Guest Post – Storm Sisters: The Sinking World by Mintie Das – Raquel
I am super excited to have been asked to be part of the blog tour for the first in a new rip-roaring YA feminist series, Storm Sisters: The Sinking World by Mintie Das.
The Storm Sisters series is a rip-roaring empowering adventure about 5 fearless and diverse female pirates, all named after real pirates from history which comes out on the 30th June from Bastei Entertainment.
The Storm Sisters are a fierce, feminist gang, with five really unique and diverse characters: Charlie, Sadie, Raquel, Liu and Ingela. They all lost their family on the Day of Destruction and have since been sailing the high seas searching for the truth and trying to survive Liu’s vengeful father, who they have stolen a ship from.
A huge thank you to Hayley Steed for having me on this wonderful tour.
For my stop on the blog tour I have a wonderful guest post from this wonderful author, Mintoe Das with a character profile of one of the main characters Raquel!
Head for the high seas on an adventure with five fearless girls!
Their name is not Storm. They are not really sisters. They will tell you, that they are fierce pirates. What will you believe?
After the tragic events of what has become known as The Day of Destruction – a day when they were intended to die along with their families – Charlie, Sadie, Liu, Raquel, and Ingela find themselves on the high seas all alone. The girls are in great danger from sinister foes and hidden enemies, and have created a false identity as a fierce group of pirates.
Their primary mission, however, is to find out what really happened to their parents. But how long will their disguise keep them from harm? And is it such a good idea to join forces with a group of rebellious boys from their past? Unusual as it is to have five teenage girls living by themselves in the 1780s, all they have left is each other and their friendship …
Raquel’s the ‘romantic’ of the group but don’t let her sweet façade you into thinking she’s a pushover. Raquel’s anger simmers and inside—she’s just better at hiding it than some of her other sisters.
Distinctive Physical Traits
Long, curly brown hair; makes the most ‘effort’ out of the girls in that she cares a little more about her appearance but is in no way ‘high maintenance’; shortest, moves like a dancer but is fierce with her daggers.
Raquel has a sixth sense about people. While extremely talented with languages, her intuitive abilities allow her to communicate with new people, even without a mutual language. She is the natural diplomat of the group, nicknamed “Embajador” (Ambassador in Spanish) for her negotiation abilities and her tendency to mediate quarrels. While the other girls are quick to act, Raquel is quick to listen. Which has gotten the gang out of quite a few near catastrophes.
She is deeply sensitive and naturally empathetic which is generally a strength, though occasionally it bogs her down, leaving her melancholy and moody. Raquel’s sensitivity makes her the most romantic but it masks an explosive anger that rages within her. However, her enormous creativity lets her come up with ingenious solutions that get the girls out of many jams. She’s also the crew’s panchi expert and certainly has a knack with landing a perfect kick and slice of her dagger on any opponent, no matter the size.
On the Day of Destruction, Raquel witnessed her father getting stabbed to death. That image replays in her head over and over, often causing her nightmares. Unlike her sisters who seek justice, Raquel secretly wants vengeance for her father’s murder.
You can buy a copy of this book here
About Mintie Das
Mintie Das, has got some great stories to tell.
She was born in India before living in America and she moved around a lot as a child, from country to country, and now works for the UN in Finland.
As she says herself, “My heart is Indian, my spirit is American and my soul is Finnish”.
She’s very much trying to send a message of ‘Girls can’ with her new series: “I know what amazing things can happen when sisters come together and show that ‘Girls can.’ Through the power of Charlie, Sadie, Raquel, Liu and Ingela, we can take that even further and show that ‘Girls can. Girls did. You can too.’”
You can find out more on her website here
Or why not follow Mintie on twitter – @mintiedas
You can catch up or follow the rest of the fab blog tour at the following stops!
A huge huge thank you to Mintie for such a fab guest post and to Hayley Steed for organising!
Have you read Storm Sisters: The Sinking World? What did you think? Are you intrigued? I would love to hear from you! Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!