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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.


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
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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