27 June, 2017

{ ARC Review } Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

about the book }

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Pirate King, book 1
Published February 28, 2017 by Feiwel & friends
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

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.


my review }

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This book is complicated to explain. On the one hand, it was so much fun and had so much female empowerment and a strong female lead; on the other, the writing made it bland, and the characters weren't all that interesting. And as great as the female empowerment was, there wasn't nearly enough interaction with other females in the novel, which was disheartening.

The book is fairly short and hella fast paced. Things are constantly happening and a plan is in motion from the very beginning of the novel. Alosa is a headstrong girl who's beyond capable in doing what needs to be done for the plan her father has her execute on a well known pirate's ship. Caged by day, she roams the ship by night hoping to find a missing piece of some important map that'll lead them back to the island of the sirens—or so I think, I can't remember clearly.

Anyway, Alosa was an... interesting character. I sure as hell admired her spunk and tenacity but she had a reputation for being too reckless, to a point where it could, and has, put her in sticky situations she could have avoided had she not been so headstrong/stubborn. It felt so over exaggerated! That is my main issue with her—her attitude, her actions, they felt so forced, as if she had something to prove to readers, to me. In the end, as fun and snarky her as her narration was, it was difficult to truly like her character.

The plot... Well there's not much else to say, I guess. Like I said, it's fast paced and full of action of all sorts. It made for a fun read but beyond that, there wasn't really enough substance. By the end of the book, I was left feeling okay but it wasn't something that was going to stick with me or make me desperate for book two.

The romance was a good one. It was a hate to love sort of thing, but what made it better was that Alosa was the type of girl who had no time for romance unless it got her what she wanted, which was pretty great, if I'm honest. The girl knows what she wants and she goes for it! There was a lot of banter between the two—both Alosa and Riden were extremely snarky and sarcastic and it made for some heated moments.

With a main character like Alosa, whose entire ship was a party full of women, it was disappointing to not have more female interactions. While I understand the reasoning behind it—Alosa did have to go and get kidnapped—it was disheartening not seeing Alosa work more with her crew, of whom she holds the highest of regards, it seems. I'm hoping that changes in book two because nothing is better that lady pirates supporting and fighting together all while showing men who the real pirates are on the ocean.

Overall, it was a decent novel. If you want a quick, fun read, I'd recommend this. If you're looking for a good pirate story, I don't think you'll be disappointed either. It's not super substantial but it is entertaining. 3 stars!

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about the author }

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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