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I bought this purely off a rev on a FB group I’m part of so glad I did. Inhaled it and now impatiently waiting for book 2. Fans of Sarah j Maas I reckon this is for you! No fairies lighter on romance but smart mouthed strong female lead. So good!
I finished this book in two sittings, I absolutely loved it!
The pace of the story line is very fast, everything mentioned in the blurb starts off in the first chapter, which I really enjoyed. There was no waffling in the book, it was very focused on the plot and plan. The setting was described very nicely and a map of the ship is provided which really helped with imagery. I knew what the author was describing and that allowed me to enjoy the book so much more!
The writing is very basic and understandable, which I loved because I wasn't fumbling around trying to figure out how to pronounce a word or what a word meant, like some other books have made me do *cough, cough Eragon*
The main characters are likeable. Alosa is admirable, her talent, skills and wit is everything throughout this novel. I loved her persona. Riden is equally fantastic- very skilled, intelligent and funny. They complemented each other from the very beginning. Their chemistry was on fire!!! They are very compatible. The story line followed through equally with their relationship, which was very refreshing to read. Usually, there is too much focus on the relationship and little on the plot or vice versa, but this book balanced both.
Initially I thought this was a stand alone novel, but I was very excited to discover it's a duology. I have ordered the next book and I'm really excited to read it!!
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there are a few occasions, I think three, where it gets very sexual and explicit. I DID NOT like that at all- I think it ruined the plot. I was not prepared for it at all, especially because I was under the impression that this novel is for a younger audience. I like a little PG chemistry here and there, but not sexual intimacy in a young adult novel, especially considering the characters are so young and they barely knew each other. The way it was portrayed was horrid as well, it was completely used as manipulation and in desperateness, which will give younger readers the wrong impression and ideas about intimacy.
I genuinely didn’t want this story to end. I had to will myself to put it down and drag it out for as long as I could stand.
This is the first book I’ve ever read about pirates, and now I want more.
I love that the main character is a fierce, stubborn, arrogant, and skilled woman. Alosa is so funny, I was laughing out loud a lot throughout this book. Her attitude made this story all the more enjoyable.
I loved Riden right from the very start. I really enjoyed the banter, among other things. *inserts winking emoji*
I really liked the storyline, and how it was written.
Some of the other characters really stood out to me too, like Enwen and Kearan.
I’m really happy with how it all played out and I’m so excited to read on. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I need book 2 now!
Below is just one of my favourite extracts, trust me, I have loads!
‘His philosophy is that if you have the power to do something, then you should do it.’
I'd also like to thank the lovely Danielle for talking me into reading this, it truly is a really enjoyable read that I'll happily reread a few times over.
I grabbed a copy of this book after watching numerous raving reviews about it on TikTok. On the cover, a review by Anna Banks states "we now have a Lady Jack Sparrow on our hands" and to be perfectly honest, it's the perfect description of Alosa.
Alosa, 17 year old captain, and daughter of The Pirate King purposefully orchestrates her own kidnapping in order to find a map that leads to a hoard of Siren treasure. She's captured by the Night Farer's crew and has to secure her place on the ship as their prisoner all while secretly searching for the map. Along the way she develops a close relationship with the Night Farer's first mate, Riden.
Between Riden's conflicted emotions, his need to protect his brutal brother and Captain, and Alosa's quick witt, sarcastic attitude and cunning behaviour the tension grows between them and blossoms into a fragile friendship. Friendship isn't the only thing on their minds though!
It was a fantastic read and I'm so glad I caved and bought a copy.
I can't wait to dive into Daughter Of The Siren Queen next and see what else the sea holds in store for Alosa and Riden. Their treasure hunt isn't over yet!
This was a surprising read because the title makes it sound quite immature. This is not the case, however. It is in no way extreme for a young adult book though. Alosa is the 17 year old daughter of the king of pirates who intentionally gets herself kidnapped by a rival ship so that she can hunt for a map to an island of treasure. She is very practical, if not always smart, and she always manages to escape from her cage to walk around the ship at night. She is also hotheaded and this gets her noticed by the first mate of the ship, Riden. Riden is an interesting love interest, and all romance is subtle until they get to know each other. Alosa has to struggle to keep it a secret that she is intentionally there, and she also has her own surprising secret. I recommend this book for lovers of young adult pirate stories. I removed a star for a disappointing ending.