Daughter of the Pirate King #1
by Tricia Levenseller
Published on February 28, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Imagine if Captain Jack Sparrow was a teenage girl. Just picture it. Because you will find yourself with Captain Alosa, daughter of the fearsome pirate king. Reckless, clever, and determined, she’s going to blow you out of the open water in Daughter of the Pirate King.
This book was so much fun! I honestly thought that having a teenage pirate captain wasn’t going to go so well but Levenseller created an amazing kickass heroine who won’t settle for anything but the best and has quite the secret tucked away.
Alosa is QUEEN. I had that impression from the very first chapter. She’s endured a lot in her life but came out stronger than ever and won’t let a bunch of enemy pirates stand in the way of achieving her goal. I loved her snarky comments and resilience. She isn’t the kind of girl you want to cross but she’s not uncaring and cold either. There’s a survivor in there that will do what it takes but she isn’t all about the plundering and killing. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed shipping her with a certain first mate.
Yes, I went there.
Because Riden reminded me a bit of Will Turner with his honorable pirate persona and that was enough to start the swooning. He and Alosa have such an entertaining dynamic. Nothing ever felt forced and their chemistry jumped off the page. I mean, if I thought I could win I would totally fight Alosa for him.
But Daughter of the Pirate King doesn’t focus on the romance. It’s definitely there in the works (and I love shipping characters so I honed in on that like no other) but it’s not the primary plot and I loved that. This book is about the adventure, the hunt for the elusive map that could lead Alosa and her father to the ultimate treasure. And she’ll do whatever it takes to find it, from sneaking around the enemy ship to seducing a pirate or two.
Her escapades to get this map were hilarious. How she always confused the crew, going out of her way to seem like an unhappy prisoner. Alosa is clever. Probably too clever for her own good. But it made the book all the more entertaining.
Also the magical element added in later on was excellent and I need more.
The thing is, there’s something about this book that made it hard to put down. Every time I did to go do something else, its siren song pulled me back in. I couldn’t stop reading if I tried. Levenseller’s writing is just plain fun. It’s quick and witty, striking a balance between a romping adventure and smooth storytelling. While there was less focus on world-building, I didn’t mind because most of the story is spent on a ship and I have a feeling that more is to come in the next book (at least I hope so).
For my pirate fans out there, make sure you get a copy of this one because you do NOT want to miss out. Alosa is the badass we all wish we could be and she is sure to take you on a wild ride in Daughter of the Pirate King.