Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Spoiler-free)

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Today I have a book review for you! I will be reviewing Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I ended up reading this book for the Scallywagathon! It was a ton of fun, even though I didn’t read too much.

Let’s start this review out with some stats.

Page Count: 308
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (MacMillan)
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King
Book Number: Book 1
Received From: OwlCrate
Form: Hardcover



Daughter of the Pirate King is about a girl who, you guessed it, is the daughter of the Pirate King. The book begins with her being captured by a rival ship. Why would she do this, you may ask? For her father. He set her out with the mission of finding something on that ship. The best way to do it? Get captured.

This book was full of hilarious moments, a push-and-pull romance, and heartbreak. It had everything I loved in a book. I was stuck from the beginning. I didn’t ever want to put it down. I needed to know what happened next.

My biggest issue with the story is that it seemed to make abuse okay. It was obvious that she has grown up being abused and she was okay with that because it was “training.” It could be tough for someone who has been abused to read this book so be careful.

Another trigger warning is sexual assault and rape. It doesn’t actually happen in the book but it is mentioned multiple times, so be careful.

It may have been a bit predictable, but there were things that I didn’t think were going to happen because of what they were but they did. But that didn’t take away from my love of this book.

I gave the story 3 out of 4 points.


Since we’re talking about the story itself and not the writing, let’s talk about characters.

The characters weren’t perfect, they could even be stretched into saying they were all the bad guys/girls. Some were just less bad.

I absolutely loved how the main character played off the main male, and vice versa. They were both so snarky and that made my soul happy. These are the types of characters that make me love books. Morally gray, but you can’t help but to love them and want the best for them.

I gave 4 out of 4 points.


Let’s get into the writing next.

The writing in this seemed to be perfect to me. It was simple, but not in a bad way. It wasn’t overly simple. It wasn’t “dumbed down” for the audience. It was a bit predictable at points, but I feel like a lot of the things I guessed, were made obvious on purpose. They were meant to distract the reader. You think this is supposed to be the big plot twist, but instead something even more shocking happens! I loved it.

There was a lot of points where the main character was telling rather than showing but they fit perfectly. There were a lot of points in the book where she wasn’t communicating with people so she had a lot of inner monologue going on. It was a wonderful way to share the information necessary to know what’s going on in the book and for future books.

I gave the writing 4 out of 4.


Now continuing on with the writing, let’s talk pacing. How well was this book paced?

I feel like this book was a perfect speed for me. It was a quick and easy read but it wasn’t rushed or too slow. A lot of first books seem to just be world and character building. This definitely had those moments but it was the perfect amount.

I gave pacing 4 out of 4 points.

Personal Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, I loved this book. It was so addicting for me. I didn’t want to put it down. Ever. I cannot wait for the second one to come out so I can get straight into that.

I gave this book 4 out of 4 points for my personal thoughts.

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