Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
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.
Review: This book was such a quick, fun read! If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, then you’ll definitely enjoy it. Alosa’s character was instantly entertaining as she got herself captured by pirates. She put up a good “fight” against them, but eventually conceded with a few dead/injured people along the way. I loved how demanding she was too, even as she was locked in a cage! Alosa was fiercely defiant and super crafty, with a plan for every moment.
The only thing I found highly distracting from the plot was her and Riden’s relationship. From the start it was obvious that there was some tension there, but I did not expect so much time to be spent on them. Their dynamic was exciting to read, but there was too much. I really wish there were more action scenes because pirates are supposed to be exciting and adventurous, not fawning over each other the whole time. I wish there were more sword fights and good ol’ fashioned plundering.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the romance subplot, but when it takes up half a book, it might as well be the main plot. Riden is definitely swoony, though, so I can see the appeal of using his character to distract Alosa from her goal. We definitely need more pirate YA books to be written because this was so much fun to read. I also loved the awesome magical twist in this story as well! I’m super excited to see where the sequel goes now that Alosa’s secret has been revealed.