Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

3 stars

3.5 stars

I was back and forth on whether I would read this book. I saw a lot of mixed reviews. I actually enjoyed it. There were only a couple of things that I didn’t like, keeping me from giving it 4 stars.

Alosa, is a pirate and even better, daughter of the pirate king! She is on a mission to retrieve a piece of a map. She allows her to become captured and then spends time on the ship, trying to find this map. She plays a game of wits with Riden, the first mate. They of course, become enamored with each other. Will she find the map or will Riden discover her secrets first?

I loved Alosa! She was fun, witty and knew how to kick butt. I really liked that she was really caring. She didn’t want people to be treated unfairly or unkind. I loved her banter between she and Riden. It was a lot of fun and made me laugh out loud at times. They were really similar and so I liked Riden as a character too.

What I didn’t care for was the romance. It was just too instant and too forced. I feel like since this is a duology, why not let it be a slow burn? It’s such a shame because I loved both of them and they are great together but I just didn’t care for it. It just rubbed me the wrong way.

Okay, so I understand that her supernatural abilities are supposed to be hidden and then towards the end they are revealed. I wish she would have let US in on the secret before hand. It felt like there were two different books here. The first half, where she’s a kick butt pirate, then the second half, where she’s a siren. It just threw me off a little bit and it killed a bit of the flow for me. I see a lot of people saying she’s like Jack Sparrow. Nah, I don’t think so. She’s fun and interesting but that’s where the similarity ends.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Like I said, I was between 3.5 – 4 stars. So not bad at all. I just had some small issues. I totally plan on reading the second book! It was a fun, light read. 🙂




8 thoughts on “Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

  1. I have heard really good things about this one and had no idea it’s a duology! You don’t see a lot of those in YA fiction. How prominent is the romance in the story? Is it more of a side thing or a major plot point?

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    • Yeah, it’s refreshing to see a duology in YA! Umm… I think it’s a good mix. From the beginning you know it’s coming because she talks about how hot he is and so on. I feel like it’s a bit more of a major plot point because she starts making decisions based on her feelings for him.


  2. This review is so spot on! I had a blast reading it and can’t wait to read the sequel. Alosa, especially, was a fun and resourceful lead, even if her cockiness did irk me at times. I totally agree about the romance, and I’m hoping it’s better developed in the sequel. I also feel the same way about the reveal of her true nature … I wish it hadn’t come out of left field. Wonderful review!

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    • Thank you!!! I’m glad you liked it. I’ve seen a lot of people who loved the romance and I was like… what?! Haha. I am hoping that it becomes much better in the second book. I’m also assuming we will get more of her true nature too. I hope! lol

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