Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.
First Sentence: I hate having to dress like a man.
One of the books I’ve constantly heard of once I started blogging again was Daughter of the Pirate King and just from reading the synopsis, I can tell why. Who doesn’t want to read about a strong female pirate captain that isn’t afraid to do whatever she wants? I went into the book, not really knowing what I was getting myself into, and found myself pleasantly surprised.
I love how sassy and brass Alosa is, but there was this one thing she did that constantly grated on my nerves: Alosa has a nasty habit of bragging about how strong she is and how she can beat everyone so easily if she lets herself do it…but never ends up showing readers the skills she bragged about throughout the book. It’s not like I don’t believe her because I do believe what she’s saying, but I just want some proof (and even more action). Hopefully Daughter of the Siren Queen will show me the full extent of what Alosa is capable of because I do want to see her in action and to live up to what she constantly says she can do.
“Trust me. The girl’s more trouble than she’s worth, and you can’t believe a thing she says. You’d be better off killing her now.” (71)
People who know me know that I’m picky about my book boyfriends. I have a select few book boyfriends – three to be exact – Frank Porter from Since You’ve Been Gone, Derek Souza from The Summoning, and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. Meanwhile, for some strange reason, Riden is very close to being one of my book boyfriends – there’s just something so mysterious and vulnerable about him that makes me swoon. I love how he knows the world isn’t easily black and white and how he’s such a complex character that doesn’t let Alosa lead him around by the nose.
I do have a few issues with Daughter of the Pirate King – such as how there are threats of rape occurring throughout the book – but at the same time, I do understand why it’s written that way as that is the way of pirates.
How can all this have been for nothing? I’ve been kidnapped, questioned, tortured, and reduced to playing horribly demeaning roles to get what I want.
I’m so furious, the rope I cling to starts swaying. (207)
Overall, I did enjoy reading Daughter of the Pirate King and definitely look forward to reading its sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen as Daughter of the Pirate King ends with a sort-of-but-not-really cliffhanger that just makes you want to read more. (Plus, let’s face it, I need more Riden scenes in my life.)