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Book Review: Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King

Book: Daughter of the Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Release date: February 28th 2017

Pages: 311

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.

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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 
Have you read this book or is it on your tbr? Do you like pirate books? Do you have recommendations for good pirate books? 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2018

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I love getting new books even when I have a tbr that threatens to take over my life, so here are some book that are coming out in November and that I’m highly anticipating!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

I’ve been waiting for this book since the beginning of the year, I wanted to read it even before everyone started to talk about how fantastic it is. An Asian inspired fantasy book with a f/f relationship? Count me in!  I AM EXCITED!

Release Date: November 6th 2018

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. 

I really, really liked Big Little Lies and I have been meaning to read another Liane Moriarty book ever since. Then I read the synopsis of Nine Perfect Strangers and it sounded like a modern version of an Agatha Christie novel and HOW COULD I RESIST?! I couldn’t, basically.

Release Date: November 6th 2018

Pulp by Robin Talley 

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret, but when she discovers books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens an ambition to write and publish her own story. Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

This book sounds amazing, BUT I’m a tiny bit nervous because I have heard some mixed things about Robin Talley books. I’m still willing to give it a chance and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds like it’s gonna be.

Release Date: November 13th 2018

What November book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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Spooky Books I Didn’t Read in October, But I Still Want to Read

spooky bookI was planning to read some spooky books in October, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, which doesn’t surprise me, because everytime I make plans related to my reading, I fail to actually go through with them. I was hosting the Latinx Book Bingo until October 15th and my idea was to read the spooky books during the last half of the month, but I had forgotten that Kingdom of Ash was coming out the 23rd of October and that it was 900 freaking pages long, so I spent the last days of the month reading this huge book that was the final installment in one of my favorite fantasy series and there was no time for spooky books 😞

Now, the reason I’m writing this post is because for a lot of people, me included, October is THE month to read spooky books, but I don’t want to wait until next year,  I still want to read the books even if October is over, so here’s a list of some spooky books that I’m hoping to read soon:

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

This is the third book in The Diviners series, which it’s set in the twenties and follows a group of people with different abilities that have to solve mysteries and face ghosts, curses and evil spirits. 

The Diviners series is one of my favorite paranormal series of all times and I can’t wait to read the next book. The only reason I haven’t read it already is that I’m a bit nervous because we don’t even have a release date for the fourth book yet 😭 WHAT IF THE THIRD BOOK ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER?!

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man. Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early. 

I have been hearing everyone and their mother talk about this book and people seem to love it, so I want to know what all the hype is about. Also, the premise sounds creepy and it has me intriged.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. 

I have been meaning to read a Gillian Flynn book for years and I always thought that I would read Gone Girl first, BUT I love Amy Adams and I want to watch the adaptation of Sharp Objects where she plays the main character, so it seems I’ll be starting with this one 🤷🏾‍♀️

 

Miss Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

A family tragedy sets Jacob journeying to a remote island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

I never had any intention of reading this book, I watched the movie and thought it was just alright, but I recently met someone who loves this series and it’s their favorite series of all times, so I kind of want to give it a chance.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Cass can see ghosts and when she goes to Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead and she tells Cassidy that their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her mission, but she knows the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world.

I’m a huge fan of Victoria Schwab and this sounds like a fun and fast read. Something like Ghostbusters in a middle grade version. I’m here for it!

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 

 It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

I had never heard of this book and I haven’t watched the movies based on it, but the Netflix show was released recently and I want to watch it, so I thought I could give the book a chance as well.

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What spooky books would you recommend? What spooky book are you looking forward to reading?  
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September & October 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update

  • So, I MOVED TO SPAIN in September! I will be living here for a year while I get my Master’s Degree. That’s the reason I haven’t been posting for the last month, I got here and the jet lag was awful, so I didn’t have much energy and I had a lot of paperwork and appointments to get done, so I needed some time to adapt and get used to my new life without worrying about blogging.
  • I really like the city where I’m living, it’s pretty small, but I have met amazing people, and I started classes the first week of October and so far so good. Also, I went to Portugal and it’s so beautiful, I loved that trip so much!
  •  My birthday was October 28th and I had the best time! My friends and I went out to drink and dance and it was so fun. It was a bit hard to be away from my family, but I was surrounded by amazing people that made it a really special day.

What I Read in September

 

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (3,6 stars): This was gonna be a 5 stars read, but then the last 50 pages happened and I was so dissapointed. For the most part, this was funny, sweet, entertatining, steamy, and the main couple was amazing, but the authors throw a bunch of elements at the end that were not necessary and they had no time to tie all the strings together and it’s kind of a rush and messy ending.

Falling for Her Fiancé by Cindi Madsen (3 stars): This is a romance novella; it was short, entertaining, it had the fake dating and the friends to lovers tropes, and the main couple had lots of chemestry. It was nothing especial and it didn’t had any steamy moments, in case that’s what you were looking for 😉

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (3 stars): This was a very interesting book mainly because of the way Gretchen Rubin talked about happiness by quoting academy research and contrasting it with her own experience. The problem with this book was that it dragged so much, it felt repetitive and boring at points, nonetheless I have found myself remembering and thinking about some of the things she said well after finishing the book.

What I Read During Latinx Book Bingo

The Latinx Book Bingo took place from September 15th to October 15th and  I manged to read 7 books during that time:

In case you want to know some of my thoughts about these books, check out Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up!

What I Read in October 

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee (4 stars): This was HILARIOUS! I laughted out loud so many times that my roommate was looking at me like I was the weirdest person ever. If you enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, give this novella a go, you’ll enjoy it!

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (4 stars): This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series, I liked the mystery in this one with the whole political theme and obviously I loved the characters, I’m just so invested in them and their relationship. But I  have to admit it dragged a tiny little bit and the exploration of the relationship between Robin and Cormoran got a bit stuck and repetitive. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed reading this one!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (4,7 stars): I really, really loved this book, it was such a great ending to the series, it made me cry a lot but  it also made me happy. It was a lot more action packed than the other books, but there was still so much character development. Honestly, this is one of my favorite series of all times, even if  I know it has its problems.

The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (4 stars): I really liked the main character in this book and the banter between her and the love interest. This book was super fast paced, even if it was character-driven and for the most part not much happened.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during July! What did you read? What did you post? 

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