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RATING :: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED :: February 28, 2017
PUBLISHER :: Feiwel & Friends
AUTHOR :: Tricia Leveneseller
HARDCOVER :: 320 pgs
GENRE :: YA FICTION/ROMANCE NOVEL
He didn’t want his rivals to know just how powerful I am. The fighting skills he taught me alone make me dangerous. And being half siren–well, that makes me deadly.
Alosa- a ship captain and daughter of the pirate king- has been kidnapped by her enemies, who want to hold her for ransom.
They aren’t aware that Alosa deliberately allowed them to take her in order to search their ship for an old, legendary treasure map.
But what was meant to be a simple operation for Alosa turns out to be a dangerous mission unlike any other. Not only must she find the treasure map before the enemie’s ship reaches her father (as to not disappoint him), she may also need to fight her attractiveness to her abductor, Riden.
This book contains everything- romance, adventure, mystery, action, and PIRATES!
I was a bit skeptical about this book, mainly because I’d read that the main character was a female version of Jack Sparrow. I don’t follow any of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movies anymore, but Captain Jack Sparrow, to me, is an iconic character. However, if the main character was seen as a female version of Jack Sparrow, then by all means I’d read this book.
Turns out, I felt the main character- Alosa- was not so much of a Jack Sparrow, but a strong, powerfully unique pirate- A one of a kind!
Throughout the story, she bravely faces all sorts of trouble- starvation, captivity, and even near-rape experience.
What’s so awesome about the character is her desire to stay focused, finish her mission strong, and keep her hidden powers a secret…
…which, I should add, is her weakness. Her desire to finish her mission and be independent causes her trouble, and her “secret” powers still manage to be revealed even when she doesn’t realize it.
Although I kept reading her thoughts on how she’s the best of the best, that her father made her a deadly weapon, and that she’s part Siren… somehow it often felt like I was reading about a rookie trying hard to prove herself by putting others down and bragging about what she is. She comes off as arrogant, especially after underestimating the intelligence of the crew that she is kidnapped by and not wanting to admit that she isn’t the best of the best as she’d originally thought.
But either way, she’s feisty, loyal, and resilient. And that’s what makes her awesome.
I love the idea of a half pirate, half siren princess who is skilled in fighting.
The story about a hidden treasure map on board a ship of young pirates is both familiar and new. I love reading about pirates and treasure maps; that never gets old. I’d never read a story with young pirates however, since the pirates I’m used to are usually older fellows with yellow-stained teeth, but it’s a good addition. I often had to remind myself that almost all the characters in this book are minors, and not adults.
But, I must say, I don’t feel like the characters in this story, save Alosa, were quite likable. I liked Riden but his relationship to Alosa didn’t have that spark I was looking & hoping for. I’m sure we’ll find out how their relationship develops in the next book. But other than that, he came across as manipulative and a follower rather than his own free thinker. Plus, his brother is a major jerk and it annoyed me that he sticks up for him even though he knows his brother is ruthless and selfish.
Even the pirate king, Alosa’s father, comes off as a terrible man when you think of everything he’s put his daughter through. And one can only conclude that somewhere, deep down inside, Alosa doesn’t truly feel unconditionally loved by her father. Sure, as Alosa puts it, he taught her to be strong and to defend herself, but was he basically training her up to use her for his own self-serving purposes? Seems like it.
It should come as no surprise that I detested Sheck. Usually, a female is rescued from the claws of a sexual predator, but not so with Alosa… although, hey Riden… that was a jerk move to leave Alosa with a salvage, sex-thirsty monster. Either way, Alosa became her own hero, and I breathed a sigh of relief to see her defend herself so skillfully, killing Sheck in the process. This helps the story break away from the traditional ‘damsel in distress’ plots where the female is seen as weak and without strength to defend herself.
Aside from all of the above, I guess the REAL reason why this book became so enjoyable was the plot twist halfway through when it was revealed what Alosa truly is. The story of her origins was fascinating- a Pirate King almost killed by the Siren Queen until he changes tactics, and from their “union,” Alosa is born.
I re-read this part of the story over and over again because I had originally thought the story was heading a different direction; I had thought the book was pretty predictable… guess what? It wasn’t.
The Daughter of the Siren Queen will be the second installment to this book, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on it once it’s released. I’m hoping to read more about Alosa’s upbringing, her relationship with Riden, and her relationship with her father.
Thanks for reading!
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