Friday, November 10, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

Summary: 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.

My Review: Well! This was swashbuckling! Given that this book was YA Fic, I knew that it wasn’t going to be too much serious pirating and more along the lines of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series. I was right.
The story starts out awesome: “It should not be this difficult to stay prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.” I mean…right?! Super fun. I liked the main character, Alosa, and loved the idea of a female captain. Her back story is cool, too, and she has a secret that I won’t reveal here that makes for some fun depth to the story, both for Alosa and for her father, the pirate king. In addition—and this cannot be discounted—Alosa is a pretty awesome pirate. She fights well, knows her stuff, has a ship and crew of her own, and can definitely hold her own in all the piratey situations. I don’t want to say a lot about this, either, because I feel like in a lot of ways this was an introductory book. There was a story there, but much of the novel was spent discussing Alosa, her father the pirate king, and the other main players that I assume will be with us in subsequent books. I will let you discover those things on your own.
This book does not create its own realm of pirating, and indeed it is basically as if it were swiped right out of one of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. The characters were stereotypical of the ones we all know and love from the movies, including the villains, the heroes, the comic relief, and even the ships as characters. If you have seen any of those movies (and I assume if you’re reading this book you probably like pirates and therefore have seen all of the movies) the setting and characters will feel very familiar to you. There aren’t any blatant rip-offs of characters or storylines, but this story and its characters can easily exist in that world.
Now let’s talk story. I enjoyed the story, actually, and although I didn’t find the twists and turns it took to be too shocking or surprising, maybe a YA Fic audience would (although I don’t think so). It was entertaining, at least, though not completely original or shocking.
The writing of this book is standard YA Fic fare. I wasn’t blown away by its poetic prose or its profound truths, but it was a fun little read. It wasn’t the kind of book I couldn’t put down, and the end really didn’t surprise me at all, but it was innocuous and a fun edition to the realm of fantastical creatures that mill around in the YA Fic world. Why aren’t there more pirates there, anyway? There should be more pirates. Pirates are cool.
Overall, I found this to be a fun and quick little read. I’m not sure I’ll be rushing out to buy the sequel, but I can see that should I be missing my more swashbuckling adventures I may go ahead and take the plunge (see what I did there?) and read it. This is a fun book for those who love the “Pirates” movies and who wish that the adventure could just go on and on.

My Rating: 3 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is some piratey violence and some discussion of love, but I would say this is on the tamer side of YA paranormal romance. 

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