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Daughter of the Siren Queen REVIEW!

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetDaughter of the Siren Queen

by Tricia Levenseller

Release date: February 27, 2018

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

My spoiler-free review:

I read Tricia Levenseller’s debut novel, Daughter of the Pirate King, last year, and I really loved it!! Daughter of the Siren Queen, the second book in this duology, just came out this year, and I’m so glad I was FINALLY able to read it! It was so good that I devoured it in about two days. I rated it 5/5 stars on goodreads. 

As you read in the synopsis, Daughter of the Siren Queen is about Alosa, whose father is the Pirate King of this fantasy land, and her mother is the queen of the sirens. Alosa has never met her mother, but she possesses her mother’s siren powers. She was raised by her cold-hearted father who tortured her to shape her into a warrior pirate that he could use. But her father is not exactly trustworthy, as you got a hint of in the last book. Now that Alosa has all three pieces to a certain treasure map, the pirates are ready to head to the sirens’ island for treasure. But things don’t exactly go as planned. And it was EPIC.

Alosa is such a kick-butt main character!!! Imagine a female Jack Sparrow with a little bit of Celaena Sardothien in her. She has flaming red hair that perfectly matches her fiery personality. She knows what she wants, and she doesn’t trust anyone other than her crew of other incredible female pirates. Yet, she’s not just your classic warrior heroine. She is such a round character, which can be hard to find amongst YA main characters nowadays. Plus, she has siren powers, meaning she can enchant men and control them!! If this character doesn’t intrigue you, then I don’t know what will.

I mentioned Alosa’s crew of female pirates, right? Yeah, they’re as kick-butt as Alosa. We have Alosa’s first mate, Niridia, who doubles as Alosa’s best friend. Niridia is reasonable and smart, which counter’s Alosa’s recklessness perfectly. Then, there’s Mandsy, the ship’s doctor, who sews fabric for fun but can also kill with ease. Among others whose name I have forgotten (it’s a big crew), there’s silent Sorinda, the twins Deshel and Lotiya, and six-year old Roslyn. Roslyn was so cute, and I loved seeing her trying to convince Alosa to let her fight. Her father, Wallov, is also part of the crew, and his love for Roslyn was like a breath of fresh air amid all these other terrible father figures. And of course, we can’t forget Kearan and Enwen (my personal favorite). Kearan had a bit of character development, which was super cool to see. And I just start laughing every time Enwen speaks; I love him.

Don’t worry, I’m not leaving out Riden. I just needed a new paragraph to discuss him and Alosa! Their relationship goes through so many ups-and-downs throughout the duology. They totally love each other, but Riden isn’t so sure about Alosa’s siren abilities, and Alosa doesn’t know if she can trust someone who used to be her enemy. But, of course, they come together in the end and it’s AMAZING. Another literary couple to go on my favorites list.

I love how Riden helped Alosa. Alosa grew so much as a character in this book as she became more comfortable with her siren abilities (trying not to spoil anything here). And all of that was because of Riden. And I loved how they both realized over the course of the story that they are both their own person, and their terrible pasts with their cruel fathers doesn’t define them and shouldn’t control them anymore.

“‘Because we are not our fathers. We saw what evil looked like, and we knew we wanted to be different.’” – Riden

But the best thing about this story is friendships and sense of family and loyalty amid the crew of the Ava-lee (Alosa’s pirate ship)!! Alosa will do anything to save any member of her crew, which is another thing I love about her. And her crew is incredibly loyal to her, even when she makes a choice that could doom them all. I love every moment that we see the crew bonding or having fun aboard ship. I’ve grown so attached to each character, and it hurt so much to see some of them die.

And that’s something unique that Tricia Levenseller did in her novel! Sometimes in fantasy, every single character survives all of the battles and hard times, which is kind of unrealistic. But, several great members of Alosa’s crew do die in this book, and I really like how the author did that. Not that I liked seeing them die, but you know what I meant. 😉

The plot of this is just how you would imagine – it’s fast-paced with intense action and fighting scenes! I found myself skimming the lines because I was so anxious as to what was about to happen. Don’t worry, I always backtracked and read everything, because Tricia Levenseller’s writing is just beautiful. It’s simple, yet descriptive. And she has a knack for writing action scenes and building suspense!

Overall, Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller was a great finish to this duology. It was full of lovable yet kick-butt characters, epic fighting scenes, ships, and pirates. I definitely recommend this book if you love YA fantasy!! It’s a must-read 2018 release!

I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen.

I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings, and happy reading!!

~ Rebekah

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