Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Published on February 28th 2017
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
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.
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
Daughter of the Pirate King surprised me. While boasting pirates and adventure on the high seas, all of which had my attention, it also hosts a cast of snarky characters. The story is full of hijinks and banter to keep readers entertained, but some things kept me from really enjoying it.
The book wastes no time setting the scene. Alosa, daughter of Kalligan, self-professed king of pirates, is on a mission to find a piece of a map, and woe to anyone who gets in her way.
Alosa is sarcastic, clever, and not above killing someone to prove a point. Even though she’s snarky, she has a soft spot for her crew and a vulnerability when it comes to her father. Just don’t let her know you know that. However, Alosa’s sarcasm starts to wear thin after a while. It’s also very distancing and kept me from truly caring about her. As she proves again and again that she can best her captors, it feels like she’s nothing but quips even with her vulnerability.
Her romantic back and forth with Riden is entertaining and has the hate to love aspect I adore, yet I had some issues. Where Alosa is hot-tempered and shoot first, ask questions later, Riden is more calm and composed. You can tell how much they like each other but want to one up each other. What really doesn’t sell it for me is how quickly it happens. The hunt for the map is then brushed off for a while as they bicker and banter. The entire book is fast paced as is, and I like my romance to happen slowly. Give it time to simmer.
I wanted more from the world building. Some parts are given some detail, but I wanted to feel the sea breezes and the sun and further explore the lands the pirates set down on. It’s also hinted that Alosa is more than she seems (aside from being a pirate king’s daughter), and even though it was not a surprise to me, it feels like the reveal of this part of her happens suddenly.
But the story is far from over. I am definitely going to check out the second book. These seas demand more exploration.
**Review is based on a borrowed ARC**