Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+ (some mature love scenes and a bit of gore and violence)
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 thrilling YA pirate tale. – Amazon.com
Arghhhh ye mateys! Ye be comin’ to my blog to read ‘bout this book? Well, I’ll tell ya ye land-lubber all that I can ‘bout this here book. Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can talk about Daughter of the Pirate King. First of all this book did so well with the characters. I got to read about a brave girl named Alossa who is fiercely independent, strong, courageous, and quick witted. This character is so well written that the other supporting characters do little to help Alossa out. This is not to say that the other characters are poorly written however, as each had somewhat of a backstory and had a shining moment here and there. Each character, besides a few little background ones, were very well developed and written. The plot was very well paced and developed. The twists and turns weren’t too obvious and the build-up was fantastic. The book as a whole was very well-written and very easy to understand.
The only issues I had with the book was that there were a ton of characters, which could make it harder for some readers to keep everyone straight, and the book ended at a rather crucial point. While this can be an excellent trick to make your readers want more it’s also somewhat infuriating for them to have to wait for the next book to be released.
Verdict: Overall, I felt the book was amazing and an excellent first book for those who are just getting into the YA genre upon graduating from the middle grade genre. It’s a really good transitional book. The book is also very inspirational to young women as Alosa is the type of female character we all need to read about. Her personal strength and bravery are very admirable as are all of her other qualities, except maybe her inclination to be quick to anger. I recommend this book to any beginning YA reader, any YA reader, any adult, and any pirate lover!