Book: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Release date: February 28th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
This book is a fast and lighthearted read. It’s a character driven story, where not a lot happens in terms of the plot for most of the book, but it has a good pace, so I didn’t felt like it was dragging at any point even when the beginning can be a bit repetitive.
For me, one of the strong point of this books is defenitely the main character, Alosa, she is sassy and clever and very, very cocky. If you get annoyed when a main character seems to be good at everything, this may not be for you, but I doesn’t bother me, so I had a lot of fun following Alosa while she gets herself out of trouble and kicks everyone’s ass in the process. This book does a good job showing that sometimes she is afraid and she doesn’t know what to do, but she alwasy finds a way to save herself.
Now, the love interest, Riden, is also sassy, clever and very cocky, but he is much more conflicted about the things that he has to do as a pirate. I really liked the fact that Alosa can’t be sure of Riden’s true motives and intentions, because that made me doubt him all the time and not be sure if he was being truthful or not.
The banter and bickering between the main characters is entertaining, the dialogs between them are very well- written and it was definitely my favorite part of the book. For a YA book, this has quite a few steamy moments even if it was nothing too explicit.
In terms of the two twists in this book, one I already knew because the title of the second book is REALLY spoilery. So if you want to read this and don’t know the tittle of the sequel, DON’T LOOK IT UP! The second twist was very predictable, like I knew from the very beginning of the book. But even when the twists weren’t a surprise for me, it didn’t decrease my enjoyment of the book.
As I said at the beginning of this review, this book is lighthearted, so if you’re looking for a pirate book that’s dark and intense, this is not it. The book does mention murder, torture, sexual assault and attempted rape, but in a very casual way. Which in one hand I appreciated because I didn’t want to read a dark, intense book when I picked this one up, but at the same time, this are books that should be address in a more serious way and not just gloss over them.
At the end, I found Daughter of the Pirate King to be a fast and lighthearted read, full of banter, sass and clever pirates, which made for a very fun reading experience, and I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how the story ends.
Rating: 4 stars
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