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.

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: ALL THE STARS! I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK HARD! A feisty, quick-witted kick-ass pirate captain heroine pitted against a rival pirate captain’s first mate set in a world of sea monsters and pirate treachery made this book one heck of an adventurous ride. I would have read this all in one sitting had I lost the ability to keep my eyes open at 2AM, but I jumped back on it as soon as I woke up. Shipper feels, y’all!

♥ Review:  Don’t let that cover fool you, this is no middle grade book. These pirates may be older teens closing in on adulthood, but don’t count them out. They’re just as brutal and savage as any adult has the right to be. That said, the author did an incredible job of balancing out the dirty work of a pirate with the fun banter and quick wit of our kick-ass heroine and her would-be enemy, the first mate from a rival pirate ship. Alosa is everything I love about complicated girls; one minute she’s shoving her sword in someone while the next she’s worrying about the state of her clothes and the safety of the girls aboard her all female ship. (Yep, you heard me, ALL FEMALE SHIP! #LikeAGirl I can’t wait to get to know the girls more in the sequel when she’s finally back aboard and captaining again.) But no one presses her buttons quite like Riden. He matches her skill for skill, brains for brains, something she hasn’t come across in maybe all her life aside from her father, the Pirate King. Because of this, there’s always a steady dose of delicious banter and definite tension between these two and I could not get enough.

Aside from these two amazing characters giving me all the shippy feels, there’s definitely epic adventures, a couple of twisty surprises (that actually managed to catch me off-guard) including a bit of siren lore, and some pretty stellar storytelling to be found in these pages. I’m recommending the hell out of this and I need the next book ASAFP.

♥ Teaser Quote: The banter between Alosa and Riden! The dialogue of the crew! Alosa’s sharp tongue! So many quotes to choose from, yet so little time! I think I’ll let you experience all the better ones on your own reading experience.

     Either way, I still don’t know what to make of Riden.
     Doesn’t matter at the moment, anyway. I have a more pressing problem. Riden assumes I will try to escape this ship in some way. He already suspects me of being up to something. Of being more than just a prisoner on this ship. He knows I’m hiding something.
     Which means if I’m to keep up appearances, I’ll have to escape the ship.
        Then get caught on purpose.
     Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.

– quote taken from the eARC of Daughter of a Pirate King at 26%

Book Rating Breakdown
General Book Feels
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters

♥ Rec It? Oh absolutely! I laughed, I fell in love, and I definitely want more. More of this ruthless world, more of these characters–both the lovable and the hateful and all the ones in-between, and definitely more of the kisses shared between Alosa and Riden. The wait for the sequel is going to be painful, and I’m definitely putting Levenseller on my list of authors to watch because her writing was spectacular and kept me one-hundred-percent engaged. I need more!

♥ A very special thanks to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

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