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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Oathbound Author: Victoria McCombs On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Oathbound

Author: Victoria McCombs

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: February 15, 2022

Beware the waters. The dangerous deep brings ruin to all.

Emme has spent her life avoiding anything to do with pirates. But the fates are cruel, and now a hidden sickness leads her to partner with pirates for the one thing that can save her—a cure on an island none are certain exists.

The pirate captain’s secrets are darker than the deep and threaten to kill them all. His obligations are tinged with betrayal, for his oathbind must be fulfilled. To ignore it is to invite peril of unimaginable destruction.

As the adventure unfolds, the sea takes more than she expects and the sea gives more than he wants.


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About the Author

Victoria McCombs is the author of The Storyteller’s Series from Parliament House Press, and Oathbound. She writes young adult fantasy and adores stories about treacherous pirates and traitorous princes. Her favorite things include peppermint hot chocolate, peanut butter ice cream, game nights with family, and Jesus. She has her mom to thank for allowing so many medieval weapons inside the house as she was growing up, which curated her love for that time period. She is a mom of three little boys and a wife to the handsomest accountant there is. Together they live in Omaha, Nebraska.


More from Victoria

Oathbound was my quarantine book. I remember getting the idea and thinking “I don’t know of any other pirate books in the YA fantasy genre.” Of course, after that, I saw them everywhere, and several amazing ones have come out since. But theses broken pirates had grabbed my attention and I couldn’t let go.

One aspect of my book makes it unique, and that comes in our main character. My characters are a reflection of me, but none more so than Emme. We see early on that she is sick, and while the disease is made up for the book, it’s mirrored exactly by the disease that runs in my family called ataxia. This is a disease that impairs every part of life before it ends it too soon. I’ve never opened those emotions so fully to put them on a page, but Emme and I were going through this together. While I’m lucky not to have symptoms yet (and the chance to never have to go through it), this disability is something I understand deeply, and I’m honored to bring it to life on the page to show the strength that can lie within even when our bodies fail us.

I hope you all enjoy Oathbound!

My Thoughts

 Oathbound is a young adult fantasy book that is geared towards grades 8-12 and is written by  Victoria McCombs. My 10 year old son and I read this together. He reads at a higher level. We both enjoyed it very much. He is more into the fantasy genre then I am, but we had a good discussion after reading. We both have a love of pirates. 

Emme has avoided pirates and the sea. Then it becomes her only option. You are going to find yourself drawn into the adventure that goes on within this book. Emme has an illness and she is trying to find a cure. Am is a little older and has been asking Emme to come to sea for awhile. 

My son and I enjoyed the descriptions of the surroundings - I love books where you can close your eyes and see everything unfolding around you. There are some "curse" words - not necessarily cuss words  but words that my son and I talked about. There is fighting scenes but it is not overly gory. There is some mention of magic. 

I hope to read the next book  by this author. She is very talented and while this is geared towards young adults, I as an older adult enjoyed it also. My son told me that it is one of his favorite books that he has read over the last year. The characters are well written and the storyline is captivating. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Locks, Hooks and Books, March 5

Nancy E Wood, March 6

Blogging With Carol, March 6

deb’s Book Review, March 7

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 8

Labor Not in Vain, March 8

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 9

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 10 (Spotlight)

Inside the Wong Mind, March 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 12

Through the Fire Blogs, March 12

Artistic Nobody, March 13


To celebrate her tour, Victoria is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Oathbound sounds like a book that is full of adventure, intrigue and Pirates, oh my, my granddaughter with love this and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Because I Said So - and other adventures in Parenting, for sharing your thoughts! Have a fantastic day!

  2. very nice cover, the book sounds really good

  3. My daughter may like this! Thanks for sharing!