Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Pirate King #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Source: Macmillan
Date Read: 2/5/18 to 2/7/18
352 pages

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.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from ARC may or may not be in the published edition.

I've waited a good while before actually sitting down to review this (mainly because I've been super busy), BUT ALSO because I don't even know how to review this (why am I a reviewer again?). I loved Daughter of the Pirate King. I loved Daughter of the Siren Queen, but it definitely took a different route than I expected.

Spoilers for the first book ahead! 

The story starts with Alossa getting back at Vordan and stealing the final map piece that will lead them to the treasure. This was unexpected, as I assumed that Vordan would be the main villain of the duology as implied by the blurb, but that didn't be the case at all. And honestly that stumped me for a while, and probably was the reason why I initially wasn't fully on board with the sequel (LOOK AT THAT WORD PLAY).

But everything turned out fine because 1) Alossa has the BEST crew and 2) her and Ryder have great chemistry.

I was actually a bit nervous about meeting Alossa's crew, since it is like, 10 new characters not introduced in the first book. But I was wrong, and I grew to care for them over the course of their journey. Like I was more than bummed (Spoiler: Highlight to read) when some of her crew died. I didn't think that it would happen in this novel??? It just seemed like a fun pirate adventure and BAM death everywhere! I was not expecting it, and I'm pretty sure I shed a tear.

AND ALOSSA AND RYDER. Honestly the number of times I just wanted them to…get together…was too much. There were way too many unnecessary interruptions.

I really didn't get into this novel until around halfway through, since I was unsure about where the story was going. I pretty much ranted to Rashika about the whole focus on the Siren Queen, because when (Spoiler: Highlight to read) we first met the Siren Queen, it was for a hot second. AND THEN SHE LEFT. Like ok, bye. But clearly, I just spoke too soon because we see a bit more of her by the end of the novel.

Daughter of the Siren Queen was a solid sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King. Maybe not better than it, but both books are definitely fun, adventurous reads. If you're looking for a short fantasy series to read, this is it!

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