Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted November 8th, 2015 in Blog Tour, book review / 30 comments

Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #4.5
Publisher: Self-Published on November 2, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 278
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

French pirate Jean Lafitte is tall, cobalt-eyed, broad-shouldered, and immortal. What’s not to love? But New Orleans’ most esteemed member of the historical undead is headed for trouble. He’s determined to reclaim Le Diligent, his gold-laden schooner lost at sea in 1814 and recently found at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office might beg to differ.

New Orleans wizard sentinel DJ Jaco and her merman friend Rene Delachaise can either lock up their friend Lafitte or join him on a road trip to Cajun country in order to save him from himself. Terrebonne Parish—not to mention its jail—might never be the same after the events of the all-new novella Pirateship Down, presented here along with a collection of urban fantasy stories and essays.

Wizards and Cajun merfolk, sexy shapeshifters and undead French pirates. Welcome to the world of the Sentinels of New Orleans in this collection, along with a little Louisiana lagniappe. No previous knowledge of the series required!

At A Glance

Really good for an anthology.

The Good

First off, I would highly recommend The Sentinels of New Orleans series. Very entertaining and great characters all around. With Pirateship Down, we get short stories that are placed in different moments of the series. I am only going to mention my favorite stories though all of them had their charm.

“Rivalry” gave us an amazing insight on Alex and how he dealt with his shapeshifter status in the beginning. I felt so bad for him, dealing with that crap as a kid. But he was a strong kid like he is as an adult.

“Intervention” features Jake and Alex and the woman that tried to become between them. But this girl is not just a woman, she’s special, in a supernatural, bitch-face, evil way. I love Alex and Jake’s dysfunctional relationship. It’s like they hate/love each other. Like real relatives!

The crème de la crème story of the whole book is “Pirateship Down” which features our favorite dead pirate Jean Lafitte, the best merman ever, Rene, and DJ, the wizard we hope kicks everyone’s ass. Jean is determined to reclaim his sunk pirateship before the government takes it. Rene and DJ have no choice but to tag along to keep Jean out of trouble. They do a great job too as Jean almost shoots some scientists, gets arrested, gets beat up, and starts a prison riot. 😀 I seriously had a good time with this one. So many misadventures. Jean is hot as ever but a little scary in this one. I could see why he was such a feared pirate back in his day. And DJ grows some major lady balls. Go DJ! Show those men who’s boss.

The Bad

Obviously full length stories are almost always better than short stores in anthologies. Short stories are just not as satisfying. It’s not the book’s fault, it’s mine. I knew what I was getting into but I still wanted more. Technically, nothing was bad about Pirateship Down.

The Snuggly

No snuggly, and it wasn’t needed.

Final Thoughts

An overall great anthology. It would be hard to give any anthology 5 stars because who doesn’t want a complete story with all the bells and whistles? I would still recommend this one if you have read the series. There are a lot of insights and revelations that might be helpful. Very recommended.


Jean shifted his commentary from his guard to me. “Drusilla, a grievance must be made against these ruffians and thieves. They have stolen my clothing and given me only this…this….” He ran out of words.

“Ugly-ass orange jumpsuit?” I offered, always ready to help Jean with his command of modern English.

“Oui, exactement. I demand that you obtain my release, tout de suite. And you must know, a woman who allows her husband to remain in such conditions for an entire evening must face reprimand.”

I leaned back in the chair and crossed my arms. “And you must know that, in this day and age, should a man reprimand his wife too much, said wife might leave her husband to enjoy a longer time in his prison cell wearing his ugly-ass orange jumpsuit.”

About Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books, including the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award-winning Elysian Fields. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is author of the Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, including the 2013 Holt Medallion winner for paranormal romance Absolution, as well as The Collectors romantic suspense series, including Lovely, Dark, and Deep, 2015 Holt Medallion winner and 2015 Booksellers Best Award winner for romantic suspense. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, and loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, uptown New Orleans, all things Cajun (including a certain Cajun merman named Rene), and redneck reality TV.


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30 Responses to “Review: Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. miki

    Full story lenght is great yes but in this case it would have been difficult as well ebcause Suzanne is offering us that but .. Publisher would have a word to say if it’s longer and i doubt they would have accepted to sell it so quickly and at such a small price….

    and this anthology is also perfect for those who are new to the series^^, more action, more characters and so funny!!! i can’t resist Jean!! so i definitively recommend this book!

  2. Jaclyn Canada

    You’re right, anthologies just won’t be a full size book. I do love the extra time with characters I love though when it’s shorts in a series I’ve read. So glad you enjoyed it! I have the first one in the series on my to-read list.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      hehe, It sort of accidentally fell into this series and never looked back.

  3. Liz S

    Pirateship Down is a great way to meet the cast of characters and explore the Sentinel world. You can jump right in without knowing the overall story arc. Then you will want to get your hands on the full length stories! Buy the book, you won’t be disappointed!

  4. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Yea, all anthologies are good and bad but I’m glad this one leans toward the good. I so need to start this series and I want to do that before I dive into this one. I want the world established for me. I’m adding this one to that wishlist!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I think starting from book one would be better, but this could be read as a standalone if you wanted to push it.

  5. Christy

    I still need to read the last book in this series, but they take so long between books, so it’s nice to have this little bit to hold us over.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      True, I need these in-between books for the series that take forever to publish a book.

  6. Lily B

    yeah i had a hard time with anthologies, but this one sounds like it was done good. I really need to read her books, they sound amazing!

  7. Maria Behar

    I’ve already entered this giveaway on another blog, but wanted to comment anyway, to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your review! You definitely covered all the bases, and without giving anything away! I see that you, too, love Jean Laffite (what’s not to love?), even though he was a bit scary in this anthology.

    I LOVE this series myself!! I’ve only read the fourth book in it (it was imy intro. to the series), but oh, I want to read ALL the books!!

    Thanks for sharing your well-written thoughts!! Now following on Bloglovin’ and Twitter!! : )

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Thank you so much. So happy you enjoyed my review. I do love me some scary Jean Laffite!

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