Book Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Pirates, Fiction
Date Read: 03/30/17
Pub Date: 02/28/17
“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.
I found myself with a little extra time on my hands last week, so I decided to throw aside all of my review copies and pick up this little beauty from the library. It is rare that I get a chance to read books on hold anymore, and ESPECIALLY rare that I can pick up a library book and read it that same day! I was just looking for something entertaining, a great escape that could take me away for a bit into somewhere else, and this was the perfect read for such an occasion. I can’t express how excited I was to find such a fun read; I love how unassuming the cover is. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, and while the plot is completely different, it gave me that same dreamy feel I found when I first read Caraval last August.
The front cover boasts how Alosa is “a female Jack Sparrow”, and I would emphatically agree with that statement, aside from the fact she is always sober and much more cunningly brilliant than he. This has a strong Pirates of the Caribbean feel as well, but it was a little more focused on the romance aspect as you would expect from a YA fantasy. Speaking of, I was pleasantly surprised at how age appropriate this book is. It does have some violence but the romantic aspect was quite tame without losing any of the excitement. While I love some of the more mature YA books as much as the next reader, I feel like there is a giant mislabeling of these novels today since publishers are wanting to market certain books to a larger audience in an effort to increase overall sales; never mind that books written for readers in their late teens/early twenties are being marketed toward kids who are as young as twelve. All ranting aside, my point is how grateful I am that some authors are choosing to write books for that awkward age instead of pushing these young kids to grow up too fast.
While it was predictable at times, I loved all the various twists and turns included that were used to set up the sequel coming in 2018. This was a book that’s enjoyment isn’t contingent on the ability to surprise you; even if you are able to guess each and every plot point before it comes, the adventure, witty dialogue, and budding romance between Riden and Alosa are enough to make this a 5 star read on it’s own. I’m so happy to have found a new author to add to my “must read” list and cannot wait to see where she decides to take us on our next adventure with Alosa and her father, who happens to be The Pirate King. I totally pictured these people speaking with a scottish accent throughout the book; I highly recommend you do the same, although I’m not entirely sure why. I was able to read the entire book in less than 24 hours; yes, its a fairly short read but it was just that good. Highly recommended and the perfect book to get you all hyped up for the new Pirates movie coming this May!