Daisy and the Crimson Rose by Shoshana Louise | Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about?

Daisy, a young woman, who grows up in a patriarchal society where she is supposed to cook, clean and do as she is told. When she is sentenced to death for witchery pirate captain Willie Spade comes to her rescue. Aboard the Crimson Rose Daisy learns to fight and stand up for herself and soon she is drawn into the biggest adventure of her life.

What I think about it

I was asked by the author herself whether I’d read and give an honest review of her book 🙂 Sorry it took me so long to get round to writing the review … First of all, I love the cover, especially the details on the skull!

We meet Daisy Flynn for the first time as she is tending to the garden and admiring her flowers. Soon, it becomes clear that Daisy is trapped in her own version of Cinderella – with much more sexual violence. Still, Daisy does as she is told and remains gentle and a tad naïve maybe? I find it hard to believe that even with all that rape she is still a kind and warm-hearted person who trusts men. It’s only after she is rescued from the gallows by Captain Spade and her crew that she slowly learns that she doesn’t have to tolerate anything she is not comfortable with.

I find it tiring that in so many stories before the empowerment first needs to be rape and sexual assault. Can a woman not be strong and become a pirate without being raped first? Almost all of the female characters in the book had to endure sexual violence. Obviously, a topic that is immensely important and should be talked about and written about. Still, I find it a boring plot device to have all the female characters suffer in the same way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s – sadly – very realistic, especially if you consider the century the story is set. I’m so strongly opposed to sexual violence in any form and I hate to read about it in books or see it in TV series. I was expecting a pirate’s tale with elements of feminism and empowerment and not this huge amount of sexual violence. I am so tired of reading about that in books. I was on edge the entire time reading because I was expecting some more violence to unfold at any given moment and I admit of skipping pages here and there.

Le moi

I really liked the pirates, especially Captain Spade, she is so cool! Daisy on the other hand I didn’t like so much – must be the ongoing thing I have with protagonists, I rarely like them. Daisy’s character development was amazing, though! She went from small, prim, gentle Daisy who would never utter a word in her own defence to a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man – literally. Her journey was a joy to read about! And I loved the fantasy element that was strewn in with the mythical creatures of the seas.


Good storyline, good writing, good characters. If only for the sheer amount of sexual violence that I think is not necessary to write a story about female empowerment and feminism. Daisy had good character development which was a joy to read about!


  • Author: Shoshana Louise
  • Pages: 309
  • Publisher: Shoshana Louise
  • Release Date: May 7, 20219
  • ISBN: 978-1-7330050-0-5

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s