Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
Well, that was quite entertaining!! I read this practically in one sitting and had so. much. fun!
Reading this book was an interesting experience because a few months ago, I started writing a book with a very, very similar premise. Girl gets captured by pirates, girl has to escape, girl and hot pirate captain fall in love, etc. So it was very hard not to compare my book to this book as I was reading, especially since there were so. many. similarities. Also, I may be a little jealous right now. This doesn’t affect my rating, by the way. It was just interesting.
That aside, this was so fun! I really liked Alosa. She had a very strong personality and her voice was engaging and absolutely hilarious at times. I loved her fixation on clothes and cleanliness and all of her scheming. I didn’t feel like she grew very much over the book, but she was so much fun I didn’t really care. 😉 Riden was the best thing ever. He has that classic tortured past that we all find so appealing and of course he did that one
EVIL vaguely questionable thing and that made him so much more interesting to me. That also might have to do with the fact that I am twisted and like evil morally ambiguous characters?? Maybe that is why I absolutely loved mildly tolerated Draxen?? Who was SO COOL . Ahem. The side characters were fun too, though not quite as developed and ultimately not very memorable.
The twist relating to Alosa’s character was…really easy to figure out. Was that just me?? But I literally guessed it as soon as she started talking about the sea. But it was still a fun twist and I liked how it added to her character and backstory.
I really liked all the scenes on Draxen’s ship; they were fun to read about, and I even liked the romance. (!!!) This is very shocking because it is extremely instalovely and I HATE instalove. But it was cute and I guess I was just in the mood. And all of Alosa’s schemings and banter with Riden were so fun.
Near the end the story kind of lost some momentum for me. I didn’t particularly like the whole island scene; I thought it was a little drawn out and repetitive. The story picked right back up when they got back, though, and I am excited to continue the story in a year!!
There was some frequentish minor swearing as well as some…passionate…kissing.