Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Book Synopsis

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.

5 Stars!

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I did purchase my own copy since it released just a few days after I received it from NetGalley. Either way, all opinions are my own.

Daughter of the Pirate King was a fantastic read and is the easiest 5 stars I’ve given out in a long time. It’s a fun, unique read that takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure on the open sea. The world building is wonderfully vivid and it is so easy to imagine the ships, the ocean, the characters, really everything about this book. The author’s writing style is lighthearted and the plot keeps you on your toes. There were many times when I caught myself laughing, when moments before I had been slightly concerned, but not really worried about the characters. From start to finish this is a wonderful journey full of twists, turns, and surprises.

Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.

Alosa (which it turns out is a type of fish) is quite possibly one of my favorite YA characters ever. She is quick witted, sarcastic, and stronger than she lets on. Saying she has hidden depths is quite the understatement. I loved reading about her and couldn’t wait to see what she would get up to next. From the beginning to the end Alosa kept us on our toes and guessing, even though we knew what she was up to.

When we learned Alosa’s backstory and her secret, I was so excited, it’s kind of ridiculous. I had an inkling that it might have been so, but I loved how it all played out. (Sorry to be vague and ambiguous, don’t want to inadvertently spoil someone.)

I live on the cusp of two worlds, trying desperately to fit into one.

I absolutely loved that Alosa’s crew was primarily made up of women, and diverse and talented women at that. We didn’t get to see a lot of her crew in this book, but I’m hoping we see more of them in the next book in the series.

The cast of supporting characters are amazing as well. No corners were cut with character development in this story. Everyone from the youngest crew member to the most despicable of the bunch is fully rounded and well developed, each with their own motivations and complexities of personality and behavior. I definitely had my favorites among the supporting characters, and I’m hoping we see more of them during the rest of the series.

“I’m a pirate,” I remind him.
“Yes. I just can’t figure out if you’re a good pirate or a really good pirate.”

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves pirates, YA, and/or wants a quick, fun read of swashbuckling pirates who get more than they bargained for when they kidnapped Princess Alosa.

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