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Blamed For Her Uncle S Death, Fifteen Year Old Annie Is On The Run Knowing The Perils She Will Face On The Streets Of Eighteenth Century London, She Disguises Herself As A Boy Her Life On The Streets Is Cut Short When She Becomes Captain Hawke S Cabin Boy Not Only Must Annie Work Alongside The Realm S Motley Crew Of Outcasts And Gentlemen, She Must Also Keep Her Superstitious Shipmates From Discovering She Is A Girl Annie Vows She Will Never Leave The Realm, Where Dreams Are Chased, Shattered Lives Can Mend, And Secrets Are Stowed Like Keepsakes In An Old Desk Drawer But When Her Past Catches Up With Her, Can She Return To The Realm More Importantly, Will She Have A Choice Being a fan of the sea and boats myself there is no better feeling in the world than being out on the water I was immediately intrigued with the idea of Secrets of the Realm Although the plot point of a girl disguising herself as a man seems to be used quite often, it is usually in excellent stories Also a fan of historical fiction, I had high expectations for this novel Fortunately, they were all met, if not exceeded.I believe that Annie is a great voice for the story and an excellent character to connect to She is spirited, knows what she wants, and is not afraid to speak exactly what is on her mind Although she may sometimes make decisions that are not agreeable, it just adds to her charm, and makes her a realistic character After all, I am sure everyone can say that they have acted without thinking quite the amount of times One of the things that I look for most in a novel is the characters, and if you read my reviews, I believe I mention them quite often Stout did an excellent job with her characterization Captain Hawke is one of my favorites There are so many different layers to him, and even after the book is finished, I want to know so much about him Being intimidating and commanding at times, he is also able to show a softer side of him, without losing his air of authority He holds a very interesting story that will have readers consumed with his character.Another thing that I enjoyed with Secrets of the Realm also makes it stand out as a YA novel Most books in the genre seem to emphasize male characters and a strong central romance, which unfortunately causes for a lack of development within the female lead Stout strays away from this, and although given the nature of the story not too many strong female characters can be around, the female characters that are present, Annie in particular, than make up for it Along with that, there are many hints of romance without the subject taking over the entire plot.Dealing with love, loss, determination, the bond between crewmates, standing up for what you believe in, and many other topics that can hit home, Secrets of the Realm is brilliant, entertaining, and a fantastic read for all ages Those who enjoy a great sailing story and historical fiction in general will devour the novel Even for those who normally don t, I would recommend giving the book a try. This is a great book I really enjoyed the characters in the book too and you can t help but love Annie She has gone through so much and is such a firecracker This book had danger and adventure but also had the feel good moments too I loved the tension between Annie and the captain He never comes right out and says how he feels about her and I was dying for him to say something She is totally unaware of how most of the characters feel about her This is a great book and I hope there will be books about Annie and the captain. Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout is an outstanding YA Historical Adventure set n the high seas The author has perfectly described the settings of the day 18 century England, The Realm and all the characters with loving attention for detail The language is spot on and behaviours of the time towards women are suitably used as the heart of this wonderful novel.15 year old Annie has always been blamed for her family troubles, so when her uncle dies in an accident she is found to be at fault To avoid a life of torture and abuse, young Annie runs away, ending up on the filthy streets of London She is reduced to begging for bread, but soon is starving to the point of no return Pure luck sees her attract the attention of Captain Hawke, a ruthless sea captain but honest.Annie disguises herself and is hired as cabin boy to Captain Hawke.Once on the ship the story races off with wondrous action, seafaring details of the time and tension as Annie must conceal her real identity Seafarers at the time thought it bad luck to have a female crew member and over the side was a distinct possibility But Annie is not only clever, well read and brave, she is also forthright and often outspoken even to the Captain And there are many adventures for Annie as The Realm s course crosses the vast oceans where pirates lurk.This beautifully written novel took me back to my childhood and reminded me of Mark Twain and I thank the author for writing such a masterpiece of historical fiction.FIVE STARS and very highly recommended. This is a wonderfully written book I found myself lost into a world of pirates and utter adventure I fell in love with the heroine Annie and couldn t help embrace her pain and sadness as an orphan having to endure abuse by a family member and finally finding herself living in the streets I just can t even imagine for someone having to endure that type of living I was delighted to find out that at age 14 she decided that the only way she could get out of London and dangerous streets was to hide the fact that she was girl and take a new identity as a boy in order to get a job on a ship After having to face a lot of difficulties she succeeded in securing a job on Captain Hawks ship the Realm as Andres de le Cruz a cabin boy Hiding her sex was the most problematic thing she had to face while living with a bunch of superstitious men Working on the ship was a lot harder than she ever dreamed of, but the friendships she created with her shipmates were incredible and much needed to keep her going The author did a superb job in taking the reader into a rollercoaster of adventures, bold fights among pirates and turbulent oceans This is the kind of story that you would think only kids could fall in love with, but I found myself really enjoying the book This is the kind of book that would create amazing dreams in young minds, and bring the kid into adult hearts Bev Stout you did a wonderful job with this book and I will recommend it to my friends and all that would love to spend some enjoyable time with a great book.