{ Review } Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”

Read in September 2018

My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Spoilers below

In Daughter of the Pirate King, we follow seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa, who is, well, the daughter of the Pirate King named Kalligan. Kalligan is feared by his peers, he greedily plunders and terrorizes the seas. She is sent by her father on a mission to retrieve an ancient map that is supposed to lead to a secret island on which is the world greatest treasure, and in order to do so, she has to stage her own kidnapping by her enemies. She has to pretend to be a prisoner and more or less obediently answering the questioning so that during the night she could search the ship unnoticed hunting for the map.

The premise of that short synopsis sound so appealing, and knowing my fondness for everything sea-related, I had to grab this book as soon as I could. But here began all the problems I had with Daughter of the Pirate King. So you have to know that the said enemy ship is led by a ruthless young captain, who directs a ruthless pirate crew, but also the first mate and brother to the captain happens to be handsome. And that’s it, as soon as Alosa sees Riden, this book stops making sense.

“Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.”

This book is advertised as an enemies-to-lovers trope but honestly, it’s one of the worst insta-love cases I’ve ever seen and it came literally out of nowhere. All the characters were so one-dimensional that I didn’t feel invested in any of them and, because there wasn’t any chemistry whatsoever between Alosa and Rider, the love story actually made me cringe every single time they were in the same room. In fact, the second Alosa met Riden, she stopped trying to actively find the map and started to stare lustily for most of the book. *yawn*

Other than that, Alosa is one of the most obnoxious and boaster character ever. She was so busy telling-not-showing; she kept complimenting herself over and over again, over her amazing abilities, her fighting skills and her unpaired cleverness despite the fact that she didn’t accomplish anything in this book. She was thinking a lot about many plans but never going through with any them. Overall the pacing was so slow it made my reading experience excruciatingly boring.

“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”

In my opinion, without the pirate theme, this book has nothing worth being interested in. The plot felt blurry, the story was cliché and the only part I liked was when Alosa decided to throw fake escape attempts to avoid raising suspicions. But even that part was ruined because ho-so-smart Riden was the only one clever enough to notice that Alosa was up to something. Now I know I’m a minority here because most of the people I know actually loved this book, so if you’re interested you still can give it a try and I really hope we’ll disagree on that one.


Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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