I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, fantasy, Young Adult
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
If you want something done right . . .
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
I was really excited for this one. I love the idea of books about female pirates. I love strong female main characters and a pirate’s life is pretty unexpected and I love the combination of those two things. Plus adventures and life on a boat and all kinds of things that I’d hate for my own life but love to read about. And the synopsis sounded awesome. Getting captured on purpose? A battle of wits? Sounds perfect.
And it was pretty good. But I think my expectations were a bit too high. The book started out well for me and it ended really well but someone in the middle it felt like it got a little lost. The whole purpose of Alosa’s mission was to find part of a map that her dad, the pirate king, wants that will lead to a huge treasure. But while she’s trapped on this ship, she has to search the whole thing for this map so those who captured her don’t figure out that she’s trying to steal from them. And this is where things got a little slow for me. She just spends a bunch of time either locked in her cell on the boat or wandering around the boat or telling us how amazing she is and how she could be so much better but she can’t because she doesn’t want to give herself away. That was the hardest part to get through. I love a strong female character but I don’t want a character to repeatedly tell me how awesome they are. And it’s not a sexist thing, male characters that do that drive me just as crazy. But I wanted to shake her because we were all stuck on that boat in the middle of the sea and she kept saying how amazing she is but yet, she still can’t find that map and is still stuck on the boat too. There’s, of course, a bigger plan that has to do with why she can’t expose who (what?) she is, but I won’t get into that for spoiler purposes. Still, I just wanted her to FIND THAT MAP already. Also, the battle of wits mentioned in the synopsis? Not nearly as witty as one might expect. But it was fine. Just not the best banter and one-upping I’ve read before. If it had been a little more exciting, maybe the rest of the middle wouldn’t have dragged so much for me.
But once we get through those parts, the end is actually pretty good. A few new characters bring in some excitement and shake things up a bit and some unexpected surprises really make up for the other more boring parts earlier on. So if you’re reading it as well and getting a bit bored, just stick with it a little bit longer! I know I always hate hearing that but I really liked the end on this one so I’m going to say it this time.
The end of this book does set up a nicely for the next one. There isn’t a cliffhanger, it’s just clear the story isn’t finished. I’m definitely excited to read more after this one. I enjoyed the characters and the story and considering the end included some of my favorite moments, I’m definitely hoping that that feeling continues as the story does and the parts that annoyed me from the first won’t be a part of the second. But who knows. Either way, I’m always excited for more stories about pirates and strong female leads and adventure and this book most definitely has all of those.