Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

33643994Title: Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Published: February 28th, 2017

Average Goodreads rating: 4

My rating: 5

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.

I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.

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Oh my lovelies, it has been so long since I well and truly fell in love with a book. I’ve had strong feelings of like and general enjoyment but a good, true love? Not in a long, long time. But that is exactly what I found with Daughter of the Pirate King. I had purchased this book several months ago in hardback on a really great sale and since then it has been sitting on my shelf. I kept saying, “Oh, I’ll get to it soon” or “I need to get to these ARCs first” or even “there are so many new books coming out, I don’t have time for a throwback.”

However, I have been in a funk lately. April has not been a good month for me overall so I just snagged a random book off of the shelf to keep myself entertained while my daughter had playtime outside of the house. This just happened to be the book I snagged. I am so very glad that I did.

What I Liked

  • It is rare that I get to say this but I loved the support characters in this book. Sometimes you read a book and the secondary characters are so dull and lifeless. They are there for presence only and add very little of substance or entertainment value to the story. Oh no, not in this book my friends. There is one particular minor character, a pirate, who had me laughing and crying and rooting for every step of the way. I love that. When I’m reading I want to fall in love with every part of the book, not just the two or three leads.
  • Hello badass pirate princess! Alosa is smart, sassy, physically capable, and so very clever. To me she is the perfect female lead. While she is everything I just mentioned she is also flawed and is aware that having people around she can trust and count on is beneficial. She doesn’t feel the need to do every little thing on her own but knows that she can if she needs to. Alosa makes mistakes but then finds a way to work through her mistakes and solve them. Girl couldn’t be more perfect to me if she tried.
  • Of course we have a romantic interest in this story, no surprise there, but he too was just shy of magical. Riden expects Alosa to be able to take care of herself. He even counts on it. When she is in trouble he doesn’t swoop in to save her, he is an intelligent man and is clever enough to use her brain and talent to their advantage. He is also steadfastly loyal but with a warped moral code that makes him absolutely charming.

What I Didn’t Like

  • There was a whole lot of banging people’s heads together to knock them out. It was cool the first couple of times but it got old pretty fast. It was also like no one cared that she was bashing their heads together. You would think that they’d get pretty mad about it but no one seemed to give a darn. That was a little odd.

Overall

Boy I love it when I have a short Didn’t Like list. This book was amazing and I finished it in just over 24 hours. For me, that is HUGE as it usually takes me around a week or so to read a book. On page one the action started and it didn’t stop until the very end. I loved it so much that I went to the store and bought the second book of the duology, Daughter of the Siren Queen, when I only had a chapter or two left of this one. I NEEDED more. I HAD TO HAVE MORE! This book was so close to perfect for me and I am so very grateful for it. Daughter of the Pirate King is actually the second book I have read this year that features a siren theme and let me tell you that it was done astronomically better than To Kill a Kingdom. In a nutshell I would recommend this book with fireworks and stars in my eyes. The writing was captivating, the themes well done, and the characters beautifully developed. Hearts. In. My. Eyes.

Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.

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