Raven the Pirate Princess 1-6 + Princeless Short Stories

Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew (Princeless Raven Pirate Princess Tp) - Jeremy Whitley Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 2: Free Women - Jeremy Whitley Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 3: Two Boys, Five Girls, and Three Love Stories - Jeremy Whitley Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 4: Two Ships in the Night  - Jeremy Whitley, Xenia Pamfil Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 5: Get Lost Together - Jeremy Whitley,  Christine Hipp Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 6 - Jeremy Whitley Princeless Short Stories Volume 1 - Jeremy Whitley, Various

Raven the Pirate Princess is a spin-off of the Princeless series, and features Raven (duh) who was to inherit her father's pirate fleet until her jerky young brothers convinced her father to put her in a tower.  She is now determined to reclaim her rights.  To do so, she needs pirates for her ship.


The first volume is a set up, a gathering of the crew.  When Raven interviews pirates, it is a brilliant play on (1) minority girls who are hit on by white boys who claim to know about the culture and (2) men talking down to women. Eventually, she hires an all girl (lady) crew, largely made up of women who play a version of D&D.  Serious, read the first volume or that alone.


The next volumes focus on the quest and the various relationships among the crew.  At times, it felt a little too heavy on the personal matters, though in fairness a character does reference this.  There is an attempt at a romantic triangle, but thankfully, Whitely resolves it and it works.


The real selling point of the book is the diversity in terms of the crew.  The women are all different - there women of color (and various shades of color as well), there is a variety of interests (from fighting to science to writing) as well as a variety of skills (and each skill is valued), various body shapes, various religions, and various sexual  tastes (cis, bi, asexual).  It's quite lovely.  We are not given a Utopia, but a reality.  It makes for a good read.  I wish this had been around when I was in my teens or younger.


A quick note about the artwork -the artists change so the artwork went from a type that I loved to a type that I found so-so.  


The Princeless Short Story Volume isn't something you really need if you have read the other volumes.  The short stories aren't really connected to each other, so there is a scattershot feeling.  The best one is the one about B and her mother.  I did enjoy the artwork with the first short story the best.