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Thursday, February 22, 2018

DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN by Tricia Levenseller / Book Review #DaughterOfTheSirenQueen

By: Tricia Levenseller
Published by: Feiwel & Friends 
To Be Released on: February 27th, 2018
SeriesDaughter of the Pirate King #2
Rating: 4.5 Stars 
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An arc was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

The capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.
Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice. 
When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen. 
In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.
An unforgettable, swashbuckling, high seas adventure. With sword fights, a race to find the hidden treasure, sirens, a shocking secret, romance, and a crew of misfit pirates I've come to love, this sequel was one heck of wild ride. I love the pirate adventure Levensellar has taken me on with her duology. She's introduced me to characters I've come to love, and who's stories I'm not sure I'm ready to be over with just yet. 

Daughter of The Pirate King was one of my all time favorite reads last year. I have anxiously awaited getting my hands on this book, though I didn't want the first book to end. This sequel did not disappoint. It had all the action I had hoped it would. I don't know what it is about the fighting and battle that takes place on the open sea, but there's something about it that adds an element to the danger, and makes me cheer on Alosa that much more. This girl is a force to be reckoned with. Literally.

This story really is a character journey for Alosa. She's learned a great deal, not only about herself, but she's been lied to and betrayed her who life. What she discovers definitely makes her question a lot of things about herself. Thankfully Alosa is one touch Captain, with a loyal crew of pirates, and Riden to keep her grounded. This story digs deeper into the dangerous side of Alosa's siren nature. 

Alosa isn't afraid of much, aside from admiring her feelings for Riden, and losing her crew to the imposing doom her hell bent father has promised unleash on them, her siren side is something she has to learn to control. If she doesn't, it will cost her more than she cares to admit. I love the love that Alosa has for her crew. She will do anything for any of them, regardless of what it will cost her. I admired her wanting to learn to control her siren side. It not only shows the effort it takes on her part, but I loved that it also shows the trust Riden, and Alosa have in each other. You'll get why I said that when you read the book. 

Speaking of Riden and Alosa, my word I wanted to lock these two up and force them to admit their feelings for each other. I love their stolen moments together, the crew calling Alosa out in her attempt to check Riden out when she thinks no one else is looking, and Riden forcing Alosa to say what she's scared to admit. Not to mention the kissy scenes, their chemistry and the way these two can ruffle each other's feathers. It's downright hilarious at times. I also liked that they always have each other's backs, especially when tensions are high. 

The only thing that I had an issue with in this book, was how Alosa treated Riden for the first portion of the story. Part of me understood her need to reestablish who she is, and her role in what's happening, but the other part of me was extremely annoyed with her, and her fear in admitting her feelings for him. Had Riden been a lesser man, he would have walked away. I am so glad he didn't. Having said that, I also get that was transpired between these two previous to this story, was part a battle of wits, and part falling for each other. Thankfully Alosa realizes what's right in front of her, and finally admits what she's so scared to do admit.

Aside from Alosa and Riden, I love the misfit crew Alosa has. There's something about their tough and heartbreaking backgrounds, and their differences I admired. Regardless of what they've all been through, together they are a family. They'd do anything for each other. That definitely makes it all the more harder to say goodbye to a few of them when Alosa's ship comes under attack. Neither she nor her father's crew walk away unscathed. I'm hoping we'll get to see some of their side stories in the future. I absolutely loved being on this pirate adventure with them. What an awesome sequel and a perfect ending to this duology! 

Don't miss my stop in the Daughter of the Siren Queen blog tour, hosted by Macmillan. I'll have my interview with Alosa up on Saturday!