Lady Pirates & Swoons Aboard: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Lady Pirates & Swoons Aboard: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)
by Tricia Levenseller
Release Date: February 28th 2017
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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Pirates don’t seem to be all that common in YA for some reason, and especially not ones featuring lady pirates, which is a real bummer if you ask me. I loved the idea of Daughter of the Pirate King and I picked it up while I was looking for an adventurous story with a badass lead. It certainly delivered on that front and I had a lot of fun reading the book.

I will say that the characters aren’t all that exceptional. In fact, I found them to be very cookie-cutter fantasy characters, but they are still engaging enough to make the book readable. The heroine, Alosa, was as fiery as her hair, with a sharp mouth and an equally ruthless personality. She’s not afraid to shed some blood and get into sword fights with men twice her size and I loved being inside her head. There were times when I did wish she would be a bit more careful and not jump into deadly situations, for her own safety, but the girl knew how to handle herself. I wasn’t sure what to make of Riden, the first mate of the pirate who kidnaps Alosa, but he charmed my pants off as the story progressed. It was hard to gauge his motivations and true feelings, but he slowly let those come to the surface as he got closer to Alosa. He was genuine, sweet and very loyal, but also not afraid to take the lead when it was important. The romance between Riden and Alosa will appeal to all those who enjoy good quippy banter between their love interests. I loved the scenes between these two, because they made me both laugh and swoon. They were quite the entertaining duo, especially with Alosa constantly trying to get a rise out of him.

The plot was everything that I thought it would be. I will say that I wish there was more of a sense of urgency to the story. Even when the characters were in extreme danger, I didn’t FEEL like they were truly about to lose their lives. I think that had to do with some pacing issues. I expected more twists and more villains to keep me flipping through the pages. Alosa is no ordinary pirate as you may have expected and there were some revelations made about her in Daughter of the Pirate King that had me intrigued, but I didn’t think they were as fleshed-out as they could have been. We’ll probably learn more in the sequel and I’m looking forward to it. Another thing I’m excited about for in the sequel to this book is Alosa’s predominantly female crew. They didn’t get much spotlight here since she is away from the due to being held captive by Riden’s brother, but the glimpses we got of them are promising.

All in all, Daughter of the Pirate King was a fun book, that’s worth the read if you’re looking for a straightforward pirate story with a dash of swoony romance and some action.

Have you read any YA books with pirates in them?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I haven’t read of a YA lady pirate but there are quite a few in historical romance… 🙂 and aren’t these lady pirates AWESOME?

    • Oh yeah HR is full of them!

  • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle

    This was basically the pirate book I’ve always wanted to read- I loved all of the adventure and the swoons! I thought the one revelation was interesting, I didn’t expect it and didn’t know what to think at first but I thought it worked! Hoping we get more answers about lots of things in the sequel 🙂

    • I’m glad you liked it, Morgan. I’m very excited for the sequel and I have a feeling it will be better!

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    This is one of my anticipated debuts of the year and I am excited that you liked it. Again another one that doesn’t have a publisher here in Australia – frustrating at times. Thanks for the review

    • I hope you’re able to get a copy soon, Angel! Fingers crossed for an Aussie pub!

  • Lady pirates?? Sounds like something I never knew I wanted in a book!! Plus I love that there is romance because I kind of need that in a book. Great review!

    • Right? I knew I needed it when I read that summary. I can see you really liking this one, Grace!

  • I’ve been curious about this one! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Alosa sounds like a lot of fun. I read The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King many many years ago and LOVED it. It has a fiery pirate lady too.

    • Ooh I’m going to add that to my TBR. Thank you!

  • I read a reveiw for this yesterday and it sounds so good. I love the idea of female pirates. Sounds like fun. I am going to see if I can get a copy.

    • I hope you can snag one, Heidi!

  • Not sure I seen much pirates in YA ones, I am curious about this one – despite it sounding a bit cookie cutter, it sounds fun

    • They are very rare!

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh nice! I admit, I’ve pretty much loved pirates since 2003! Lol! I’m sure you can guess as to why! 😉 Though I don’t think I’ve yet to read a good pirate book! The few that might have popped up never intrigued me enough. Besides the ones about Captain Hook that is! LOL! But this one definitely sounds intriguing! And I think I might have to give it a try at some point! Nice review!

    • If you like pirates definitely give it a try. Thank you! 🙂

  • Woot pirates 😉

  • I don’t recall ever reading a book about pirates (does Blackheart count?) Anways, this sounds like a cute story. Ever since I saw the cover, I thought it was directed to the middle grade crowd. I’m glad you enjoyed it though 🙂
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • I guess? LOL though there was hardly any pirating in that one. Yeah I can see how that cover seems more MG but it’s not. There are some sexy scenes!

  • Sometimes cookie cutter characters and plots are fine with me, so long as my expectations aren’t dashed! Every now and then I just want a good, kinda average read — and if it has lady pirates in it, then that’s even better. You’re definitely right Nick: there aren’t enough lady pirates out there!

    • Yes, exactly. If they are well-written, I just don’t mind.

  • Yay! I just finished this about 2 hours ago haha, and I would have to agree with everything. Although this was a really fun read, and exactly what I needed to keep me out of a reading slump, it’s a bit forgettable. Like a bunch of things felt really predictable, but a good kind of predictable I guess in that I wanted to read such a plot. Lady pirates definitely made the book though. I hope the feature more in the sequel!

    • I’m glad you had fun with it, Val. It was definitely quite forgettable, but it was fun while it lasted. I really can’t wait to see more of the lady pirates!

  • I have not yet read any YA books with pirates in them but hopefully this will be my first! Great review! <3

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    • Thanks, Anisha. I hope you like it!

  • oh I am glad that you enjoyed this one. I have never heard of YA having lady pirates. I do love lady pirates though.

    • Yeah, it’s very rare.

  • I’d seen this one about it sounds interesting. It may not be totally groundbreaking and the characters may not be totally original but it sounds fun. There really aren’t enough female pirates in YA books, I can only think of one off of the top of my head and that’s in The Pirate Curse (I think that’s what it’s called anyway). Pirate’s are cool anyway so there should be more in YA.

    • I think it’s definitely worth a try! Ooh The Assassin’s Curse! I liked those books. I wonder what happened to that author.

      • That’s the one, I actually just Googled her (because now I’m wondering why I’ve read nothing else by her) turns out she has a few books out and I just never bothered to look into anything else she’s written. I’m going to have to investigate now.

  • I agree with this review Nick! The characters weren’t THAT new to the YA scope, but they were still enjoyable to read about, if ya know what I mean. And the odd pacing also didn’t really get me interested in the stakes raised. Like, I enjoyed it to a very light extent – it’s not something that I would FANGIRLLL over. Awesome review!

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    • Yeah, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as I have a good entertaining story, I’m good. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂