Daughter of the Pirate King
Daughter of the Siren Queen
by Tricia Levenseller
Released: February 28th 2017 | February 27th 2018
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Pages: 420 pages || 352 pages
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BOOK SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS
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.
WHAT I LOVED.
I loved these books so much I couldn’t stop reading long enough to write a review for the first one so I’LL JUST REVIEW THEM AS A SERIES. Why do I have SO LITTLE lady pirate YA books?! Not just YA books, why is there so few lady pirates in ANYTHING?! WHERE IS MY LADY PIRATE HBO SERIES?! What is going on here? We should be stuffed to the brims with Lady Pirates and YET??? Here I am, grasping onto this like a floating door in the middle of the arctic ocean!
Do y’all remember Cutthroat Island? The movie that was ALSO about three pieces of a map that lead to a buttload of treasure? It uh…did NOT do well at the box office. It’s one of the biggest flops of all time…is Cutthroat Island the reason they won’t give us more lady pirates?! Don’t get me started on that hypocrisy, those PUNKS.
ANYWAY. I am a sucker for arrogant, competent, kick-ass ladies who roll their eyes and easily snap the bones of weaker men. Also ladies that LIKE NICE THINGS?! I’m not saying that all female leads need to be girly girls and such but like…in a genre where a lot of them are all “I’m not like other girls, I don’t care about my looks” it’s nice to have characters like Alosa and (Aelin Galathynius from TOG) who LIKE their dresses and still fuck shit up.
Plus Alosa has her own all female crew, you don’t see them much in the first book but they are all up in the second one and it’s so satisfying to see Alosa surrounded by her babes, all of them kicking ass and supporting each other. It’s the Pirate Girl Gang I never knew I needed! I especially love how how much Alosa goes to bat for her crew, she believes in her girls and won’t stand for anyone’s ignorance against them.
This was just a nonstop action adventure fun times! I actually got ten minutes in, looked straight into the corner of my room like I’m on The Office and went “I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN!” Nobody responded obviously because no one was here, that’s fine. I have books. I don’t need people. WE’RE FINE.
WHAT WAS MEH
I hate that this is being touted as a “Female Jack Sparrow”, for multiple reasons but mainly because Johnny Depp is a trash human and I will protect everything I love from his bloated carcass body.
There were also some moments where Alosa was constantly saying how brilliant she was, but she wasn’t actually doing the clever thing. That didn’t bother me as much as it would in other books though, it seemed like maybe it could be part of the character. This girl that needs to constantly be the best, because of the trauma she went through to get there, that she needs to convince herself of her skills.
Oh. Myyyyyyy. OOOoooOOh. MYYYYYY. LET’S TALK ABOUT RIDEN? Who, I think we can all agree, is like a Ben Barnes/Prince Caspian type snack?
Woof. I’m not sure I’m gonna get over this. It’s that lovely Hate-to-Love relationship that I am absolute trash for, and two sassy characters trying to outsmart each other as they fall in love and that shit is my JAM! ALSO Riden is…interesting. His character is a bit more passive than you usually see in a romantic lead. He’s a bit too honorable to be a pirate but not strong enough to go up against his brother. And then the angsty tension between Riden and Alosa only gets more delectable in the second one and they are mY FAVORITE AND I LUFF THEM.
Highlight to read this section.
SO, I wish they hadn’t really named the second one Daughter of the Siren Queen because then when I read the first one it wasn’t a REVEAL that Alosa was a Siren, because I already knew it. I don’t really have any spoilery things to say actually, other than like. OKAY so in the second one when Riden is just in love with Alosa and stays on the boat for her, and is the only thing tethering her to being human because she they are in LOVE, AND THEY ARE STILL AS FIERCE AND SASSY WITH EACH OTHER AS EVER. I JUST. WANT TO YELL ABOUT IT BECAUSE I LOVE THEM.
Oh also…I guess everything ends kind of quickly? Especially the last showdown with her Father.
WORTH THE READ?
ABSOLUTELY! READ THE THING. THEN COME BACK HERE. WE WILL YELL ABOUT IT.
Here is another gif of Ben Barnes. Just cus.