Number of pages: 311
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3
So this was fun I guess. That seems to also be the general consensus online from what I’ve seen, so at least it isn’t just me this time.
One thing I really enjoyed in this book was how we would see Alosa do something completely out of character, and then she would turn around in the next and explain it was all an act. I think it was really well done because I would have this moment of confusion, and then we’d get to see how she vastly outsmarted everyone around her. It’s what made the book fun for me.
Now let’s talk about what did not make this book fun for me, and that would mainly be the romance. Yikes. And I liked the love interest enough, but the romance really ruined the book for. In the beginning I was hoping the fact that Alosa kept calling him attractive would lead nowhere, but of course I knew it wouldn’t go the way I wanted it to. The main problem with the romance is that Alosa goes from this character who only cares about herself and maybe her crew to risking her life for this dude and this dude’s horrible brother because said brother means a lot to the dude she’s suddenly in love with.
I also felt like they didn’t have any chemistry. Like her antagonizing him was great and all, but it never felt like organic banter among characters that hate each other now, but will sacrifice themselves for each other later. She messed with his head, and he outsmarted her a handful of times. That should have been the end of it, but this random romance had to come all the way out of left field for no reason.
I wish we had gotten to see more of this all-girl (but not really all-girl) crew of Alosa’s. She talks about them so fondly and tells us of their skill so often that it had me wishing we had gotten a story with them instead. I have a feeling that’s what the sequel is for, but I don’t have enough interest in the story to read the next book.
Overall, Daughter of the Pirate King was fun, but I did have some issues with it, earning it 3 out of 5 stars.