April’s #bestiemademe read is Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller! I listened to this one as an audiobook, just to switch it up from the usual style I’ve done for reading the previous #bestiemademe books. Daughter of the Pirate King is a YA fantasy novel about, you guessed it, the daughter of the pirate king, Alosa. I rated it four stars on Goodreads.
Here’s the summary from GoodReads:
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.
This was a really interesting story. I’ve had it on my TBR for awhile and have enjoyed taking pirate-y photos of it for bookstagram using a skull pot I got from OwlCrate and loonies from my piggy bank. It’s a really interesting general premise because I really haven’t read all that many pirate stories. I had a lot of fun listening to this book.
A minor struggle I had was with the narrator. Her accent was sometimes hard to understand at the speed that I listen to the audiobook at, but that’s not the biggest problem in the greater scheme of things. I probably could have slowed down the audiobook if it really bothered me that much.
The storyline of the book was really interesting. I liked that Alosa wanted to get caught and how she was almost always one step ahead of the other characters in the book. She was tough and like many of my favourite female narrators from other fantasy novels. I do have to admit that sometimes she annoyed me and that’s probably part of the reason why I couldn’t give this book a full five stars.
I liked the setting of this novel. The ships and the beasts in the water and the various pirates made it very atmospheric. I loved many of the varying characters on the ship Alosa was held captive on. Obviously, not all of them were good, but all the people just added to the atmosphere.
I really enjoyed Riden as a character. He felt complex, and I especially enjoyed the tension that grew between him and Alosa. They seem like they’ll be an interesting pairing if that grows more over the next novel in the series.
Ultimately, I had a lot of fun reading this book, but it wasn’t the most spectacular thing I’ve read so I couldn’t give it five stars. However, I do recommend that you pick it up and check it out if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.