K.L. Parry’s Works
Tales of the Emerald Pools
Girl in the Mermaid Tail
She was lucky to be alive – at least that’s what they kept telling Jade after the funeral service. It wasn’t much consolation. If only she hadn’t killed her mother and nearly done the same to her father she might have been able to tolerate all the well-wishers, back patters and huggers – but she did.
Jade Lang’s troubles began over the previous summer break when her parents decided to relocate the family to Las Vegas. Fifteen at the time, Jade had protested – even argued against the move, but she had no choice but to leave the only home she’d ever known.
Who wouldn’t have been bitter? Her parents had made a ruined mess of her life!
Jade wanted them to see how she hurt. She wanted to punish them, a little – but she’d never wanted this!
Crippled by guilt, her only relief is the distraction she’s found in the stranger that has invaded her backyard pool – a young man with a charming smile and sparkling eyes, and a fishy-tail so life-like that it looks almost real.
Girl in the Mermaid Tail is a darkly twisted, suspenseful and emotional journey into the mind of a troubled teenage girl.
The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom
Full Review from Historical Novel Review
K.L. Parry’s novel The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom is a rousing, high seas adventure about 14-year-old Blue, her father, his nemesis, and Lady Rebbecca Wolf.
After Blue and her mother are summoned to Lord Wolf’s manor to work as temporary lacemakers, Blue finds herself forging an unlikely friendship with Lord Wolf’s ill-tempered, tyrannical daughter Rebbecca. When Blue’s departure for home threatens to separate them, Rebbecca concocts a cruel scheme to keep them together forever. That’s where the adventure truly begins.
After Blue escapes Lord Wolf’s manor, unwillingly taking Rebbecca along, she sets out to find her father Perseus, who, unknown to Blue, is actually the famous pirate Dead Eye Pete. Capture by the mysterious, vindictive pirate William Thorn throws the two girls into a deadly game of cat and mouse. However, it is Thorn’s true identity and plans that are at the crux of Blue’s story.
Just who is William Thorn? Why is he hell-bent on having revenge on Blue’s father? Will Blue and Rebbecca ever return home… or even survive?
Self-published in 2010, The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom is filled with intriguing, admirably flawed characters whose lives connect in many thrilling ways. The settings are rich and believable, and the historical details are nicely weaved throughout the story. The book is a fast-paced, enjoyable read geared toward young adults.
Parry does a good job of keeping the reader guessing at what is coming next. More than once I found myself expecting one thing, and then I was pulled in another exciting direction. I look forward to K.L. Parry’s next novel.
Reviewed by Miranda Miller @ historicalnovelreview.blogspot.com
Posted May 14, 2012
Featured Review from Manic Readers
Perseus is a captain of the sea, a proud father and husband. His young fourteen year old daughter, Blue, thrives on his tales and adores him. It is a dreadful goodbye when Blue and her mother see Perseus off after he has become upset with Blue over her longing to have her own adventures and stories to tell.
Blue’s mother, a skillful lace maker, is summoned to Jasper Castle by the royal family to prepare for an upcoming birthday bash. Blue is ecstatic when her mother agrees to allow her the privilege to attend the journey and stay at the castle.
The youngster stumbles into a relationship with the lord’s daughter, Lady Rebecca Wolf, and for a brief time, believes she is making one of those adventures happily come to life. However, Blue is pitched into a world she didn’t want to belong to for a prolonged period of time.
This book had me captivated by the second page. Personally being a fan of pirates and the era makes me an easy target, however, the plot thickens well enough for any reader. This is a fantastic read and highly recommended.
Reviewed by Amanda @ manicreaders.com
Posted Aug. 18, 2011