The Wicked Deep

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel and Friends on February 27, 2018
Pages: 352
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

The good:

We learned a lot more about sirens. We got to deeply explore the mind of a siren when Alosa started practicing her abilities with Riden’s help.

We learned more about the women and men in Alosa’s crew. There wasn’t a lot of details, and we didn’t learn about all of them, but we did get little tidbits on a few crew members, their backstories and what skill they possessed that caught Alosa’s eye.

The reality and acceptance of death. These are ruthless pirates. They may be a family on the ship, Ava-Lee, but there’s still plenty of villainous pirates in the pirate king’s crew who show no remorse or hesitance in cutting a person down. This book may have many lighthearted and funny moments, but it’s still about murderous pirates. Characters die even ones we care about.

The bad:

The story moved too damn fast! Months at sea consisted of a few pages. I wish Alosa’s journey to Isle of Canta had taken longer with more emphasis on crew life.

Riden and Alosa… facepalm. Will they or won’t they. Alosa spends this book, once again, questioning Riden’s motives. Why does he compliment her, why does he want to protect her, why does he stare at her like she’s the only girI in the world. I was so over Alosa’s angst after the first 100 pages of this book. I started not even caring if they would end up together which was super depressing, because their relationship sizzled in book one.

In conclusion:

I’m glad this series is a duology because the story played out as far as I think it could have gone. Book one was great and book two was “okay”. I look forward to any new books this author publishes in the future.

 

three-half-stars
The Wicked Deep

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller
on February 28th 2017
Pages: 320
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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.

 

Pirates aren’t really a big sell for me, but I figured what the hell, I might as well try this book out. I’m so glad I did! Daughter of the Pirate King was exhilarating, hilarious, and fun!

The characters – Alosa is quite frankly, amazing. She’s so funny, chaotic and resourceful, and has a big ego. Alosa’s clever and knows exactly how to push people’s buttons, and I loved when she pushed Riden’s, because he pushed right back. Riden is one of her sexy “captors” and I loved seeing the two of them snipe back-and-forth. The tension between these two pirates was electric. So lusty. There’s also a handful of secondary characters I enjoyed, like Kearnan, who I’m really interested in learning more about in the book(s) to come.

The setting – left something to be desired. The majority of the book takes place on the open sea, which obviously makes sense, because this book is about pirates, but I still would have liked more information about the sea’s location, the surrounding continents, islands, its’ people. Is it located in our world or another? I hope the author gives us more details in book two.

The pacing – was great! Daughter of the Pirate King is a quick, action-packed read that flows smoothly.

Overall, minus the lack of setting details, I really enjoyed this book. I’ve already ordered book two from my local library.

People are comparing Alosa to Jack Sparrow, which yes, I can understand why, because they’re both hilarious, reckless, and get themselves out of nearly-impossible binds. But they’re also very different. Jack is always doing random stuff and hoping for a good outcome, and Alosa is calculated and equipped with some… unique abilities that often tip the outcome in her favor.

 

four-half-stars
The Wicked Deep

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by Rachel Higginson

Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed #1) by Rachel HigginsonReckless Magic (Star-Crossed, #1) by Rachel Higginson
on March 14, 2011
Pages: 327
Goodreads
five-stars

16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she's unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran's life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.

We truly live in a wonderful age. With the convenience of modern technology, authors not only have a greater chance of getting their work read, but also expanding it’s reach. Lately I’ve come across so many wonderful, self-published “diamonds in the rough” through e-book stores. Reckless Magic is no exception. It is truly a captivating and insanely-addicting book that kicks off an, as I’m sure — amazing series. When you’re up to 3 am reading a book, you know you’ve hit the jack pot. There may be a few usual elements in Reckless Magic but the majority and the combination of these “elements” are unique and refreshing. I couldn’t devour the pages quick enough and now that I’m finished I can barely contain myself on “one-click” purchasing book two.

The story begins in a shadowed home presumably owned by a man named Amory. It appears that he has been in hiding for a while now. He feels another’s presence approaching and immediately thinks that “they” or “it” is coming to reprimand him like he expected them to many years sooner. However, the presence is actually a woman he closely knows named Angelica. Angelica has sought out Amory under extreme cirumstances for she is caring two bundles that turn about to be a set of twins, one girl and one boy. We don’t learn too much at this point, only that these twins are regarded as being extremely special. It appears that they have an important role to the play down the road and it order to guarantee they do, Angelica and Amory agree that they must be separated in order to be protected.

Fast forward about 16 years and we meet Eden Matthews. Eden is grudgingly making her way through a new private school named Kingsley where she has been forced to enroll due to getting kicked out of her last school (and a couple others). See, Eden has a problem. Things just sort of happen around her. She has an uncontrollable ability that causes various disasters to occur, mostly in school settings. These disasters range from swarms of attacking tropical bugs, massive flooding, or even crazy fires burning buildings to a crisp. Not only does she have to try and control an ability that she doesn’t understand, she also catches the eye of one of Kingsley’s other newest students, hot, snarky, and spoiled, Kiran Kendrick. Many urge her to keep her distance from Kiran but this proves to be quite difficult due to the fact that Kiran is deeply intriuged by Eden. It also doesn’t help that Eden feels a strange connection to Kiran making it very hard to stay away. Among trying to navigate her new school and keeping her feelings in check – throw in a tyrant king, rebels, shapeshifters, oracles, forbidden love and curses, and you’ve got one heck of a story!

Let’s talk about the characters a bit. Well for starters – they’re pretty awesome. I found them to be wonderfully described and well plotted out. Kiran is that overly spoiled, snarky boy who is also of course, gorgeous. He’s used to getting what he wants due to the fact that he’s treated like royalty. Then you have Eden. She’s very fierce, not in an aggressive way but in a “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect those I care about” way. She also doesn’t let people push her around which I really liked and respected. Although everyone is immediately enamored with Kiran’s charm, Eden immediately finds him to be overly pompous. Some of the best parts of this book are the sarcastic banter that goes on between these two. There’s also quite a selection of secondary characters that greatly enhanced the story. For instance, Amory’s character really opens up as the book progresses. It was great learning more about his past and how he also plays a crucial role in the story. He’s a such a warm, kind, and fatherly figure for Eden. I basically instantly liked him.

I was so close to giving this book 5 stars but I just couldn’t do it. I loved everything about this book except the pacing. It just bugged the heck out of me. Sometimes books start out really slow and then they hit a point where the action and suspense heats up and carries you through the rest of the story. That was not the case with Reckless Magic. Although I was interested in the beginning it took quite some time for me to really get hooked. I finally got to the “hooked” part, eagerly anticipating a thrilling ride, however I feel like this book was very hot-n-cold when it came to pacing. I’d get hooked, anxiously reading, and then the plot would simmer down. Up then down, up then down — is basically how I felt. I don’t need a highly action filled book but I felt like sometimes the less or non action-y scenes were pretty darn snoozable.

However I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were real and extremely likable. There was action, mystery, suspense, and sizzling romance enhanced by forbidden love. I urge anyone who loves paranormal books with the aforementioned elements to try out this book. It’s a fantastic read and a wonderful journey. With unique story lines and awesome plot twists you’ll constantly be left guessing. There’s already a couple other books out in this series and you can bet I’ll be reading them as soon as I can.

 

five-stars