4/5 stars – pirates, enemies-to-lovers, plot twists, need I even say more?
Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: “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.”
“It should not be this difficult to stay a prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.”Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King
You know those books that you’re not really sure why you’re enjoying them so much, but you are, and you can’t stop reading it? This was one of those books. I devoured it. Literally in under twelve hours (and I slept during this time). I couldn’t stop reading it. I couldn’t put it down. This could be because of the super-easy-to-read way it’s written, or maybe because I’m just so far down the pirate rabbit hole right now that I just can’t get enough (probably the latter – fun fact, I’m obsessed with pirates. Always have been. Probably always will be). Either way, it’s done and I’m so glad I’ve got the sequel ready to go.
The writing style is present-time/first-person. Which I’m usually not a fan of, but I enjoyed the main character so much that I actually didn’t mind spending time in her head. I did find there was a lack of world-building where I didn’t really get a feel for what the time and styles of the world were meant to be. Granted they did only go on land like twice during the whole book, but even then I didn’t really have a clear picture in mind of where they were, which is fine, like I kind of expect that in first-person novels but I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more and hopefully we do in the sequel! The writing at times could be a bit info-dumpy and cringey, but honestly I enjoyed this little book so damn much that I didn’t even care (guilty pleasure read right here).
The best part about this book hands down was the characters. It was very character driven which I find quite often is a side effect of first-person narratives. But it’s fine. This was just what I needed after the Throne of Glass series. And I was literally living for the moments between Alosa and Riden. Enemies-to-lovers is the surefire way to my heart (sorry not sorry), and this had all the snark and witty banter and sword-fighting and soft moments that make a good enemies-to-lovers (but still enemies? Frenemies?? I’m honestly not sure where these two are at, that conversation I think is to come in the next one).
I also liked that every character had a distinct personality in this book. There were no pointless characters (we all know I hate that) and they all had their own goals. There was a purpose to each member of the crew. I really liked the way Draxen’s character was done too (he’s horrible, with no redeeming qualities except that he loves his brother, but it was believable and executed well).
It also had a few good plot twists towards the end that I didn’t see coming. Like the last seventy pages was just one giant wild ride and I nearly got to the end, but I had to stop and sleep because I couldn’t take everything that happened all in one go. My poor little fragile heart just couldn’t do it. I woke up super early and finished it in twenty minutes before I’d even gotten out of bed though because I NEEDED to know what happened.
This book did have it’s issues, but there is a lack of pirate novels in my life that I severely need remedied and this was just the kind of book I needed right now so I’m probably raving about it more than I would if I’d read it say before the mess that was the Throne of Glass series. I would definitely recommend this to someone who needs some more pirates in their life, is a sucker for enemies-to-lovers, or needs a quick and light-hearted (although there’s a fair amount of sword stabbing and killing and torture in this tbh) read.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and my little pirate loving heart is content and keen to read the sequel!
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