Kayla’s Review of “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller

About Kayla’s Review of “Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller on The Book Brontosaurus

“I’ve always enjoyed Pirate-y content. When I was a younger reader, I really enjoyed the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer and this, while being a YA book, sounded like a more grown-up version. It gave me nostalgic vibes and I was really looking forward to reading it.” – Kayla

Book Cover for "Daughter of the Pirate King" for Our Review on The Book Brontosaurus

Book Information:

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Page Count: 320
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

“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.

In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a gripping tale on the high seas.”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

5 Tree Star Rating
5 Tree Stars. Uh-huh. Yup. I said it.
This book is responsible for getting me out of a reading slump. The story was great and the characters were multi-dimensional, and I loved everything about it.

Book Review for “Daughter of the Pirate King”

Readability: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars

If I’m being completely honest, I was sucked in really early on with this book. I loved the writing style and I didn’t want to put it down even after the first chapter. The book’s description sets the beginning of this book up really well. I thought this was a fantastic start that gave me everything I needed to know and allowed me to pretty much immediately fall in love with some of the characters.  

I read this book in two sittings, only because it was late at night and I worked the next day. And I already want to read it again. [Update: I read it again before I posted this review :D]

Plot: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars

Whoa. Whoaaaaa. This book was really well rounded and that’s something that I enjoy. The wit and sass was smart and it was funny while also having a good pace, plenty of flirting, and a great adventure. It wasn’t too much of any one thing and I loved that about it. 

While some important parts of the story occur before the start of the book, we get to know the ins and outs of Alosa while still staying present. That’s something I really liked about the writing style. Also, the flow of the story made it so that well placed nods to the past gave us everything we needed to know.

There were a few surprises in this one and I loved how all of the pieces came together at the end. I’m so looking forward to the sequel for a continuation of Alosa’s story.

Characters: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars

“…even when playing a part, pieces of a person’s true self can sneak through the cracks.”

“Daughter of the Pirate King”, Tricia Levenseller

Alosa has an interesting personality. She is a pirate captain, but it seems that while her station may be due to her father being the pirate king, she works three times as hard to make sure everyone knows she’s earned her title rather than it having been handed to her by circumstance. She’s smart and calculating and even at 17 she’s ready to take on the world and I absolutely love that. Much of the story takes place through internal monologue. 

“And while I can kill evil men without guilt, the suffering of others pains me as well as it does them.”

“Daughter of the Pirate King”, Tricia Levenseller

At first judgment, the characters seem a little out of reach. How could we possibly relate our lives to those of pirates? I think it’s all about the emotions and motivations. While it is told through Alosa’s point of view, I thought we gained decent insight into the other character’s pasts and motivations. And to boot, the romantic tension is absolutely something you can write home about. The chemistry between Alosa and Riden is ridiculous.

Wow Factor: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars

“‘…if you are saying you’re sorry, I don’t think you understand what that entails.’”

“Daughter of the Pirate King”, Tricia Levenseller

This book was filled with emotion as well as action and was topped off with a lot of flirtation which was the perfect cherry on top. I read it really quickly and immediately wanted to read it again. It had everything: relatable and complex characters, a great plot, and fun dialogue. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Final Thoughts

This book absolutely, positively, earned its 5 Tree Stars. I would definitely read it again and I’d recommend it to a lot of people. This book gave me serious “Throne of Glass” vibes, paired with a little bit of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and who wouldn’t enjoy that?

I haven’t fallen in love with a book like I did with this one in a very long time. I finished it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. I’m going to try and read the second one very soon. Prior to purchasing and reading this book, I bought a copy of “The Shadows Between Us” and I’ve fallen in love with Levenseller’s writing style so I’m looking forward to tackling that one this year too.

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