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Daughter of the Pirate King was just a straight up fun read! I'm not going to blab on here and instead just dive into breaking down what I liked/didn't like.
Soooo, the plot. As a fun, fast-paced read with sword fights and treasure hunts and general pirate stuff - yes, this book features it all, but... I have to agree with other readers about this book being a little repetitive in regard to plot points. For the first 220 pages or so, the stuff that happens does become more and more familiar, though, after the 220 page mark, it does pick up and concludes really well. I didn't mind that the plot was repetitive because the book felt like it was supposed to be fun and just an enjoyable reading experience, especially with how short it is, so yeah, just a lot of fun (I think that is going to be the key word in this review).
What really carries this book is the fantastic characters and witty dialogue that never stops. Alosa is such a great character and I loved reading her voice and experiences. Riden, Daxton and all the other pirates came in well, and whilst there wasn't a big focus on some of the other pirates, I still felt like I got a really good snapshot of everyone.
The mythology was woven in well and interesting. The author has a very pleasing writing style - very easy to read and follow.
All in all, if you're a reader looking for a fun, quick pirate read, then Daughter of the Pirate King is definitely for you. I won't deny that I'll be reading on more for the characters than the mystery of the plot and I can't wait for book 2 and more pirate action!
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.
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.
I love, love, loved this! This is the pirate book I’ve been looking for! It was brilliant from the first chapter.
Alosa is easily one of my favourite female leads, she’s fierce, cunning, clever - I could go on for days. Her witty thoughts kept the chapters fun and the story flowing, I just couldn’t help but fly through the pages. I loved her rapport with Riden, as well as her interactions with the rest of the crew. She didn’t cower when they tried to threaten or intimidate her, she stood her ground and I loved that about her.
The storyline was imaginative and fun, and the only downside was that it ended a little abruptly, almost like the book had been split in half into a duology rather than written as two separate books, so I’ll be off buying the next one ASAP!
I’m intrigued to learn more of Alosa’s backstory and see her relationship with her father as well as learn more about her mother’s heritage. And of course I’m excited to see her female crew in action! It’ll be a nice turn around to have her in charge and Riden aboard her ship instead!
Daughter of the Pirate King follows Alosa who purposefully gets herself captured by enemy pirates in order to find a map for her father. This is a quick, easy and fun read. Alosa and her mission manages to capture your attention the entire way through. I read it in an afternoon and dear me, I now need the sequel.
We’re straight in on the action when Alosa gets herself captured in chapter one and the context gradually follows. There’s no 50 page or so build up of plans and then her capture. When the book starts, the plot starts, it was refreshing to be able to dive straight into a story. The pacing of the book was done rather well, it was slower than I thought it would be however it definitely worked. Events near the end could’ve been paced slightly different.
The characters are well developed, recurring side characters have some good depth to them too. Personalities are explored well and you can get a good feel for what each character is like. This book is not filled with stereotypical pirates whose only traits are to kill and steal. Alosa is an easy character to love; she’s sarcastic, strong, determined and not afraid to kill! Riden somewhat reminds me of Killian from Once Upon a Time. He’s stuck with being Alosa’s interrogator and unofficial protector, he easily returns Alosa’s banter and dishes out his own. Even characters like Enwen and Kearan were rather easy to love.
Romance. Alosa and Riden definitely had tension between them, however sexual tension is debatable. They definitely grew on each other and got along, no question there. I didn’t find the romance as compelling as I would have liked to- I’m sure it’ll be developed in the sequel.
The worldbuilding feels a bit weak, although there is enough to understand how everything works.
This book will cause you to fantasise about being the captain of your own ship! Absolutely worth the read.
If you love strong female leads... this is perfect. She is very intelligent, witty, cunning and strong. Absolutely loved her characterisation. I also loved the other characters they all were unique in there own way. However, it isn't heavily romance based, which I personally liked, but you might not. don't get me wrong their is some flirting and banter but nothing more until you read the second, which is why I loved this book. but it does contain that one bed trope 😏. Between the two lover birds they have really funny interactions with one another. I would recommend you read it.
I love it when a book fulfils a specific genre craving I have and Tricia Levenseller just seems to do that for me. All I wanted to read was some swashbuckling fun complete with a female protagonist who wasn't afraid to be an actual pirate - and I got it!!!!
This was such a fun read and of course I devoured it in one day. All I can say is thank you. I will definitely be reading the sequel next!