Daughter of the Pirate King (#1)
by Tricia Levenseller
Is not everyday that we are able to read a YA with pirates as main characters, which is a shame cus - has The Pirate of the Caribbean movie franchising shows - we all love them. It seems that recently they are again picking the interest of writes: we saw a bit of the pirates' world in a Darker Shades of Magic trilogy, by V.E. Schwab, with Lila and Alucard (ADSOM REVIEWS HERE --> #1, #2, #3); or a bit of naval adventure in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but finally in Daughter of the Pirate King we have old-dirty-scam pirates, mermaids, damoiselles not so much in distress and more than one bottle of rum!
Alosa - daughter of the Pirate king - was sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient map, that leads to Isle De Canta; there's only one problem, the map is hidden on another pirates ship. To retrieve the map Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search the ship.
What she didn't expect was for her captor's first mate, Riden, to be so clever and unfairly attractive. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few trick up her sleeve, and a simple pirate can not stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Tricia Levenseller did find a way to make pirates in fashion again! She didn't make them impossibly beautiful or unbelievable, but she gave to ruthness a new shine. They are sweaty, with golden teeth, saggy, smelly pirates; well some might smell better than the others but still, you get the idea. They are believable, and that's key in a book, if you can picture the characters as physical identity, that means that the writer was able to conjure a convincing/concrete world.
The plot is simple but beautifully crafted, all the main actions take place on the ship so there is little world building, but I'm sure we will get to know more of it in the next books. The characters are well rounded, there is not too much psychological depth to them but they emerge well from the pages. Our heroine Alosa is a bad-ass, funny, sassy, with a little too much self-confidence for my liking, but still I enjoyed reading about her, I liked her alot.
"Lass, you've the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake"
The writing is good and so is the pacing. I flow through the book - I read it in one stand - and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book: Daughter of the Siren Queen, which is coming out february 2018. I can not wait for it!