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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 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.
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.
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!
Product arrived on time and from the outside looked to be in great condition, no folds or tears but in the middle of the book the pages aren't good quality. Several of the pages in the centre are misshapen as if they have been cut incorrectly and the printed type is definitely not straight. The full pages can still be read but not great if you have to cock your head sideways just to read it.