Book Review

REVIEW: Daughter of the Pirate King

February 3, 2020
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Daughter of the Pirate King Daughter of the Pirate King #1 Young Adult Fantasy Feiwel & Friends Hardcover 311 pages

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.

My Thoughts:

I had the highest of expectations for this book, really I did! I expected to love it as it is about a female pirate captain who is also a princess and on a secret mission! Throw in slow-burn enemies to lovers plot and it’s entirely my jam! I could not be more disappointed in a book. This was just so misogynistic and ugh!!! *shudder*

First off we need to know that Alosa is a girl pirate so when she is captured she could be raped, and if she is around too many men she could be raped, and right now she is lucky she isn’t being raped. I wish I were joking but seriously the author mentions at least once a chapter the potential for sexual assault and it was just off-putting. Alosa is your typical badass woman a man wants to fuck character and is robbed continually of any agency. What I had hoped would be a cool feminist story was a hot mess of problematic writing.

Why 3 stars, because despite these major flaws I did enjoy the story. I found the “romance” a bit forced and obvious, I had hoped I was wrong about where things were going. It did also touch briefly on abusive parenting and how we can sometimes take that on as normal. So that saved some graces. Would I recommend it? I’m not sure, definitely not to younger audiences who might take on all the problematic behaviour depicted as fine.

I give Daughter of the Pirate King:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller was published on 28 February 2017 by Feiwel & Friends. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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1 Comment

  • Reply littlemissstar55 February 3, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    …This sounds so not up my alley.
    It’s so disappointing when a book you’re excited for ends up being so ugh.
    I hope your next read is better! 💜

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