Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Feiwel and Friends (2.28.2017)
Hardcover, 320 pages
Source: I own it
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.
It took me two tries to get into this book. My first attempt I DNFed it within 25-30 pages, because the way Alosa regarded men grated on my nerves. The second time, I went in with low expectations and an open mind, promising myself to take it at face value and not look at it too closely.
Honestly, the first half of this book is absolutely ridiculous. It was a constant back and forth of Alosa escaping and getting thrown back into her cell. And it made the pirates holding her captive seem ignorant and incapable because even though she escaped they kept letting her escape?? What even?? She was constantly “outsmarting” them (eye roll) because apparently all men are just that stupid. View Spoiler »I felt slightly better when they finally said they knew she was up to something all along and got captured on purpose, and were just letting her find the map because they didn’t actually know where it was either. Whew. « Hide Spoiler
Alosa annoyed the shit out of me for most of the book because she was just so. damn. cocky. And not in the endearing way. I’m talking cocky in the if-you-were-a-real-person-I’d-love-to-punch-you-in-the-face way. She seems to think she’s better than everyone else and can escape from anything and outsmart anyone. She’s portrayed as badass, but to the point where it makes her unrelatable because she’s practically invincible. She did get better as the story went on and she started caring about Riden.
It got a lot better in the second half. Once the redundancy of escape from jail, go back in jail is over, it’s actually kind of fun! I loved the adventurous swashbuckling feel it had, and okay, I kind of loved Riden too because when she gave him shit he gave it right back. If you take it for what it is – a fun, fluffy book with no real depth – it’s easy to enjoy. I’m not overly excited for the second book, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up!
Writing style: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5