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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 genuinely didn’t want this story to end. I had to will myself to put it down and drag it out for as long as I could stand.
This is the first book I’ve ever read about pirates, and now I want more.
I love that the main character is a fierce, stubborn, arrogant, and skilled woman. Alosa is so funny, I was laughing out loud a lot throughout this book. Her attitude made this story all the more enjoyable.
I loved Riden right from the very start. I really enjoyed the banter, among other things. *inserts winking emoji*
I really liked the storyline, and how it was written.
Some of the other characters really stood out to me too, like Enwen and Kearan.
I’m really happy with how it all played out and I’m so excited to read on. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I need book 2 now!
Below is just one of my favourite extracts, trust me, I have loads!
‘His philosophy is that if you have the power to do something, then you should do it.’
I'd also like to thank the lovely Danielle for talking me into reading this, it truly is a really enjoyable read that I'll happily reread a few times over.
I grabbed a copy of this book after watching numerous raving reviews about it on TikTok. On the cover, a review by Anna Banks states "we now have a Lady Jack Sparrow on our hands" and to be perfectly honest, it's the perfect description of Alosa.
Alosa, 17 year old captain, and daughter of The Pirate King purposefully orchestrates her own kidnapping in order to find a map that leads to a hoard of Siren treasure. She's captured by the Night Farer's crew and has to secure her place on the ship as their prisoner all while secretly searching for the map. Along the way she develops a close relationship with the Night Farer's first mate, Riden.
Between Riden's conflicted emotions, his need to protect his brutal brother and Captain, and Alosa's quick witt, sarcastic attitude and cunning behaviour the tension grows between them and blossoms into a fragile friendship. Friendship isn't the only thing on their minds though!
It was a fantastic read and I'm so glad I caved and bought a copy.
I can't wait to dive into Daughter Of The Siren Queen next and see what else the sea holds in store for Alosa and Riden. Their treasure hunt isn't over yet!
Easy reads / quick reads Pirates Adventure Treasure hunting Young Adult novels Jack Sparrow
Actually really enjoyed this book! I received it a 1pm and finished it the same day, such an easy read.
The book follows the story of Alosa, the pirate princess, who is on a mission for her father. This involves her intentionally getting captured by a pirate crew. This is book one of a duology.
The story is good fun and the love interest is well written, although I would have liked a bit more spice, but it was enjoyable enough and I will be purchasing the second book. There was a mix of adventure, mystery & mythology, with references to creatures such as sirens.
It’s been a very long time since I last read a pirate book and I hope that this genre might be coming back as it’s just such fun.
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!
What an adventure! Alosa is definitely my new favourite fierce heroine. She is not only intelligent and cunning, but hilariously stubborn and determined to be independent. I enjoyed her and Riden’s budding relationship – whilst they are supposed to be enemies, it is clear that Riden is driven by morality rather than loyalty to the ruthless pirate crew that he finds himself a part of. I am waiting for my copy of the sequel to arrive – I cannot wait! If you enjoy high-seas adventures, or Pirates of the Caribbean, this is one for you.
These books! I loved this series! I got these books because I saw them a lot on TikTok and was pleasantly surprised with what I read! The story is something I haven’t read before, it was awesome to see a strong female lead character who was badass, emotional and witty and didn’t need a man to see that. The front cover describes Alosa as "a female Jack Sparrow", and I would 100% agree with that statement, aside from the fact she is always sober and much more cunningly brilliant than he. This has a strong Pirates of the Caribbean feel as well, but it was a little more focused on the romance aspect as you would expect from a YA fantasy. Speaking of, I was surprised at how age appropriate this book is. It does have some violence but the romantic aspect was quite tame without losing any of the excitement.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was; I felt like a lot of the big reveals were done very quickly without a lot on exploration into what it meant, it was like it was chucked at you and you had to accept it. I don’t know if it was me being a little tired while reading it, but it’s what I felt. While it was predictable at times, I did love all the various twists and turns included that were used to set up the sequel coming in 2018. Overall, the adventure, witty dialogue, and budding romance between Riden and Alosa are enough to make this a 5 star read on it's own
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.