[Book Review] BOHERMORE by Jennifer Rose McMahon


AUTHOR: Jennifer Rose McMahon

GENRE: Fiction, YA, Paranormal Romance

EDITION: Paperback

PAGES: 293

PUBLISHED BY: City Owl Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 4th April 2017

ISBN: 9781944728144

PRICE: $14.99

Book 1 of The Pirate Queen Series.

The Story

When your dreams become reality, being cursed can be a real nightmare.

Like a punch in the face, eighteen-year-old Maeve O’Malley’s visions knock her off her path. The Pirate Queen stalking Maeve in her dreams killed her mother years ago, and now, the villain is coming for her. Maeve’s decision to ditch Boston College takes everyone by surprise as she packs her bags, leaves America, and heads to the west coast of Ireland to chase her dreams—and end them.

Maeve uncovers an ancient family curse that refuses to remain silent until she accepts her predestined role in what many thought was only a legend. Her Irish history professor—a man she shouldn’t be falling for—is the only person who understands the origins of her torment.

Maeve’s journey becomes a medieval treasure hunt through Ireland’s castles and ruins as she tracks the wrathful Pirate Queen who has her marked for vengeance.

First Impressions

The cover gives the impression of a dark and foreboding tale, full of folklore, myths and a little bit of magic.

When i first started reading, I was intrigued by the secrecy surrounding Maeve’s Irish roots. We meet her during a family get-together in her Boston home, where she has been raised by her grandparents since her mother’s death. We learn early on that there is something special about Maeve, not least because of her visions; or awake dreams as she calls them. We follow her to Ireland where she struggles to control her ever-strengthening episodes, whilst meeting all sorts of characters; some friends, some foes, and some that aren’t so clear!

Enrolling in a history course at NUIG (National University of Ireland, in Galway), she soon finds a kindred spirit to join her on her quest, but how will it end?


Without wanting to give too much away (I try to keep my reviewing a spoiler-free zone!) I found BOHERMORE an enthralling read. The action was well-paced and I found that the inclusion of lots of historical details made for an interesting read.

As I continued reading, I found myself really rooting for Maeve, and was eager for her to find the answers she was seeking.

The author’s writing style is easy to read; and she weaves many snippets of historical detail, myth and legend with ease.

I was left wanting to seek out further reading on Granuaile as she is such an intriguing character; and can’t wait for the second book in The Pirate Queen series, to find out what happens next for Maeve.

Rating & Recommendations

A suspense-filled read, I rate this thriller 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommended reading for lovers of YA fiction and fans of Paranormal tales, with a bit of history mixed in.

The Author

Jennifer Rose McMahon lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who she met whilst studying in Ireland, their four children and two dogs.

A family connection to the O’Malley clan and a growing fascination with it’s medieval history during many, many visits to Ireland inspired her to write Bohermore.

When not writing, she splits her time between her day jobs as a high school guidance counselor, yoga instructor, and mother.

You can connect with her via Facebook or Twitter , and find out more at JenniferRoseMcMahon.com.

Details of this and more books published by City Owl Press can be found at www.cityowlpress.com.


I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by! I’d love to hear whether you have or would like to read this!


Crafty xx