit for now

I get an immense craving for pirate stories every now and then. I somehow stumbled upon TO CATCH A PIRATE and it immediately caught my eye. Full of adventure and a dashing pirate, TO CATCH A PIRATE satisfied my appetite.

The plot was very predictable, but PIRATE still turned out to be a fun read. From the very first time Nathaniel was introduced, I knew that there was going to be a love triangle. Though we are given some inkling of a connection between Nathaniel and Annalisa, it is pretty obvious who the main character is going to end up with. Fortunately, getting the two main characters together is the whole fun of the book. We all want Annalisa to tame the rogue pirate. ;)

The romance was sweet in PIRATE and very PG. That’s understandable since it is YA, so it’s very much suitable for the younger YA audience. James, the hero of the story, is snarky and charming but not enough to make me swoon. He and Annalisa have great chemistry which made their interactions very fun to read.

PIRATE was the perfect length at just a little over 200 pages. The ending was well done. It left me satisfied enough as a reader, but it wasn’t drawn out and overdone. TO CATCH A PIRATE is a short light read full of pirate adventure that made me wish the weather was a tad warmer.


  1. How could I forget this book? I only lusted after it for two years in hope of coming across it in my local Library. I doubt I would love it now but I might just read it for the younger me who was so determined to get this book!

    1. Yes, it took me a while to get a copy as well. I finally managed to get one through Paperback Swap. I hope you are able to find one. :)

  2. I liked this book too! It was quick and fun. I wish it hadn’t gone out of print so quickly. I’ll have to track down a used copy because I could see myself reading this one again. I liked James :)

    1. I might end up putting this book up for trade after I lend it out to my friend. I’ll let you know if I do!

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