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A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates   Anne Bonny had it all—her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation—but a new enemy has her on the run and it’ll take all of Anne’s courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Roge A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates   Anne Bonny had it all—her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation—but a new enemy has her on the run and it’ll take all of Anne’s courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Roger, a zealot who has sworn to eliminate piracy. With no plan to escape, Anne must persuade her crew to seek the meaning of her dream—or perish. Full of sass, solidarity, and swordplay, Tell No Tales is a graphic novel about belonging, belief, and how far we’re willing to go to protect the ones we love.  


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A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates   Anne Bonny had it all—her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation—but a new enemy has her on the run and it’ll take all of Anne’s courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Roge A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates   Anne Bonny had it all—her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation—but a new enemy has her on the run and it’ll take all of Anne’s courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Roger, a zealot who has sworn to eliminate piracy. With no plan to escape, Anne must persuade her crew to seek the meaning of her dream—or perish. Full of sass, solidarity, and swordplay, Tell No Tales is a graphic novel about belonging, belief, and how far we’re willing to go to protect the ones we love.  

30 review for Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yoda

    My hopes were a bit high for this one, it had an impact on my actual experience. This was an alright read, illustrations were nice, the story jumped a lot, too much in my opinion. It felt rushed. I almost gave up on it when I saw the emoji as a way to censure curses. It was okay, probably better if you´re not hyping it up before you even buy it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    This book was SUCH a joy to read. Firstly, it seems like a lot of the reviews here are based on the black and white ARC -- trust, this beauty is in full color, and tons of fun from beginning to end. The story grabbed me from the start, but what really brings the book to life is the characters and their relationships. The dialogue is so fun, and I loved the importance placed on working together and believing in each other. The book is clearly written for a younger audience, and hits that mark per This book was SUCH a joy to read. Firstly, it seems like a lot of the reviews here are based on the black and white ARC -- trust, this beauty is in full color, and tons of fun from beginning to end. The story grabbed me from the start, but what really brings the book to life is the characters and their relationships. The dialogue is so fun, and I loved the importance placed on working together and believing in each other. The book is clearly written for a younger audience, and hits that mark perfectly, but as a 34 year old woman I found it to be really emotionally engaging and a much-needed reprieve from real life. And the use of emojis that everyone on here seems to so dislike? I loved it. Much more charming than reviews would suggest. Overall I'm so impressed with this book, the art and the writing are incredibly fun, and I'd 100% recommend to anyone of any age.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I wanted to like this graphic novel, but I couldn't get past the twenty-first century lens through which the author filtered everything about history. The language and concepts that the characters use are very contemporary, especially in regards to social justice issues, and in one speech bubble, there was a poop emoji. Is this the new clever way to censor a word instead of putting in asterisks? There's a chance that this element will change before publication, since I read this book as an uncor I wanted to like this graphic novel, but I couldn't get past the twenty-first century lens through which the author filtered everything about history. The language and concepts that the characters use are very contemporary, especially in regards to social justice issues, and in one speech bubble, there was a poop emoji. Is this the new clever way to censor a word instead of putting in asterisks? There's a chance that this element will change before publication, since I read this book as an uncorrected proof, but... WHY? This story is set in the 1700s! People did not use emojis in my childhood, but I'm supposed to suspend disbelief about an emoji in a book set prior to the American Revolution? The telegraph wasn't even invented yet, let alone texting! If my library gets a finished copy of this book, I would be interested to flip through it again and see what changed before publication. Hopefully the emoji will be gone, and I'm sure that it will be easier to keep track of the characters when they are depicted in color, with recognizable costumes. With the unfinished, black and white sketches, I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, and which backstory belonged to which character. It's possible that this is a problem with the storytelling, but I think that I would have had a different experience if the characters had been depicted in color, as they will be in the finished product. Overall, this story is creative, with its fictional take on some real-life female pirates, but even though I wanted to enjoy it, nothing about this worked for me. I struggled to keep up with the characters, the story seemed a bit overzealous and cluttered with different side plots, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief past the incredibly heavy-handed, twenty-first century messages about feminism and gender fluidity. Also, the villains are completely one-dimensional, and this book celebrates piracy without an honest reckoning with the violence involved. The historical note in the back correctly explains that part of why pirates were so hated, feared, and reviled is because members of the establishment mounted an effective negative PR campaign against them. The British Navy found the pirates' peer equality and democratic leadership style threatening to their abusive and hierarchical system, and pirates also challenged the status quo by pillaging from colonists who had gotten their gain unjustly. However, even though all of this is true, pirates were incredibly violent against those outside of their crews, and the book also elevates stealing from the wealthy in general, not just those who have ill-gotten gain. Even though this book is supposed to illumine a different side of history, it is incredibly one-dimensional. It celebrates pirates as fabulous, boundary-breaking, and totally modern, without recreating the past in any real or meaningful sense. I got very tired of all the strong messages about how great it was that the pirates stole, and how brave and fabulous they were. It's important to look at history from a balanced perspective, instead of only listening to the powerful and victorious, but this book makes absolutely no effort at providing nuance about the realities of piracy in the 1700s. I probably would have enjoyed this more if it had been set in a fantasy world, and hadn't been intended to resemble reality. There were so many fantastical elements in this book that this would have worked well, but instead, I am just a grumpy history major, negatively comparing this to the nuanced, incredibly interesting journal article that I read about piracy a couple years ago. I wish that I could review this positively. Since I love adventurous graphic novels with strong female characters, I thought that this would be great, and I never would have requested this from NetGalley if I had known that I would have to give it such a negative review at the very beginning of its release to the world. But, alas, this was too unhistorical, abrasively woke, and one-dimensional for me to give it more than two stars. I received a temporary digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    AWESOME RACIALLY DIVERSE LADY PIRATES? CHECK AWESOME QUEER AND TRANS PIRATES? CHECK AMAZING SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURES ON THE HIGH SEAS WITH A SIDE OF LESSONS ABOUT COLONIALISM, BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF, OVERCOMING PERSONAL CHALLENGES, RECONCILING ONE'S PAST WITH ONE'S PRESENT, DISCOVERING ONE'S IDENTITY, ETC.? VERY MANY CHECKS! ALSO IT IS VERY FUNNY AND THE ART IS GREAT Don't mind me I'll just be out here recommending this to every child (and teen and adult) forever. AWESOME RACIALLY DIVERSE LADY PIRATES? CHECK AWESOME QUEER AND TRANS PIRATES? CHECK AMAZING SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURES ON THE HIGH SEAS WITH A SIDE OF LESSONS ABOUT COLONIALISM, BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF, OVERCOMING PERSONAL CHALLENGES, RECONCILING ONE'S PAST WITH ONE'S PRESENT, DISCOVERING ONE'S IDENTITY, ETC.? VERY MANY CHECKS! ALSO IT IS VERY FUNNY AND THE ART IS GREAT Don't mind me I'll just be out here recommending this to every child (and teen and adult) forever.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    This was a fun retelling of the story of female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The art style was fun and I enjoyed the sarcastic narrative style. When pirates start disappearing from the seas, Bonny and her crew take it upon themselves to put a stop to it. They all have to overcome their own personal demons to pull together a plan to face down the danger. *Review copy provided by NetGalley*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    More thoughts to come, but for now I'll just say I liked the historical notes that came at the end more than I enjoyed the actual story. Yay for real historical figures, yay for lesbian pirates, everything else...I could have done without (using the poop emoji to censor swear words, etc). More thoughts to come, but for now I'll just say I liked the historical notes that came at the end more than I enjoyed the actual story. Yay for real historical figures, yay for lesbian pirates, everything else...I could have done without (using the poop emoji to censor swear words, etc).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I wanted to like this but it just didn't capture my attention. I think the illustrations are brilliant but the storyline seemed lacking. I particularly enjoyed the history section at the end. I wish there had been more in this graphic novel. I wanted to like this but it just didn't capture my attention. I think the illustrations are brilliant but the storyline seemed lacking. I particularly enjoyed the history section at the end. I wish there had been more in this graphic novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    This book was just so charming and my biggest wish is that this gets many more entries in the series! I can’t way to see what this gang gets up to. I love that everyone reading this gets a sense of the many ways that people fought back against the tyranny of colonialism, especially kids! It’s so difficult to convey stories like this in a way that’s both fun and educational and this has the perfect balance between the two. The art here in the final book is vividly colourful and filled with so man This book was just so charming and my biggest wish is that this gets many more entries in the series! I can’t way to see what this gang gets up to. I love that everyone reading this gets a sense of the many ways that people fought back against the tyranny of colonialism, especially kids! It’s so difficult to convey stories like this in a way that’s both fun and educational and this has the perfect balance between the two. The art here in the final book is vividly colourful and filled with so many adorable sight gags. The characters’ expressions (including the sweet kitty) were pitch perfect. I strongly disagree with some of the reviews that found the (mind you very sparingly used—just a handful in a 150 page book) emojis jarring—I thought they were very cute and funny and that middle grade kids (the target audience for this) will love it! Lastly I don’t understand the hang-wringing in some of the reviews about the dark side of piracy. Children’s books often simplify concepts and edit down things such as violence. There is a bounty full of media that shows kids the “dark side” or piracy—think of how many books show pirates as one dimensional villains! It’s about time we also got books about how pirates were positive forces and a means of freedom for the downtrodden. Also if you’re a parent who thinks this book portrays piracy as a bit too positively, then you can easily take your kiddo aside and talk to them about it. This book will prompt lots of interesting conversations with your kids. Also, although this book is aimed at a middle grade audience I loved it as an adult! Highly recommend! :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas is a biographical graphic novel written by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Kendra Wells. It centers on the infamous Anne Bonny, a pirate, who happens to be female. Anne Bonny was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. It is an original story narrated by the infamous Anne Bonny, whose crew attempts to outrun and then outsmart a powerful and terrifying pirate hunter. There's actual history here, as w Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas is a biographical graphic novel written by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Kendra Wells. It centers on the infamous Anne Bonny, a pirate, who happens to be female. Anne Bonny was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. It is an original story narrated by the infamous Anne Bonny, whose crew attempts to outrun and then outsmart a powerful and terrifying pirate hunter. There's actual history here, as well as a great cast of characters, but the plot itself is too weak to sustain the length of the book. Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas is written and constructed moderately well. Wells' character designs and backgrounds are detailed and beautiful, the colors bright and the panel flow easy to follow, even when the book steers away from traditional page layouts. However, the narrative falls flat as the dialogue gets clunky anytime there's necessary exposition, and the narrative asides from Anne often feel snarky in a bad way. Furthermore, curse words are replaced with emojis, which is ostensibly because this book is aimed at younger readers, but the effect is less funny and more grating than Maggs and Wells surely intended it to be. All in all, Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas is a moderately graphic novel centering on one of the few female pirates in Anne Bonny.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Perkins

    What a disappointing read. The illustrations are beautiful and it looked interesting from the description and cover, but it's very poorly written. No suspense. It couldn't hold my attention, I kept drifting off and realizing that I hadn't absorbed anything that I was reading, so I had to re-read pages. The characters are poorly developed. Pirates are made out to be absolute heroes as a part of their modern take on real life female pirates, but this seems to be a very one sided view. The author d What a disappointing read. The illustrations are beautiful and it looked interesting from the description and cover, but it's very poorly written. No suspense. It couldn't hold my attention, I kept drifting off and realizing that I hadn't absorbed anything that I was reading, so I had to re-read pages. The characters are poorly developed. Pirates are made out to be absolute heroes as a part of their modern take on real life female pirates, but this seems to be a very one sided view. The author doesn't try to address the moral issue here of portraying her group of pirates as being amazing heroic underdogs, yet they steal and attack others to survive. Unclear message for the reader. The humor fell flat. Weird emoji usage to censor swears? Poo emoji and donkey emoji indicating the words s*** and a**? Difficult language thrown in like judicial contract and hypocrisy, which would be fine, but they don't explain it. If a young reader reads new and more advanced language there should be enough story around it (images/dialogue) to explain it. There's isn't. It's totally confusing. Wouldn't recommend this title.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shilo Quetchenbach

    I was looking forward to this one but it just didn't.... I don't know. For one thing, it would be better in color than black and white - but I don't know if the final version is in color and it was just the arc that was black and white? Mostly it was just confusing though. It wasn't always clear which of the crew was speaking. Each crew member got a side story of a few pages so at least they each were distinct personalities, but... The overarching story didn't make much sense. It was also very s I was looking forward to this one but it just didn't.... I don't know. For one thing, it would be better in color than black and white - but I don't know if the final version is in color and it was just the arc that was black and white? Mostly it was just confusing though. It wasn't always clear which of the crew was speaking. Each crew member got a side story of a few pages so at least they each were distinct personalities, but... The overarching story didn't make much sense. It was also very short, so that very little time is actually spent on the overarching story. I think if it were twice as long I would have liked it better and had a better grasp of what was going on. Also it was really annoying that when one of the characters cursed they replaced the word with the poop emoji. Like... why? It felt gimmicky and condescending or something. Mostly I was just reading to get it over with because I didn't care at all and I normally LOVE pirate stories. Thanks to NetGalley and ABRAMS kids for providing an e-arc for review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tab Atkins-Bittner

    I really enjoyed this book! The story was a fun and funny (dramatized) tale based around the real-life pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, with the rest of the cast also either real historical figures or realistic extrapolations from existing cultures of the Caribbean. It was fast-paced and easy to get through, and Kendra's illustrations do amazing work supporting the character's personalities and making the whole thing delightful to read. The story is clearly intended for a younger audience - I'd I really enjoyed this book! The story was a fun and funny (dramatized) tale based around the real-life pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, with the rest of the cast also either real historical figures or realistic extrapolations from existing cultures of the Caribbean. It was fast-paced and easy to get through, and Kendra's illustrations do amazing work supporting the character's personalities and making the whole thing delightful to read. The story is clearly intended for a younger audience - I'd say maybe 8-12 ideally? - tho it's fine for a younger audience (nothing shocking, just some topics addressed, like slavery, that will need adult explanation) and it's a fun quick romp for an older audience as well. I'm going to give it another more careful read-thru in a few days, then send it off to my brother for his kids to enjoy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Loved this graphic novel! What could be better than lady pirates on the high-seas! Sixteen year old Anne Bonny is the captain of her own ship La Sirene and has a wonderful crew of diverse misfits who are an absolute delight. They are adventuring but also running from the evil Woodes Rogers who has sworn to eliminate piracy and especially Anne and her shipmates. To save themselves, Anne's shipmates must each confront their own past so that their combined strengths in working together will defeat Loved this graphic novel! What could be better than lady pirates on the high-seas! Sixteen year old Anne Bonny is the captain of her own ship La Sirene and has a wonderful crew of diverse misfits who are an absolute delight. They are adventuring but also running from the evil Woodes Rogers who has sworn to eliminate piracy and especially Anne and her shipmates. To save themselves, Anne's shipmates must each confront their own past so that their combined strengths in working together will defeat Rogers. This is a wonderful novel about belonging and believing in yourself and others and I highly recommend it for middle grade readers - and for anyone else looking for a good story. My only complaint? I wanted more! I need more stories from Anne Bonny and Mary Read's adventures. More please!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like this, the synopsis sounded really interesting. I love the concept of a graphic novel about pirates, but I just couldn’t get into this book. I felt like it was missing something. I also felt that the characters were lacking and it was hard to tell who was who. The poop emoji felt out of place in a historical fiction graphic novel. I appreciate the illustrations and can’t wait to see it in paper form. I liked the histo I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like this, the synopsis sounded really interesting. I love the concept of a graphic novel about pirates, but I just couldn’t get into this book. I felt like it was missing something. I also felt that the characters were lacking and it was hard to tell who was who. The poop emoji felt out of place in a historical fiction graphic novel. I appreciate the illustrations and can’t wait to see it in paper form. I liked the historical context at the end because it cleared up what was going on in the story and the background that I was looking for. I think the length of the book is perfect for younger readers as it is intended for.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    This was a quick, fun read! I had a bit of trouble following the story and keeping track of the characters at first, but once the plot got going, it all came together very nicely. The small sections focusing on each character really let the reader get to know the whole crew, and though Anne remains the star of the show throughout, each member of the crew is given their own time to shine. I really appreciated the epilogue about the real history behind the story - it was so interesting to see wher This was a quick, fun read! I had a bit of trouble following the story and keeping track of the characters at first, but once the plot got going, it all came together very nicely. The small sections focusing on each character really let the reader get to know the whole crew, and though Anne remains the star of the show throughout, each member of the crew is given their own time to shine. I really appreciated the epilogue about the real history behind the story - it was so interesting to see where the inspiration came from for different parts of the story! CW: violence, suicide attempt, references to slavery I recieved an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I would have loved this book as a kid. This is a fun story about lady pirates in the Caribbean in the 18th century, working together to fight off the patriarchy. I appreciate how LGBTQ characters are used in this story. Gender and sexuality aren't a big thing; they just are. It doesn't focus on the moral implications of piracy, considering its being told by pirates, but it does explore the social ills of slavery, colonization, and the various foreign powers trying to take over the Caribbean. It' I would have loved this book as a kid. This is a fun story about lady pirates in the Caribbean in the 18th century, working together to fight off the patriarchy. I appreciate how LGBTQ characters are used in this story. Gender and sexuality aren't a big thing; they just are. It doesn't focus on the moral implications of piracy, considering its being told by pirates, but it does explore the social ills of slavery, colonization, and the various foreign powers trying to take over the Caribbean. It's a nice balance of fun adventure and historical context. The two pages in the back regarding the history that inspired this book made the story even more interesting to me, and I hope it leads to more kids reading about lady pirates.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked the idea of this graphic novel. I certainly liked the idea that this was going to be about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the two infamous women pirates, I had heard tales about. So, I was a little startled by this telling, which although had extensive research leading up to its creation, didn't quite work for me. I loved the historic things that were inserted, that were new to me, but the two main characters, those swash buckling women, seemed, I don't know, off. Perhaps I would have liked it I liked the idea of this graphic novel. I certainly liked the idea that this was going to be about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the two infamous women pirates, I had heard tales about. So, I was a little startled by this telling, which although had extensive research leading up to its creation, didn't quite work for me. I loved the historic things that were inserted, that were new to me, but the two main characters, those swash buckling women, seemed, I don't know, off. Perhaps I would have liked it better if they hadn't used the historical women pirates? I don't know. It was a good attempt. Thanks to Edelweiss for making this book available for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Kenkel

    Lovely story, lovely art, lovely kitty with 6 paws. I love the trope of having a group of people in which each character represents something different (bravery, cunning, conviction...) and this is done adorably and with a hint of self-awareness ("It's fine! We have magical dream things!"). Anne and Read's relationship is believable, adorable, and low-key in a way I really appreciate. They love each other, but their romance isn't the center of the story because romance doesn't have to be the cen Lovely story, lovely art, lovely kitty with 6 paws. I love the trope of having a group of people in which each character represents something different (bravery, cunning, conviction...) and this is done adorably and with a hint of self-awareness ("It's fine! We have magical dream things!"). Anne and Read's relationship is believable, adorable, and low-key in a way I really appreciate. They love each other, but their romance isn't the center of the story because romance doesn't have to be the center of your life. The art is evocative and gorgeous. The peril is high stakes enough to keep me invested but not too scary for younger kids.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I knew I was in trouble the second I realized the first page opened on a dream sequence. The art and the terrifically diverse cast of pirates (based in part on real historical figures) are so good, but the story is a jumbled mess of dreams, magic, action, quests, and anachronistic steampunk. Instead of golden plunder, the pirate crew goes on a hunt for Bravery, Cunning, Conviction, Strength, and Kindness. Isn't that the plot of Pooh's Grand Adventure? Or at least some Care Bears or My Little Pony I knew I was in trouble the second I realized the first page opened on a dream sequence. The art and the terrifically diverse cast of pirates (based in part on real historical figures) are so good, but the story is a jumbled mess of dreams, magic, action, quests, and anachronistic steampunk. Instead of golden plunder, the pirate crew goes on a hunt for Bravery, Cunning, Conviction, Strength, and Kindness. Isn't that the plot of Pooh's Grand Adventure? Or at least some Care Bears or My Little Pony movie? And then it ends on a cliffhanger and a narrator reveal I could have done without.

  20. 4 out of 5

    KappaBooks

    TW: period typical violence, racism, ableism This was overall cute! I think I originally heard this pitched as a YA graphic novel, but it definitely leans younger side of YA/middle grade, which is fine! This was that sub-genre of "mostly historical fiction with one or two fantastical/alt history things." It was very much a "power of friendship" type of book, which I'm always a fan of. Plus just about everyone on the ship was queer and Read was nonbinary so that just made my heart sing I just... wasn TW: period typical violence, racism, ableism This was overall cute! I think I originally heard this pitched as a YA graphic novel, but it definitely leans younger side of YA/middle grade, which is fine! This was that sub-genre of "mostly historical fiction with one or two fantastical/alt history things." It was very much a "power of friendship" type of book, which I'm always a fan of. Plus just about everyone on the ship was queer and Read was nonbinary so that just made my heart sing I just... wasn't a fan of the ending. If it was a confirmed series it'd be one thing but im not sure how i feel about it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Goad

    The story was fun and the drawings were really cute! I would have liked for it to be less "modern". I understand that sometimes it's cool to make a historical book more 20th century, but I felt like it detracted from the atmosphere of the book. My daughter and I went into it thinking it was more of a nonfiction type book since she's currently into learning everything there is to know about pirates; but it was more of a fantasy read. The poop emoji to sensor bad words was also a strange choice an The story was fun and the drawings were really cute! I would have liked for it to be less "modern". I understand that sometimes it's cool to make a historical book more 20th century, but I felt like it detracted from the atmosphere of the book. My daughter and I went into it thinking it was more of a nonfiction type book since she's currently into learning everything there is to know about pirates; but it was more of a fantasy read. The poop emoji to sensor bad words was also a strange choice and kind of jarred us out of the story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess Maggio

    I've been following Kendra since they were doing Glee comics in 2012 so I was ALL OVER this book when it was announced. And actually reading it and finding all of the WOMEN and GAYS and NONBINARY DUTCH PIRATES I was incredibly in love. This is a Story and a series that I am very much into and extremely invested in. Who do I talk to about making this into a multi-book deal? Do I call a publisher? I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THESE CREATORS MORE WORK PLEASE I've been following Kendra since they were doing Glee comics in 2012 so I was ALL OVER this book when it was announced. And actually reading it and finding all of the WOMEN and GAYS and NONBINARY DUTCH PIRATES I was incredibly in love. This is a Story and a series that I am very much into and extremely invested in. Who do I talk to about making this into a multi-book deal? Do I call a publisher? I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THESE CREATORS MORE WORK PLEASE

  23. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    A super imaginative graphic novel about queer pirates with characters based on real figures from history! Anne Bonny captains La Sirene with Mary Read at her side. Calico Jack makes an appearance as well in this wildly entertaining story. La Sirene is on the run from the mysterious Woodes Rogers and deciphering Anne's recurring dream might be the only way to stop him. A super imaginative graphic novel about queer pirates with characters based on real figures from history! Anne Bonny captains La Sirene with Mary Read at her side. Calico Jack makes an appearance as well in this wildly entertaining story. La Sirene is on the run from the mysterious Woodes Rogers and deciphering Anne's recurring dream might be the only way to stop him.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Jeske

    This is a book celebrating the joy of found family, adventure, and following one's own path. It kept me smiling from beginning to end. I love any book about pirates, especially Anne Bonny & Mary Read and this interpretation is my new favorite. Also... I would die for Kati and Mimba. Protect them at all costs! This is a book celebrating the joy of found family, adventure, and following one's own path. It kept me smiling from beginning to end. I love any book about pirates, especially Anne Bonny & Mary Read and this interpretation is my new favorite. Also... I would die for Kati and Mimba. Protect them at all costs!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    The artwork is so cute and endearing. <3 You've to have some serious suspension of disbelief (the story tries to address some issues instead of ignoring the elephant in the room), but this wasn't bad. Not sure why the ladies and Read follow Anne to hell and back, but maybe that's unnecessary filler. Good for a relatively quick read. The artwork is so cute and endearing. <3 You've to have some serious suspension of disbelief (the story tries to address some issues instead of ignoring the elephant in the room), but this wasn't bad. Not sure why the ladies and Read follow Anne to hell and back, but maybe that's unnecessary filler. Good for a relatively quick read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    I’ve been following Kendra’s work for a while and was very excited to pick up this graphic novel to support them. Historical queer pirates! The art is lovely and the characters are fun, and of course the cat is adorable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    While I liked 'Tell No Tales' as a whole, I was mixed on some of the more modern language choices (a few emojis popped up here and there), Wells' illustrations, and liberties taken with all the historical figures. However, the queer subtext and diversity of the pirate crew was greatly appreciated. While I liked 'Tell No Tales' as a whole, I was mixed on some of the more modern language choices (a few emojis popped up here and there), Wells' illustrations, and liberties taken with all the historical figures. However, the queer subtext and diversity of the pirate crew was greatly appreciated.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ea

    The idea was better than the execution of this, I think. Clearly a lot of research had went into it, and while it was very imaginative, I felt it was maybe slightly.. too imaginative? I had hoped for more fleshed out characters and a stronger story, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if it had been longer and the characters had had more time to be developed? Some strange use of poop-emojis to censor swearwords (I don't know if that stays in the published version as I read an ARC) really took The idea was better than the execution of this, I think. Clearly a lot of research had went into it, and while it was very imaginative, I felt it was maybe slightly.. too imaginative? I had hoped for more fleshed out characters and a stronger story, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if it had been longer and the characters had had more time to be developed? Some strange use of poop-emojis to censor swearwords (I don't know if that stays in the published version as I read an ARC) really took me out of the story. Overall just a very meh experience for me. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Sadly this was just okay, not great but not terrible. Love love love the LGBTQ+ representation and diverse characters. For me the story was lacking and disjointed.

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