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{REVIEW} Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (ARC)

by Tricia Levenseller

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: Feb 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 320 pages
Spoilers: N/A
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I received this free digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.



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 that 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 enemy ship. 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?


A Bit Repetitive
Because of the plot and the world in which this book took place, the story took on a bit of a repetitive nature, repeating the same few scenes over and over again with only minor changes. As a result, the book was a bit of a slow read. I was expecting more action and danger for a pirate book and was left a little disappointed.

I understand the need to offer foreshadowing for the reader to entice them and make them want to read more and what not, but this was a bit over done in this book. The foreshadowing was obvious, more than hinting at what was going to happen on later in the book. As such, it was a bit disappointing when just that happened later on in the book. That’s not to say all the book was predictable, but some of it was and it made the read less interesting that it could have been.

Female pirates. This pretty much sums up this book where the MC is a female pirate and her whole thing is ‘I’m better than any male pirate,’ which is executed time and time again. However, at some point, it becomes a little too much. It feels like overcompensation and ends up being just a little too unrealistic, especially with the author’s constant reminders of why the MC the way she is.

The book doesn’t end in an overly annoying cliff hanger, but it’s a cliff hanger nonetheless. It’s entire purpose is to draw you back into the next book. Unfortunately, that left me feeling less than sanctified with the current ending. I was expecting a bit more resolution than was given, which could have enhanced the story and taken away a bit of the repeated scenes earlier in the book.


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10 thoughts on “{REVIEW} Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (ARC)”

  1. Great review! I really do agree that it was quite predictable unfortunately. But after finishing it and seeing the entire story as a whole, I remember that while it was YA, it was definitely angled more towards the middle aged YA, since the story was simple and the romance was pretty much PG. Overall I am curious how the next book will go, probably won’t purchase it yet, but will borrow it from my library out of curiosity. Because as you said, while it wasn’t a massive cliffhanger, I still am curious.

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    1. I have to say I’m a bit curious about what will happen in the sequel, but… I likely will never get to it because there are plenty of other books I’d rather spend time reading. I just… don’t want to sit through more repetition and overcompensation. I worry that will still be heavy in book 2.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Glad you liked my review! 😀

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  2. I’m kinda glad you didn’t love this one bc I had a choice of a new release and everyone recommended this for me, but I was like, “Erm, no.” So I ordered Wintersong. At least I hope I love it.
    I will give this one a shot, but there are a lot more ahead of it now.

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    1. Bahahaahaha! If it came down to Daughter of a Pirate King and Wintersong, I’d pick Pirate King. :p But I know a lot of people who loved Wintersong. (I think it was just too abstract for me. :/ But we’ll talk more about it when you finish. nod nod)

      P.s. I think we read a lot of the same books. So, whenever you finish reading a book, hit me up and we can chat! I’d love to chat about some ARCs with people. 😀


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