Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Stand Alone or Series: 1st book in the Daughter of the Pirate King series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
“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.”
I got this book from NetGalley to review. I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. It’s a fun read that’s action packed and full of witty banter. I am usually not a huge fan of “pirate” books, but this one was engaging and had a great blend of action, adventure, mystery, and romance.
This book was just a ton of fun to read. Alosa is such a witty and snappy heroine that is super confident and has the skills to match the bluster. I enjoyed reading about her a ton.
The storyline is a mix of predictable and unpredictable elements. I loved the whole storyline about Alosa trying to steal a map to find a secret island of treasure. At first this seems straightforward, but as the story continues there are a lot of twists and turns and betrayals.
The romance between Alosa and the first mate on the enemy ship is a bit predictable; but it is also ends up being complicated and sweet. The witty dialogue throughout is what really makes this book shine; it’s just so much fun!
The story is fast-paced and full of action and adventure. The writing flows nicely and is easy to read. This was one of those books that I had a very hard time putting down; I just really needed to know how things wrapped up!
This is the first book in a series so….while the book stops at a good spot not everything is wrapped up neatly.
Overall this was an awesome book that totally surprised me with how much I loved it. I always love books that have a good balance between world-building, mystery, action, adventure, and romance. This book is perfectly balanced and well written; there is also a lot of humor which makes it super fun to read! I will definitely continue on with the series. I would recommend to YA fantasy fans who enjoy action and adventure with their romance.