I received this book for free from Publisher at ALA Midwinter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Publisher at ALA Midwinter
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
If you want something done right . . .
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
There’s something so exciting and fascinating about pirates, am I right? When I think about pirates I instantly go to movies like The Goonies, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Peter Pan! The swashbuckling adventures never fail to entertain me on the screen though, besides Peter Pan, I had yet to find something as magical and fun in the pages. Until now!
Right from the get-go I adored our daughter of the pirate king, Alosa. She is a badass pirate, and knows it. She is extremely methodical with every move she makes and is quite the problem-solver, which comes in handy on her newest mission- to be captured by pirates and to steal a treasure map for her father. Daughter of the Pirate King does not hold back on the violence, they are pirates after all, so you can expect some death and fighting. And it is filled with witty banter to lighten it up. The best banter is between Alosa and the first mate, Riden. She could dish out that banter like no other! Flirting and teasing one moment and knocking you over the head the next. They had this great push-pull ‘relationship’, a ‘will they or won’t they’ type. And I was absolutely rooting for the ‘will they’! The love I have for these sort of relationships! Nothing is easy and nothing is certain but they had so much chemistry and there were definitely some swoony moments between the two.
There are magical elements that come into play as well, and I can’t say I was surprised by them but nevertheless found them a welcomed addition that adds a whole new spin on the adventure that awaits us as the series continues. Why 4 stars instead of 5 then? While I appreciated the magical elements that came into play, I felt a couple scenes that used them didn’t grab me like I wished and fell flat. And then the novel sort of just ended, abruptly. Don’t get me wrong, I did feel like the first chapter of the adventure was coming to an end but the way it wrapped up seemed rushed. Nevertheless, I am thrilled to know a sequel is on the horizon! I cannot wait for more magic, sword-fighting, thieving, and that banter I adored so much! Anyone looking for an adventure should absolutely pick up this quick and exciting read!