Book Reviews

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Mercenary’s Daughter by Joe Gazzam and Jessica Therrien

Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 31st 2020
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

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When Special Ops recruit, Tara Kafee is dishonorably discharged, there’s only one place to go—Home. But there’s more waiting for her there than she’s ready for. It’s been four years since she’s been back and ten since her mother walked out on the family never to be heard of again. She’s determined to rekindle things with her father and keep him close. That is, until he goes missing.

Soon after stumbling upon a safe room full of weapons, fake passports, and a mission’s dossier marking a target in Cuba, she reluctantly accepts the help of her angsty teenage brother. He’s the only one she can trust, so together, the two set out for Havana.

Tara is determined to get her father back, whatever it takes, but things are never easy when you’re the mercenary’s daughter.


I’m so happy that my day for the blog tour has finally arrived! It’s been so difficult not posting and talking about this book! I really enjoyed this book, from the way it was written, to the plot and characters that Gazzam and Therrien have created. Although it took me a couple of chapters to really get into the book the first time I read it, I just couldn’t put this book down. I raced through this book, desperate to know what was going to happen next. This book has everything I hope to see in a book. It has action, twists, humour, romance (but not so much that it becomes solely focussed on this romance), and nail-biting scenes of extreme tension that had me on edge until the VERY. LAST. PAGE.

“My dad told me once that you can take the measure of a man by the way he treats people. Which makes you a real piece of garbage.”

The female MC Tara is incredible! She has to be up there in my list of favourite female protagonists; a tough badass who doesn’t take any nonsense, who uses her marine past as well as her troubled youth to help her survive on her mission to save her father. She is also witty and sarcastic, and her one-liners that are scattered throughout the book had me laughing.

I stared back at him, apparently making it a little too obvious that he made me want to vomit.

Tara’s relationship with her brother, Mitch, who tags along on her mission to save her dad, is so natural and their fighting definitely adds to the already intriguing story. As someone with two younger sisters, the brother-sister squabbling and bickering is extremely relatable and hilarious, and makes me love the characters more. They were a really interesting “crime-fighting” duo, who were completely different to anything I had read before. Their fighting against the odds that are stacked against them definitely help keep the pace moving in this action-packed story.

“That’s fascinating, Mr. Wikipedia, but I’m trying to concentrate. Help me look for a house with side gates.”

I have to mention the action scenes. They are just so well-written. The fighting, the sass, and the witty, sarcastic remarks when the characters are caught up in each different situation, had me turning the pages quicker than usual. And the ending! As soon as I finished this book, I had to message Jessica as I was desperate to know if there was going to be a sequel. I couldn’t believe the way it ended. I have to admit it caused me to throw my kindle down on the bed in shock!

As sure as people live, they die. But as long as they do both with purpose, there’s never much to regret.

These are new to me authors, and I didn’t know what to expect when opening this book. I will definitely be reading more of their books. I can undoubtedly say that this is a book I would recommend to everyone who is looking for a witty, badass female MC, and a book that contains action, romance, and real down to earth characters.

International Giveaway:

Alongside the release of this book, there is a tour-wide giveaway (INT) for an Amazon gift card! You can enter through the link below! Good luck!

About the Authors:

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on a new YA thriller/suspense series and a middle grade fantasy series.

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Screenwriter/Novelist Joe Gazzam has been a working screenwriter for 8 years working on such films as:

Shadow Run
21 Jump Street
Step Up: Revolution
Disney’s Hawaiian Adventure
It Takes a Thief
Anubis Tapestry
(and many more)

His debut novel, UNCAGED, out now!

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I’m so happy I’ve finally been able to talk about the book! Let me know in the comments below if this sounds like your kind of book! I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Charlotte x

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