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 mapthe key to a legendary treasure troveseventeen-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.
In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
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Daughter of the Pirate King
By Tricia Levenseller
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I hate having to dress like a man.
The cotton shirt is too loose, the breeches too big, the boots too uncomfortable. My hair is bound on the top of my head, secured in a bun underneath a small sailor's hat. My sword is strapped tightly to the left side of my waist, a pistol undrawn on my right.
The clothing is awkward as it hangs loose in all the wrong places. And the smell! You'd think men did nothing but roll around in dead fish guts while smearing their own excrement on their sleeves. But perhaps I shouldn't complain so.
Such precautions are necessary when one's being invaded by pirates.
We're outnumbered. Outgunned. Seven of my men lie dead on their backs. Two more jumped overboard as soon as they saw the black flag of the Night Farer on the horizon.
Deserters. They're the most cowardly filth. They deserve whatever fate comes to them. Whether they tire and drown or get claimed by the sea life.
Steel twangs through the air. The ship rocks from the blasts of cannons. We cannot hold out much longer.
"Two more down, Captain," Mandsy, my temporary first mate, says from where she peeks through the trapdoor.
"I should be up there, shoving steel between ribs," I say, "not hiding like some helpless whelp."
"A little patience," she reminds me. "If we're to survive this, you need to stay put."
"Survive?" I ask, offended.
"Let me rephrase. If we're to succeed, you really shouldn't be seen performing impressive feats with the sword."
"But maybe if I just killed a few of them ..." I say more to myself.
"You know we can't risk that," she says. Then she adds abruptly, "More men have boarded the ship. I think they're headed this way."
Finally. "Give the order to surrender."
"Aye, Captain." She ascends the rest of the steps leading to the deck.
"And don't get yourself killed!" I hiss after her.
She nods before traveling through the trapdoor.
Don't get killed, I say again in my head. Mandsy is one of only three I trust on this ship. She's a good gal, very bright, optimistic — and a good voice of reason, which I desperately needed during our voyage. She volunteered to come, along with two other girls from my real crew. I shouldn't have allowed them to join me, but I needed their help keeping these worthless men in line. Life these last few weeks would have been so much easier if I could have had my crew on this venture.
"Lay down your arms!"
I can barely make out her cry through the sounds of fighting. But then things calm down. Cutlasses clatter to the wooden deck almost instantly. The men currently under my command had to be expecting the order. Praying for it, even. If I did not order the surrender, perhaps they would have given up on their own. By no means does this crew consist of the bravest bunch.
I climb the stairs, lying in wait just belowdecks, staying out of sight. I'm to play the part of the harmless cabin boy. If these men were to discover who I truly am ...
"Check belowdecks. Make sure no one's hiding." It's one of the pirates. I can't see him from where I hide, but if he's giving orders, he's either the first mate or the captain.
I tense, even though I know exactly what comes next.
The trapdoor lifts, and a hideous face comes into view, complete with a foul, scraggly beard, yellow teeth, and a broken nose. Meaty arms grasp me roughly, hoisting me off the ladder and tossing me onto the deck.
It's a miracle that my hat stays on.
"Line them up!"
I stand as my weapons are removed by the ugly pirate. Then his foot jams into my back as he forces me to my knees, along with the rest of my men. I look down the line and relax as I see Mandsy. Sorinda and Zimah are unharmed as well. Good. My girls are safe. To hell with the rest of the crew.
I take a moment to observe the pirate barking out orders. He's a young man, perhaps not even twenty years of age. Unusual, that. Young men are not usually the ones giving orders, especially among crews such as this one. His eyes are alight with the victory of the battle. His stance is sure, his face confident. He's probably a head taller than I, were I standing, with dark brown hair the color of a seal's coat. His face is pleasant enough to look at, but that means nothing to me when I know he belongs to this crew. He notices Mandsy in the lineup. Her hat has fallen off, revealing her long brown hair and pretty face. He winks at her.
All in all, I'd say he's a cocky bastard.
My crew and I wait in silence for whatever the pirates have in store for us. Smoke billows around us from the cannon blasts. Debris is scattered around the ship. The smell of gunpowder leaches into the air, scratching at the back of my throat.
Footsteps sound as a man walks across the gangplank that connects the two ships. His head points down, revealing nothing more than a black hat with a white plume rising from the side.
"Captain," the same pirate shouting orders from before says, "all the men on the ship are before you."
"Good, Riden. But let's hope they're not all men."
A few pirates snicker. Some of my men glance nervously in my direction.
Fools! They're giving me away too easily.
"I've spotted three lasses so far, but none of them have red hair."
The captain nods. "Listen up!" he shouts, raising his head so we can see him for the first time.
He's not much older than his cocky first mate. I slowly take in the faces of the pirate crew. Many can't even grow hair on their chins. It's an incredibly young pirate crew. I'd heard that the Night Farer was no longer under the command of the pirate lord Jeskor — that he was succeeded by a young captain, but I hadn't expected the entire crew to be so young.
"You have all heard the stories of Jeskor the Headbreaker," the young pirate captain continues. "I am his son, Draxen. And you will find that my reputation will grow to be far worse."
I can't help myself. I laugh. Does he think he can make a reputation for himself by telling everyone how fearsome he is?
"Kearan," the captain says, nodding to the man behind me. Kearan rams the bottom of his sword onto the top of my head. It's not hard enough to knock me out, but it is enough to hurt like hell.
That's enough of that, I think. Mandsy's words of caution are so far from my mind now. I'm done kneeling on the floor like some servant. Bracing my hands against the wooden deck, I extend my legs backward, hooking my feet behind the heels of the ugly pirate standing there. With one yank forward, Kearan topples backward. I stand quickly, turn around, and take my sword and pistol from him before he can regain his feet.
I point the pistol at Draxen's face. "Get off the ship and take your men with you."
Behind me, I hear scuffling as Kearan finds his feet. I jerk my elbow backward, connecting with his enormous gut. There's a large splat as he collapses to the ground once again.
It's quiet. Everyone can hear the click of my pistol cocking back. "Leave now."
The captain tries to peer under my hat. I could duck under his gaze, but that would mean taking my eyes off him.
All at once a shot fires, wrenching the pistol from my hand. It lands on the deck before skittering out of sight.
I look to the right to see the first mate — Riden — placing his pistol back into his holster. A resulting arrogant smile stretches across his face. Though I would like to slash the look from him with my sword, I can admit it was an impressive shot.
But that doesn't stop me from getting angry. I draw my sword and step toward the first mate. "You could have taken my hand."
"Only if I'd wanted to."
All too quickly two men grab me from behind, one holding each arm.
"I think you talk far too much for a mere cabin boy whose voice hasn't yet dropped," the captain says. "Remove the hat."
One of my captors yanks the hat from my head, and my hair falls into place, reaching halfway down my back.
"Princess Alosa," Draxen says. "There you are. You're a bit younger than I expected."
He's one to talk. I may be three years shy of twenty, but I'd bet my sword arm I could best him in any challenge of wits or skill.
"I was worried we'd have to tear apart the ship before we found you," he continues. "You will be coming with us now."
"I think you'll learn quickly, Captain, that I don't like being told what to do."
Draxen snorts, rests his hands on his belt, and turns back toward the Night Farer. His first mate, however, never takes his eyes off me, as though he anticipates a violent reaction.
Well, of course I'm going to react violently, but why should he expect it already?
I slam my heel into the foot of the pirate holding me on the right. He grunts and releases me to reach down. Then I jab the side of my freed hand into the other pirate's throat. He makes a choking sound before placing his hands at his neck.
Draxen turns to see what the commotion is. Meanwhile, Riden levels another pistol at me, even whilst a smile still rests upon his face. Single-shot pistols take time to reload with gunpowder and an iron ball, which is why most men carry at least two on them.
"I have terms, Captain," I say.
"Terms?" he says in disbelief.
"We will negotiate the terms of my surrender. First I will have your word that my crew will be freed and unharmed."
Draxen removes his right hand from his belt and reaches down for one of his pistols. As soon as he has it, he points it at the first of my men in line and fires. The pirate behind him jumps out of the way as the body of my crewman falls backward.
"Do not test me," Draxen commands. "You will get on my ship. Now."
He is certainly eager to prove his reputation. But if he thinks he can intimidate me, he is wrong.
Again I pick up my sword. Then I rake it across the throat of the pirate recovering from the strike to the neck I gave him.
Riden's eyes widen while the captain's narrow. Draxen pulls out another gun from his waist and fires at the second man in line. He goes down like the first.
I ram my sword into the closest pirate next to me. He cries out before dropping first to his knees, then to the deck. The boots I wear are now sticky with blood. I've left a few red footprints on the wood beneath me.
"Stop!" Riden shouts. He steps closer, pointing his gun at my chest. It is of no surprise to me that his smile is now gone.
"If you wanted me dead, you would have already killed me," I say. "Since you want me alive, you will comply with my terms." In a matter of seconds, I disarm Kearan, the pirate who grabbed me from before. I force him to his knees. One hand yanks his head back by the hair; the other holds my sword steady against his neck. He doesn't make a sound as I hold his life in my hands. Impressive, considering he has seen me kill two of his shipmates. He knows I will feel no guilt at his death.
Draxen stands before a third member of my crew, holding a new pistol.
This one's Mandsy.
I don't let the fear show on my face. He has to think me indifferent. This will work.
"For one who asked for the safety of her crew, you sure are being callous when I kill them off one by one," Draxen says.
"But for every man I lose, you shall lose one as well. If you intend to kill them all after I'm on board, then it doesn't really matter if I lose a few while bargaining for the safety of the rest. You intend to take me captive, Captain. If you wish me to board your ship willingly, then you would be wise to listen to my offer. Or shall we see just how many of your men I can kill as you try to force me over?"
Riden approaches his captain and whispers something to him. Draxen tightens his hold on his weapon. I feel my heart beating rapidly. Not Mandsy. Not Mandsy. She's one of mine. I can't let her die.
"State your terms, princess." He practically spits out my title. "And be quick about it."
"The crew is to be unharmed and released. I will come aboard your ship without resisting. Also, you will bring my accessories over."
"Yes, my wardrobe and personal belongings."
He turns to Riden. "She wants her clothes," he says incredulously.
"I am a princess, and I will be treated as such."
The captain looks about ready to shoot me, but Riden speaks up. "What do we care, Captain, if she wants to get herself all fixed up for us every day? I for one won't complain."
Soft laughter resonates from his crew.
"Very well," Draxen says at last. "Will that be all, Your Highness?"
"Then get your pampered arse over to the ship. You men" — he points to a couple of brutes in the back — "get her belongings to the ship. As for the princess's crew, get the lot of you to the rowboats. I will be sinking this ship. It's a two-and-a-half-day sail to the nearest port if you row quickly. And I suggest you do before you die of thirst. Once you reach the shore, you will take my note of ransom to the pirate king and inform him that I have his daughter."
Men from both sides hurry about to carry out orders. The captain steps forward and holds out his hand for the sword. Reluctantly, I give it up. Kearan, the pirate I'd been threatening, rises to his feet and scurries as far from me as possible. I don't get a chance to smile at his reaction, because Draxen lands a blow on my left cheek.
My whole body lurches from the force of it. The inside of my mouth bleeds from where my teeth struck skin. I spit blood onto the deck.
"Let's get one thing straight, Alosa. You are my prisoner. While it appears you've learned a thing or two from growing up as the daughter of the pirate king, the fact remains that you will be the only woman on a ship full of cutthroats, thieves, and blackhearts who haven't made port in a good long while. Do you know what that means?"
I spit again, trying to get the taste of blood out of my mouth. "It means your men haven't been to a whorehouse recently."
Draxen smiles. "If you ever try to make me lose face in front of my men like that again, I may just leave your cell unlocked at night so anyone can wander in, and I will fall asleep, listening to your screams."
"You're daft if you think you will ever hear me scream. And you'd better pray you never fall asleep while my cell is unlocked."
He gives me an evil smile. I note that he has a gold tooth. His hat sits atop black hair that peeks under in little curls. His face is dark from the sun. And his coat is a little too big for him, as if it belonged to someone before him. Stole it off his father's corpse, perhaps?
"Riden!" Draxen shouts. "Take the girl over. Put her in the brig. Then get to work on her."
Get to work on her?
"Gladly," Riden says as he approaches. He grasps my arm tightly, almost hard enough for it to hurt. It's a sharp contrast to his light expression. It makes me wonder if the two men I killed were his friends. He tows me toward the other ship. As I walk, I watch my men and women drift away on the rowboats. They row at a steady pace so as not to tire themselves too quickly. Mandsy, Sorinda, and Zimah will make sure they swap positions regularly so each man can get a turn to rest. They're bright girls.
The men, however, are throwaways. My father handpicked each of them. Some of them owe him money. Some of them got caught stealing from the treasury. Some didn't follow orders like they were supposed to. And some have no other fault except for being an annoyance. Whatever the case, my father gathered them all together in one crew, and I brought no more than three girls from my ship to help me keep them in line.
After all, Father suspected that most of the men would be killed once Draxen took me. Lucky for them, I was able to save most of their miserable lives. I hope Father won't be too upset.
But that doesn't matter right now. The point is that I'm now aboard the Night Farer.
Of course, I couldn't make my capture look too easy. I had a part to play. Draxen and his crew can't suspect me.
They can't know I was sent on a mission to rob their ship.CHAPTER 2
I envy Riden's boots.
They're of a fine workmanship and black as a shark's hungry eye. The buckles look to be pure silver. The leather is firm and tight. The material folds around his calves in a perfect fit. His steps thud on the deck. Sturdy. Loud. Powerful.
Meanwhile, I constantly trip as Riden drags me along. My too-big boots keep nearly falling off. Whenever I hesitate so I can readjust them, Riden yanks harder on my arm. I have to catch myself several times before I fall to the floor.
"Keep up now, lass," he says merrily, knowing full well I'm incapable of doing just that.
Finally, I stomp on his foot.
He grunts but, to his credit, does not let me go. I expect him to hit me like Draxen did, but he doesn't. He just hurries me along faster. I could, of course, break away from him easily if I wanted to. But I can't seem too adept, especially when pitted against the first mate. And I need the pirates to settle down around me after my display back on the other ship.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for the opportunity to read and review Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller! The princess is on a mission to rob the pirate ship, Night Farer. Princess Alosa has been sent by her father, the Pirate King, to steal a piece of the map that shows the way to the Isla de Canta., the island where sirens have placed their treasures throughout history. Alosa proves herself to be a very deceptive spy and a skilled fighter who can take care of herself. Riden, the brother of the Night Farer captain, knows Alosa is hiding secrets and wants to know what they are. Riden also seems to be more observant than anyone else she has ever met and Alosa isn't sure how he can sense and see the changes in her as she uses her powers. Alosa is tough, has a clever intelligence and wit and I enjoyed her sarcastic comments throughout the story. Her focus and confidence help her through many tough struggles. Alosa's secrets are revealed while her father's story is told also. The story will continue in the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen, scheduled for release February 2018. 5 stars for an entertaining adventure fantasy!
Loved it all the way i give it a 5 out of 5
Thank you Helois, for suggesting this book! The title instantly had me buying it in two seconds. Amazing plot with a fiery adventure and amazing characters that you will simply fall in love with. Can't wait to get my hands on another book of Princess Alosa, Daughter of the Pirate King!
I loved the story. The suspense and intrigue, and the mysterious questions that get answered in part, keeping me wanting to get further and further into the book. I was shocked when I finally did reach the end, having been fully immersed in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Tricia wrote, and would very much recommend this witty and heavily pirate researched book.
When I hear “Pirate” in the title – I want a story that is fast-paced and action packed, with plenty of intrigue and characters who straddle the line between outright villains and upstanding citizens in their own little world. And Levenseller brought all of that, and more, to this first book in the duology featuring Alosa, the Daughter of the Pirate King. Brazen, confident, smart-mouthed and seventeen, Alosa is easy to picture, strutting about as she plans and commands the next move. The only (claimed) child of Kalligan, the tendency is to underestimate her cunning and deadly skill, to the dismay and surprise of all who seek to derail her from the course she’s set forward. And she is everything that one would want in a pirate ship captain, fueled by her own confidence and determination. When she is tasked with finding a piece of map for her father, she sets a plan in motion, believing the subterfuge and her own skills will bring success. From the start, the story is non-stop: from Alosa’s plan to allow her own capture by Draxen, a newly crowned pirate lord in possession of the ship formerly owned by the man who held the map piece. Alosa believes she can use her wiles and cleverness to search the ship for the missing piece, and reunite with her own crew thereafter. Adding to the mix is Alosa’s repeated “discovery’ by Riden, first mate and younger brother of Draxen, and the banter they share as he is returning her (repeatedly) to her space in the brig. With a touch of friendship blooming into a gentle romance, the interplay here is clever. In fact, all of the dialogue in this story, from Alosa and Riden’s banter, to the general dialogue caught and captured during the story has a lovely touch of humor to it: in many ways Alosa is funny, the moments even more bright as they contrast completely with her ruthless determination and her overwhelming (if occasionally bordering on overstated) confidence. When the action and pacing is so forward thinking, it would be easy to lose sight of the plotting: this story is well crafted and builds piece on piece to give readers a never-ending sense of ‘what next’ among the smiles. With a last little twist, and an ending that works without being a cliffhanger, yet leaves room for more for Alosa to come, this was a wonderful debut, sure to please readers. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
What a fun read! (I was going to say "I had a swashbuckling of a good time reading this", but I'm sure someone's thought of that already. ) Good character arcs, good suspense, some mystery thrown in, and let's not forget... GIRL PIRATES! (Plus another mysterious element... no spoilers here.) Even if you're not necessarily a fan of pirate books (or movies), if you like adventure, and strong females, and romance, and bad guys getting what they deserve, and action, and intrigue... you'll enjoy Daughter of the Pirate King (and likely want to dive into the sequel, like, immediately).
This was a fun story. Following the adventures of the ever fearless Alosa, daughter of the Pirate King, the reader is taken on a wild ride. A true girl power story, Alosa doesn’t allow any man to save her; she can save herself, thank you very much. She is captain of her own ship of mostly female pirates and she has plans to one day replace her father as ruler of all pirates. But first she has to get through this escapade! Entertaining with plenty of adventure and action, this was a fun read.
Action packed. Needs a movie made out of it.
So well written, fun, and full of action. It was also sexy! Feisty! And hilarious! I couldn't get enough and can't wait to read the 2nd book.
Omg I loved this book so much! I love everything about Alosa!! she is a female Jack Sparrow . This has an amazing and very interesting storyline. I couldn't get enough of this book! I really want to see Alosa and Riden together as the King and Queen of pirates. Daughter of the Siren Queen cant come out soon enough! Alosa is the Daughter of the Pirate King. She plans her own kidnapping in order to allow herself aboard the enemy ship. Alosa is on a scret mission from her father. She must find an ancient hidden map which leads to a legendary treasure trove.
Daughter of the Pirate King is a thrilling adventure. I loved this book! Why did I love this? • From the beginning to the end I was mesmerized by this story. The story begins with Alosa captured by her enemies, so right away you see her calculating her every move. As I read more it became clear this was going to be an exciting adventure. And I was right. I loved the action and enjoyed riding beside Alosa while she searched for the map. I also loved the banter between Alosa and Riden. It was fun watching them try to outwit each other but also see the connection they were making. • I love Alosa! She’s clever, intelligent and strong. Alosa doesn’t want to rely on her special skills (I’m not spoiling it for anyone), so it was interesting watching her stay in control. It was exciting to see her transformation and I can’t wait to read more about it in the next book. Despite her rough relationship with her father, she still finds the good in him. As tough as she may be, Alosa is like most of us and craves her father’s approval. It will be interesting to see what happens with her relationship with her father. • I love Riden! It is refreshing to have the love interest be the second in command, rather than the Captain pirate. He is clever and a definite match for Alosa. His brother Draxen is a cold-hearted pirate but Riden has compassion. Even though they are enemies, Riden and Alosa have a lot in common due to their painful past. They have sizzling chemistry and I can’t wait for more of them in the next book. • I loved that Alosa’s crew was primarily women. I’ve never read a book with female pirates so I loved seeing the strong women fight and control their ship. Daughter of the Pirate King has adventure, romance, suspense and action. This is a fun story and I can’t wait to read the next book.
Daughter of the Pirate King is a swashbuckling good time! This one is fast paced, action packed, and full of blood thirsty pirates! Prepare for sword fights, adventure, cunning pirates, and a steamy romance! The Plot: Alosa is daughter to the most fearsome pirate of the seas. As a pirate herself, she is sent on a mission. It's not a normal pirate mission though. Her mission is to get captured by a ship of enemy pirates to steal a treasured possession thought to be on board. Though the crew is no match for her strength, or wits, the devilishly handsome, first mate, Riden may prove to be her match in cleverness. Can Alosa pull all the tricks out of her sleeve, steal her target, and make it back to her father, The Pirate King, without falling for the cunning Riden? Daughter of the Pirate King had me from the very first sentence! It was ridiculously fun, entertaining, and humorous (chapter 8 was downright gut busting)! I loved the plot, action, and characters! I felt like it held a mixture of characteristics from Pirates of the Caribbean, The Princess Bride, and Peter Pan. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and decided to keep it close by in case I fall in to any reading slumps in the future. I really enjoyed the plot of the book because it was unique to have a female pirate plan to be captured to complete her mission. There wasn't much world building needed, because the majority of the story was spent on a pirate ship, but I felt like the author did a great job with making me feel like I was on that pirate ship. It was a quick, easy read that had me laughing, kept me on the edge of my seat, and got my heart racing! And the characters were insanely entertaining! Alosa was my favorite. She was brave, fierce, and intelligent. She was clever, cunning, and hilarious! I enjoyed how the author wrote her character, and really loved her backstory. Riden was swoonworthy! He was sly, handsome, and mesmerizing! I loved the steamy pirate fantasy that he brought out! He was the dark, conflicted soul that held a bit of morality inside. Alosa's crew members, Mandsy, Sorinda, and Zimah were pretty kick ass. I loved that Alosa had a mostly female crew of intelligent, fierce women! I also loved Enwen from Draxen's crew. He was kind and curious, and held childish innocence, which was surprising for a pirate! So, before I end, I would like to point out that I had decided to turn the critical portion of my brain off while I read this. I had seen many mixed reviews about this one, and, after reading, I found that I could agree with a lot of them. From a critical standpoint, I may have rated this as a 3 star read. I wanted to acknowledge several key things that were dis-likable about this read (such as the "insta-love", the stereotype of the rapacious pirate, the over-arrogance of the main character, the predictability, etc.), but I also wanted to state that I had put all of those criticisms aside and just enjoyed the hell out of this book! I had allowed myself to appreciate this one 100% and experienced some jolly good fun, fantastical pirates, bloody good sword fights, a kick ass pirate girl, and a sexy, fantasy pirate and steamy romance!
The Daughter of the Pirate King was the adventure I had hoped it would be. The plot seemed to be a little more drawn out in the first half and normally I would be bored but it was necessary for getting to know everyone and I found myself getting into these characters. And yah, some of the story line direction was pretty obvious. But then, I got snacked with a twist of two I didn't see coming which got me flipping pages even faster. Alosa is a bad ass pirate who can hold her own and everybody else's too. Through her view of her father he's either the worst parent alive or a genius (or both) in her training. She gets herself taken prisoner on an enemy pirate's ship to steal a portion of a map (1 of 3) that her father needs to find the ultimate treasure by convincing her captives they can ransom her back to Daddy. Sparks fly between Alosa and the first mate, Riden. Riden's brother, Captain Draxon is a douche. A couple of the crew are good guys the rest are douchy like the Cap. Things get crazy when we found out that Alosa is much more than the Pirate King's daughter. Then, they get taken over and kidnapped by a 3rd enemy pirate and company. After it's all said and done, I turned the last page wanting it to go on to the obvious next part of the adventure. I'll try very hard to be patient!!!!
Fast paced and exciting
There’s this thing that happens to me every time finals season comes around: I could be in the biggest book slump in the world, but if I have exams I’m supposed to be taking, I will pick up a book against my better judgement, and what do you know, it turns out to be the most amazing book ever. It annoys me to know end, because it makes studying for finals so darn difficult, and it’s not like it’s easy in the first place. One of the first books I read after classes let out and I was supposed to be studying for my Calculus II final was Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I know the cover doesn’t look like much, but it is such a ridiculously fun book that I’m so glad I gave it a chance anyways! This book is about the daughter of the Pirate King, Alosa. The book begins with her ship being captured by another pirate ship, run by a handsome – but disgustingly awful – captain and his dreamy, adorable cunning first mate, who also happens to be his brother. They take Alosa as a prisoner in the hopes that she’ll reveal something that’ll allow for them to defeat the Pirate King, but here’s the twist: Alosa wanted to get caught, and she has her own agenda on that ship of theirs. WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN THIS BOOK: • A feisty, pirate’s daughter who isn’t defined by anyone other than herself, despite the title of the book. She basically has no fear, would do anything for her Pirate King father, has an A++++ crew waiting for her, and is hilarious even in the most dire of situations. • A delightful slow burn romance with non-stop banter until the very end. Is there anything better than two enemies feeling stirrings of things for each other in their chests? I think not. • At a certain point in this novel, some supernatural aspects come into play. I realized it right before it happened, and I’ll be surprised if you realize it way before then. • A fast-paced plot with a great cast of characters, wonderful scenes, a whole lot of adventure – despite them being on a ship for the majority of the book – and zero boredom whatsoever. Basically, a final exam taker’s worst nightmare, but what can you do. Besides, it was totally worth it. THE MOOD YOU SHOULD BE IN BEFORE READING THIS: • You don’t have to be in the mood to read, because just reading the first page will draw you into the story, as well as in Alosa as a character. • Don’t be looking for an intense fantasy with multiple different plots and paragraphs describing the setting, because this is not that (and personally, I find that a good thing). • Being in the mood to swoon certainly won’t hurt. When I picked this out at the library I had no idea that I would have such a thrill reading it! Despite my attempts to study, I finished this book the same day I started it, and all I could do was stare at the title of book two – which you shouldn’t look up yet because it’s a major spoiler – and wish I had the book in my hands. Alas, it doesn’t even have a cover yet. To recap, I loved the strong feminist character who had to make the tough decisions, and I absolutely loved the ending – it’s so perfect, and I can’t wait to see what high jinks the gang gets into in the next novel.
I enjoyed the main character and Riden, but a book where the majority of the action takes place in such a small area are hard. The girl pirate group was a bit too perfect and idealistic.
Okay, I just realized that I never actually posted a review for this book that I loved so much! It is one of my staff recommendations at the bookstore where I work currently, so I did a tiny blurb to recommend it, but I never posted one on my blog. Well, I can tell you this, it was such a good book! While it was mainly about pirates, which makes it seem kind of historical, it was really a lot of fantasy, as there are actual Sirens in it, and the main character has some of those abilities, she can sing to get men to do what she wants. But she's not just part Siren, her dad is king of the pirates, or so he calls himself. It seems there are some other pirates who want to claim that title for themselves. So Alosa, his daughter, sets out to get herself kidnapped, so that she can spy on these other pirates, find a map, and also hopefully lead them way off track of finding her father. Of course, Alosa is also a very good pirate in her own right, and so there is a lot she must do in order to seem like someone that would be an actual prisoner. She uses her skills to sneak out of the cell where they're keeping her on the enemy's ship, and then she is able to sneak around and see if she can find what she's looking for. Only, one of the pirate brothers that is in charge of the ship that has taken her hostage seems to see past her fake plans. Not only that, the two of them clash, and are definitely attracted to each other. In the end there is even one more traitor that will cause everyone to have to figure out who they can and can't trust, as well as changing plans to help her father get what he wants. But the feelings that may come between Alosa and Riden, (the pirate brother), can only serve to cause them so much turmoil in their end game plans. It is such a fun ride though, just reminded me so much of the first Pirate of the Caribbean movies. And the ending, well it ends in a way that you're left on the edge of your seat, so excited for the sequel. As I mentioned, I highly recommend this one!
DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING was a dashedly good pirate tale with a fierce and wily heroine, an enemy pirate who is far too smart and who she shouldn't fall for, and a quest that will put them both in danger. Those who enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean and similar tales of danger, adventure, and romance will love this one! I loved this story from the very first page. I loved the heroine and I loved her antagonist, Riden. I loved the subterfuge and the game, so to speak, between these two. It all felt realistic. The storytelling was spot on and marvelously done where I felt I was literally in a pirate tale. The chemistry was fantastic with a few swoon-worthy moments, but nothing that crossed any lines, keeping this clean. I loved that Alosa is quite skilled. She knows how to use her skills, but she's also a little brash (I mean the girl does have her pride). I loved that she has her own crew. I also loved that she has a soft heart underneath it all. There were also some heartbreaking moments and some decent twists. I expect some more development to the plot and these characters in future books. What wasn't perfect? Well, I did notice a few mistakes Alosa makes, but due to her age and desire to not disappoint her father, I forgave her. There were a few places where the violence got a little crude or uncomfortable, but more because of one or two pirate's intent than anything else. All of this lent more authenticity to the story, because really, some pirates should be evil, right? I'm just glad that most of the time, Alosa didn't have to deal with those types. In the end, was it what I wished for? I was very happy to find that my high expectations were met with this one. I loved this story and can't wait to find out what happens next to these characters and the treasure they seek! Content: Violence and some innuendo. Source: Received a complimentary ARC through NetGalley, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.
The biggest disappointment about this book was the fact that it could have been something completely unique and amazing, but instead ended up being exactly what you would expect of every YA book out there. First of all, the all-female pirate crew was barely present in the entire book! Why would you write a book about badass female pirates and then ignore them for 95% of the novel??? It was such a wasted opportunity. Instead, the book focused on a weird and unbelievable romance. Insert rolling eyes emoji here. Honestly, the only characters I really enjoyed were Alosa's crew, but we barely got to spend any time with them. Alosa was seriously a pain and was completely full of herself. The book was told from her point of view, and I found this to be pretty detrimental to the story. Alosa kept telling the reader how tough she was, talking about all the cool things she could do and how she could destroy an entire ship of men if she wanted to. But she never really did anything that was that amazing. She was all talk and never actually SHOWED us what she could do. Perhaps if the story wasn't actually told by Alosa, we could have seen what she was actually capable of, instead of repeatedly hearing her talk about how awesome she was. The only thing that Alosa proved to me was that she was not nearly as amazing as she claimed to be. Despite all her talk and bravado, when it came down to it, she was distracted from her mission by a boy. (OF. FREAKING. COURSE.) You would think that the daughter of the pirate king would have a bit more wherewithal and stay true to her cause. But no, as soon as he takes off his shirt and she realizes he smells like soap, she completely forgets what she is supposed to do. The romance was totally unbelievable as well. It felt very forced - like the author was trying to cross things off a typical YA checklist. Girl (redhead of course) is captured and falls hopelessly in love with her hunky, mysterious captor with a dark and troubled past. Gag. All in all, this book was predictable and a huge disappointment. The multiple "twists" were easy to guess and super trope-y. This book had so much potential, but it went so wrong so fast. Even the cover is awful. The entire thing was a giant disappointment. The only good thing about it was that it was a really fast read, so I didn't waste too much time on it. I will definitely not be picking up the next book in this series.