Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King

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...

Title:Daughter of the Pirate King
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ISBN:1250095964
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Daughter of the Pirate King Reviews

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Feb 10, 2016

    OMG so good!!! I love this book <3 Honestly it is probably one of my favorite books this year! As I had mentioned before, I am no fan of the cover. So I ended up just reading getting the ePUB, but man I adore this book so much I might buy a hard copy despite my dislike for the cover.

    This book is a fast-paced, fun, action-packed pirate adventure, filled with manipulation, cunning, thievery, romance, humor and a great helping of

    OMG so good!!! I love this book <3 Honestly it is probably one of my favorite books this year! As I had mentioned before, I am no fan of the cover. So I ended up just reading getting the ePUB, but man I adore this book so much I might buy a hard copy despite my dislike for the cover.

    This book is a fast-paced, fun, action-packed pirate adventure, filled with manipulation, cunning, thievery, romance, humor and a great helping of wit.

    The story follows Alosa's adventures as she tries to find a missing piece of a map, for her father, that is said to lead to the greatest treasure ever known to man. But there are certainly many obstacles in her way. Nothing is as simple as it seems, not even Alosa herself. There plenty of fun twists to keep to guessing, and while this book does end on a high note, there is certainly more mischief and trials to be had. And I have no doubt we will get plenty of those in the next book.

    Alosa is not your typical YA heroine. She is cunning, witty, ruthless, strong-willed, beautiful, manipulative young pirate who kicks ass and takes names. Daughter of the infamous Pirate King, she certainly did not have a usual upbringing. A life of endless training and punishment has toughened her up, and there are few things Alosa can't handle. It seems wherever she goes, she leaves a trail of dead bodies in her wake. Be warned if you're looking for a heroine with your typical sense of morality, look elsewhere.

    Riden is a smart, witty, clever, brave, handsome, loyal young pirate with a killer shot. He serves as Alosa's interrogator, protector, and potential love interest. His growing feelings for Alosa are often in direct conflict with his fierce loyalty to Draxen, his older brother - and Alosa's captor. Unlike most pirates, Riden seems to live by some sort of code. In contrast to his brother Draxen, there are lines Riden will not cross. He is not quick to violence, instead relying on his ability to read his enemies through conversation and observation. A skill he often uses to better understand Alosa, and figure out just what it is she is hiding.

    It is such an amazing start to what is bound to be a fabulous series.

    To sum this up simply, hats off to the author because this book is everything I love about pirates

    Honestly, I need the second book in my hands this very instant!

    *More detailed review to come! (Obviously ;D)*

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jun 24, 2017

    2.5 stars. Ok most of my friends loved this book, but for some reason I was mostly irritated the whole way through. I loved the

    of the book... there's really not much that could disappoint me about female pirates + a cocky first mate.

    But I wasn't that into Alosa's narration. I didn't need to hear

    so much about her entire thought process for everything and found the tone to be super young (even though the almost-parody aspect of it was fun)

    2.5 stars. Ok most of my friends loved this book, but for some reason I was mostly irritated the whole way through. I loved the

    of the book... there's really not much that could disappoint me about female pirates + a cocky first mate.

    But I wasn't that into Alosa's narration. I didn't need to hear

    so much about her entire thought process for everything and found the tone to be super young (even though the almost-parody aspect of it was fun). Too many little parts just annoyed me. And the romance had potential but started WAY too early to be even remotely interesting.

    But the basic idea of princesses + pirates is still awesome. I think those who are looking for younger-sounding YA books might enjoy this more than I did!

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Apr 28, 2017

    Ugh this is frustrating because the story/tension and all that was so fun. But it reads like a very young version of YA, almost middle grade at sometimes- and I feel like the author is WAY too much in Alosa's head. We literally see every single thought that passes through her head and its exhausting. Not to mention she is VERY full of herself.

    Not a bad read though, still entertaining, and the last half was awesome.

    Full review to come..

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  • Lola  Reviewer
    Dec 23, 2016

    3.5 stars.

    Pirates are definitely not popular in YA literature.

    But they should be! At least a little more. Because pirates are so interesting. Also practically extinct in real life, which makes them all the more fascinating in books.

    Alosa is not just any pirate. She is the daughter of the pirate king, as the title very clearly states. But more than that, she has a certain special ability that makes her almost unbeatable.

    She’s on a mission for her father. Will she find the map she so fervently see

    3.5 stars.

    Pirates are definitely not popular in YA literature.

    But they should be! At least a little more. Because pirates are so interesting. Also practically extinct in real life, which makes them all the more fascinating in books.

    Alosa is not just any pirate. She is the daughter of the pirate king, as the title very clearly states. But more than that, she has a certain special ability that makes her almost unbeatable.

    She’s on a mission for her father. Will she find the map she so fervently seeks? Will orchestrating her own kidnapping get her anywhere? Will Riden or Draxen discover her true nature?

    The tone of this story is not so serious. It’s like it’s parodying its own story. Alosa is so sure of herself, so skilled and so cunning that you feel her high amount of confidence in every sentence.

    I personally liked her. She’s entertaining. Almost like a female version of Captain Jack Sparrow, except a little more down to earth than he is – and arguably deadlier!

    The story starts in quite an intriguing way. Alosa’s kidnapping engaged my interest at the speed of light. I found myself enjoying her intrepid nature and indifference at putting herself in danger’s way.

    It’s when the romance started appearing that my interest waned. Not much, but enough not to be able to give this a full four-star-rating. I personally think the romance is too prominent. If only it played less of a grand role. If only Alosa hadn’t fallen for *him* so fast and so deeply.

    The writing is fantastic, though. And so is the pacing. Things are moving fast for sure. No need to slow them down either, since time is a factor here. Alosa can’t remain prisoner for ever. She has to report to her father soon.

    I absolutely think this makes for an enjoyable read to be read in an afternoon. Again, kind author, why the mountainous amount of romance? I’m not even sure I’m exaggerating here. But anyway, pirates kick ass. Can’t help but love ’em. Aye. Aye.

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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 30, 2017

    I found myself with a little extra time on my hands last week, so I decided to throw aside all of my review copies and pick up this little beauty from the library. It is rare that I get a chance to read books on hold anymore, and ESPECIALLY rare that I can pick up a library book and read it that same day! I was just looking for something entertaining, a great escape that could take me away for a bit into somewhere else, and this was the perfect read for such an occasion. I can't express how exci

    I found myself with a little extra time on my hands last week, so I decided to throw aside all of my review copies and pick up this little beauty from the library. It is rare that I get a chance to read books on hold anymore, and ESPECIALLY rare that I can pick up a library book and read it that same day! I was just looking for something entertaining, a great escape that could take me away for a bit into somewhere else, and this was the perfect read for such an occasion. I can't express how excited I was to find such a fun read; I love how unassuming the cover is. I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, and while the plot is completely different, it gave me that same dreamy feel I found when I first read

    last August.

    The front cover boasts how Alosa is "a female Jack Sparrow", and I would emphatically agree with that statement, aside from the fact she is always sober and much more cunningly brilliant than he. This has a strong

    feel as well, but it was a little more focused on the romance aspect as you would expect from a YA fantasy. Speaking of, I was pleasantly surprised at how age appropriate this book is. It does have some violence but the romantic aspect was quite tame without losing any of the excitement. While I love some of the more mature YA books as much as the next reader, I feel like there is a giant mislabeling of these novels today since publishers are wanting to market certain books to a larger audience in an effort to increase overall sales; never mind that books written for readers in their late teens/early twenties are being marketed toward kids who are as young as twelve. All ranting aside, my point is how grateful I am that some authors are choosing to write books for that awkward age instead of pushing these young kids to grow up too fast.

    While it was predictable at times, I loved all the various twists and turns included that were used to set up the sequel coming in 2018. This was a book that's enjoyment isn't contingent on the ability to surprise you; even if you are able to guess each and every plot point before it comes, the adventure, witty dialogue, and budding romance between Riden and Alosa are enough to make this a 5 star read on it's own. I'm so happy to have found a new author to add to my "must read" list and cannot wait to see where she decides to take us on our next adventure with Alosa and her father, who happens to be The Pirate King. I totally pictured these people speaking with a scottish accent throughout the book; I highly recommend you do the same, although I'm not entirely sure why. I was able to read the entire book in less than 24 hours; yes, its a fairly short read but it was just that good. Highly recommended and the perfect book to get you all hyped up for the new Pirates movie coming this May!

  • Alyssa
    Jan 07, 2017

    Fun. Entertaining. Empowering. Cute. I looking forward to reading book two.

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    Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

    Book One of the Daughter of the Pirate King series

    Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

    Publication Date: February 28, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

    Sent on a mission to

    Fun. Entertaining. Empowering. Cute. I looking forward to reading book two.

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    Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

    Book One of the Daughter of the Pirate King series

    Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

    Publication Date: February 28, 2017

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

    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.

    Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

    What I Liked:

    This was a really fun and entertaining read - exactly what I would hope for, from a story with pirates. Anytime you drop the word "pirate" in the title or synopsis, I'm going to except swashbuckling adventure, clever scheming, and a good dose of sneak thievery. I was not disappointed by this book!

    Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king Kalligan. She's his only child (the only one he's claimed), which makes her very valuable. What people don't know is that she isn't a spoiled and pampered pirate princess - she is a cunning and dangerous pirate. When her father sends her on a mission to retrieve a part of a map, Alosa's plan is get captured willingly by a young pirate lord and search their ship for the piece of the map that the former pirate lord of that ship had. The captain, Draxen, is every bit as cruel and ruthless as his father was. But Alosa doesn't expect to be distracted by the captain's first mate and younger brother, Riden. Finding the piece of the map isn't going to be the difficult part of the task - getting around Riden will be.

    From the start, this book set the tone of adventure and humor. Getting captured (willingly) might seem like gloom and doom, but Alosa is so entertaining. She is taken prisoner and her crew is freed. From the start, Alosa proves to be a handful. She is brazen and smart-mouthed, and she is feisty. She's spirited and unafraid to keep trying. She has a plan and she doesn't let obstacles get in her way of finding the map.

    Much of the first half of the book is about Alosa's search for the map without getting caught. She is placed in the brig, but she cleverly lets herself out of the prison at night to search the ship. But she is caught several times by Riden, the first mate. He is very suspicious of her, but he finds her entertaining and hot-tempered. Between him and the captain, he is more merciful, but he makes it very difficult for her to search the ship at will.

    I adored Alosa! She is so spirited and she is a fighter. She has been hardened by her father's tutelage, and she proves herself to be a capable and clever pirate, over and over. She's a fierce and wonderful heroine, and she relies on no one to save her but herself. This book has a light and fun current to it, but it's also incredibly empowering and feminist in a subtle way.

    I also really liked Riden. We can see that Draxen, his older brother and captain of the ship that, is greedy and ruthless pirate. But Riden is much more merciful and wicked, with a conscious and a clever brain. He is very observant and learns a lot about Alosa by watching her and observing her. I like how he understands and reads her so well, even after only weeks of knowing her.

    Initially I thought the romance would be weird, because how on earth would Alosa fall for a pirate that took part of her capture. But Alosa and Riden sort of become friends. Almost every time she let herself out of the brig, he catches her, which leads to some sort of hilarious back-and-forth banter. He visits her in the brig and talks to her - the purpose being to extract information about the pirate king from her - but they each learn a lot about each other. And there is a lot of banter and bicker, especially on Alosa's part. As the story goes on, it's clear that at least in terms of their relationship, it's less of prisoner-captor, and something else. Riden begins to help Alosa, both directly and indirectly.

    It was adorable, watching them fall for each other. The chemistry between them is suuuuuuper swoony, fan-yourself-worthy, and tangible. Every time the scene included the two of them, I started to expect two things: banter, and serious tension. I was almost never disappointed, especially as the story went on. Whew!

    But I liked that the author didn't develop the romance too quickly. Neither character is at the "I-love-you" stage. Both have pretty strong feelings for each other, and there are a few makeout scenes, but their relationship doesn't progress too quickly and it doesn't get too heavy. Yet? There is another book to follow this one.

    There are several twists and turns to the story! You think it's just about Alosa finding a map piece for her father? Nope! I can't say more because of spoilers, but we learn key things about Alosa, and another pirate lord, and Riden and Draxen, as the story progresses.

    The ending is pretty good, in terms of how it wraps up. There isn't a cliffhanger, but it is clear that the story must (should) continue. I think this is a two-book series, which sounds good to me! I love the duology trend in YA publishing these days.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I don't have any specific dislikes, though I suppose I would have loved for this story to keep going! The end was a little bit abrupt. Hopefully book two picks up exactly where book one finishes.

    Would I Recommend It:

    I'd recommend this book! It's not an omg-new-favorite, but it's really enjoyable and definitely not disappointing. I wanted a fun, entertaining pirate-based story and I got exactly that (and a little more). I really liked the strong female protagonist and the clever and charming male protagonist, and the story was very entertaining. If you're looking for a captivating adventure on the sea, look no further!

    Rating:

    4 stars. I am looking forward to reading the second book! I'm hoping for more "pirate stuff", especially concerning Alosa's father, more swoon (kissing! more kissing!), and more sticky situations for Alosa to clever wriggle out of. Levenseller is an author whose books I will be keeping an eye out for in the future!

  • Emily May
    Apr 14, 2017

    3 1/2 stars.

    My few complaints are not really huge issues, but more "this could have been a lot better if..." However, it was a decent debut and I'll be looking out for the next in the series (quick warning: the title of the sequel is kind of a spoiler for part of this book).

    has a rathe

    3 1/2 stars.

    My few complaints are not really huge issues, but more "this could have been a lot better if..." However, it was a decent debut and I'll be looking out for the next in the series (quick warning: the title of the sequel is kind of a spoiler for part of this book).

    has a rather self-explanatory title. Alosa is the daughter of Kalligan, who rules over and terrorizes the seas. But Alosa herself is a tough, no-nonsense pirate captain who can more than hold her own. When her father sends her on a mission to find part of a map that will lead to a secret isle, Alosa must fake her own capture and pretend to be a prisoner as she hunts down the map piece on board a ship led by a ruthless young captain.

    The tone is often

    - even sometimes reminding me of the hilarious

    - but this doesn't stop Alosa from being a brutal badass. I like it when supposedly cruel pirates (assassins, sorcerers, etc.) are not sugar-coated to make the audience like them more - Alosa has no problem slitting a few throats and getting her hands dirty, but I liked her just fine.

    I think the author gets the balance just right with Alosa. She's really tough and takes shit from nobody, but it's totally okay because she's also really funny. I laughed out loud several times because she's almost TOO good; she has to make it seem like she's a reluctant prisoner by attempting to escape, but she is so good at escaping that she must also stage her own capture again. Also, how many times have I thought this during sappy romance scenes:

    That being said, I think the book needed some work in a couple of areas.

    Firstly, the supernatural elements seemed to

    . I got no sense for the first half of the book that anything fantastical was going to happen, and the sudden introduction of it without warning was really jarring. To be fair, I did like that the author considered

    And second,

    . Which is actually a shame because I did like both characters. The problem was the lack of build and tension. It wasn't quite instalove, but Alosa singles out the love interest immediately by acknowledging how hot and different from the rest of her captors he is. I could have liked their relationship a lot more if Alosa had stayed focused on her task and the attraction had occurred gradually and naturally through banter and sexual tension.

    But, oh well, these are small complaints.

    is an enjoyable start to this intriguing series.

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Jul 11, 2017

    This was in my March Owlcrate, I'm a bit late reading it.

    I loved this book. The pirate captain, Princess Alosa, was bad to the bone and I loved it!

    Alosa was taken by another pirate and his crew. Captain Draxen and his brother Riden thought they got lucky by capturing the pirate king's daughter. Ha, little did they know.

    ******SOME SPOILERS******

    Alosa was sent to this ship by her own father, to be taken as a prisoner. She is on a quest to find some maps. She has to pretend she's not as bad @sse

    This was in my March Owlcrate, I'm a bit late reading it.

    I loved this book. The pirate captain, Princess Alosa, was bad to the bone and I loved it!

    Alosa was taken by another pirate and his crew. Captain Draxen and his brother Riden thought they got lucky by capturing the pirate king's daughter. Ha, little did they know.

    ******SOME SPOILERS******

    Alosa was sent to this ship by her own father, to be taken as a prisoner. She is on a quest to find some maps. She has to pretend she's not as bad @ssed as she is. I mean she does put the beat down on some of the men and but she holds back all that she can do.

    I loved the banter between Alosa and Riden. He's yummy, nothing like a yummy pirate. His brother, Draxen was a jerk though.

    There is not a whole lot going on while on the ship so I can see why some people wouldn't like it, but I myself, thought it was great. Yeah, some stuff had me saying, "Lets get on with it." But, I digress.

    They get into it with some other jerks and we find out revelations! Everything is about REVELATIONS! I loved the revelation! One more time, REVELATION =)

    At any rate, I enjoyed the book and I will continue on with the series/duology/trilogy?

    Fin . . .

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