Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

17332631_760453877443532_1521077034544005120_nDaughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

In all of the 1000+ books I’ve read, I literally have a favorites shelf of less than 40 books on Goodreads. Maybe it’s because I’m a book hipster, maybe it’s because for so many years I was on writing websites specifically looking for things wrong in books, maybe I’m book pretentious, or maybe it’s just because I’m super picky. Either way, getting a new favorite book is a challenge for me, and somehow in the past two weeks, I managed to get two – this book being the favorite and the catalyst for a massive book hangover. I JUST WANT BOOK 2 NOW. My heart will be as sad an empty treasure chest until then.

Once Upon a Time…

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.

Truthfully, I didn’t remember too much about this book before going into it. I knew there was a Lady Captain Jack Sparrow and that was about it. I think that was actually a really cool way to do it – to go in blindly because there was a nice element of suprise at the end of the first few chapters that had me even more excited.

Ugh, I don’t know even where to begin with this review. I just loved so much of this novel. And there really is so much to love. This book is packed with stuff – swoony romance, fierce ladies, epic characters, intrigue, mysterious and in-depth plots, twists and turns and more twists and even more turns, and magic – book, actual, and chemistry magic. Sounds too good to be true? I kept thinking so, but Levenseller surprised me at every turn and I just kept sitting here going, “BUT IT’S SO GOOD.”

Alosa is such a fierce main character. I did have one slight problem and I’m not even sure it was a problem as more of a…distraction. With the ted curly hair on the cover, I litearlly kept picturing Alosa as Merida and then I kept calling Alosa Merida  because I was picturing Merida and then I so realized it wasn’t just the fact that they both had the curly red hair but they were both epicly, strong ladies. There is so much girl power in this novel that it’s just amazing. From all the strong lady pirates to the fact that Alosa can take on any man, it’s a really empowering aspect to the novel, and I loved just how strong she was. I couldn’t stop rooting for her, and she had so much depth that you can’t help it.

The plot was captivating as well. You weren’t ever stalling in the novel, and I’m pretty sure I binge read this in a night, because I couldn’t stop wondering what was going to happen next and as I mentioned, there was a lotttt of twists that after a few pages, I would be :O faced and have to keep reading because I simply couldn’t leave it like that. Near the second half it got even crazier and there was a nice little turn that I hadn’t realized would be coming and I definitely enjoyed it although I might have saw it coming a bit…not because I got super tense at another part and totally glanced ahead. I have struggles. D:

And the romanceeeeeeee. Krysti over @ YA and Wine warned me that there would be some insanely swoony parts, and there wasssss. Riden and Alosa were amazing together. The chemistry was insane, and I couldn’t decide if I wanted more of their scenes or more of the epic plot. XD It was a hard tossup, but all I knew is that I shipped this ship so bad…and I mean , they’re pretty good at navigating ships so I figured they would probably be epic at this well, but I didn’t quite understand how well they would be at.

This was just a mess of fangirling, but gals and guys, this book was amazing. It has everything I ever wanted in this book and more. This book has earned a permanent spot in my favorites shelf, and it has seriously convinced me that there needs to be more lady pirate books out in the world. It’s kind of fitting I did this review today on St. Patrick’s Day because one of the most famous lady pirates out there was an Irish woman by the name of Grace O’Malley who was as epic as Alosa – okay, fine, it’s totally why I did this review today. ANYWAY, to sum up my review: just go out and buy this book and then read it and then fall in love Because I did. And also, Disney, if you’re out there, pirate princesses need to be a thing – fast.

5 crowns and we have a serious princess train going on today – Aurora for it becoming an instant classic, Merida because…well, see above, Mulan for being a fierce warrior lady pirate and main character, Rapunzel for the feels, and if I had ever gotten my butt together and created the Moana head picture(because when you’re so epic that you need a princess train going), she would be here, too.


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What do you think? Have you read it – if so, can we please fangirl so hard together?? Did you manage to make it through my entire fangirling mess – I didn’t realize I made it so long? How do you pick your favorites? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

60 thoughts on “Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

    1. I didn’t realize just how epic pirates until I read this book, and I feel so ashamed of myself that I didn’t realize sooner, lol. It really is a fantastic addition to the pirate story, though! 🙂


  1. I’m so excited to read this! I knew it was coming in this month’s Owl Crate so I didn’t order it for myself, but it’s been a test of my patience. I’ve only heard great things about this book so far.

    My Owl Crate is supposed to be here today so I’m digging into it this weekend finally!

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    1. Lol, well YAYY for fanning the flame but sorry to making the excitement too much. XD That’s the only bad thing sometimes when you can’t get the book and now you’re extra excited. But I can’t wait to see your thoughts when you do get it, Birdie, because it’s amazingggggg.


  2. AHHHHHHHHHHH I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS! It sounds like so much fun and very swoony! *faints* I have so many new releases to catch up on and this one is definitely at the top of my list! EEEppp Lovely review Mandy! This book must be really special if it gets a train of princesses rating!

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      1. Haha. Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought it was, because she said at an event we went to that it was kind of spoilery, so that made the most sense.

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      2. Hahaha! I still have so many books to read in 2017! But I seriously CANNOT wait for the second book in that series. It’s definitely one of my favorites!

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  3. Great review! I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this one, simply for the fact that it’s a book about pirates, and a female one at that! I’m so glad you liked it and it’s so encouraging to hear there’s a lot of girl power. We always need a little bit more of that in YA 😉 Also, the romance sounds wonderful! I really can’t wait to read this one now!

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    1. Thanks so much! And yes! Girl power definitely needs to be so much more in YA, and this was definitely such a great addition. And the romance was pretty swoony, too, which always is good. And can’t wait to see what your thoughts are when you get to it! 😀

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  4. I’ve been so excited for this book and after reading this review I can barely contain said excitement!!! I need to get my hands on this ASAP!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about pirates but this one sounds so good I know I’m going to love it! And I can’t wait to read about the romance, ahhh ❤

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    1. Yesssssssssss, it was so good! I had only read one other pirate novel before that – and I’m not even sure I can count it because it was a Peter Pan retelling, lol – but it’s definitely an interesting genre. Everything about it is just amazing. And romance = definitely swoony.

      And lol, thank you for the contact. You’re so sweet. Trust me, I’ve done that a load of times where I totally thought that I was following and it turns out I wasn’t. But thanks so much, and it was the nicest message. ❤ XD

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  5. Again, I’m totally skimming through this one as I don’t want to be the littlest bit spoiled before I get to read this insanely awaited novel XD But knowing you became an instant fangirl just fills me with all sorts of happiness and giddiness and I can’t wait to read it!!
    This has to be good. IT HAS TO. I need to keep my expectations low, I know. BUT I CAN’T.
    Anyway, thank you for the positive reinforcement! I now know I can’t possibly spend another second without this one. If that’s okay with you, I’ll be back to discuss the story further later on 😉 (So exciteeeeed ❤ )

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    1. Lol, yes, no spoilers for this one because it gets soooooo good and there are a few major twists so best to stay away. BUT YESSSSSSSS, I literally can’t wait for you to read it, Sophie. IT WAS SO GOOD. YOU WILL LOVEEEEEEEEEE…but still keep it low so you can become an insane fangirl like me too. XD


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