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Daughter Of The Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller

Breakdown:

  • Book: Daughter Of The Pirate King
  • Series: DOTPK Book 1
  • Author: Tricia Levenseller

Meet Princess Alosa, the female Jack Sparrow of the Literature world. She is feisty, smart and carelessly brave. She is also stubborn. So much so, she repeatedly gets herself stabbed or punched to prove she’s right. This girl ain’t afraid to get her hands dirty!

I love her personality because you can easily see Alosa written as a man. Usually when you have strong female characters placed in very “piratey” situations they are forced to succumb to their male captures by keeping their heads down in order to survive. Which is in all fairness the smart thing to do.

However, Alosa has none of it. If she doesn’t want to clean the deck, she won’t clean the deck. Even if they hang her off the ship with chains around her arm, she still won’t. Which then they did, and admittedly it still didn’t change her stance on wasting her potential swabbing the ship deck.  Anyway, what I’m saying is, the character of Alosa was treated the way any fictional male character would. And I love it. It was fair, accurate and well done. Not all girls are helpless or too smart for their own good. Alosa represents a niche which is very much still missing in our fictional worlds. She resonates to young women as a strong willed female who gets things done on her own.

Pirate Alosa, was trained to kill. Any piece of furniture can be wielded as her weapon. She has kicked, stabbed, punched and hanged countless pirates without a care while still maintaining her feminine nature. One of my favorite quotes of hers, “There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.” She cared about her appearance and her books, even after her capture. I feel obliged to point this out because usually when I see strong women in books, they are usually written as being helpless in the wardrobe, as if they can’t possible be both strong and fashionable, which is annoying. Again, not all headstrong lasses can’t dress properly or look presentable.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Now enough about Alosa, let’s talk about what actually happens to her. As the daughter of the Pirate King. She was sent on a mission to retrieve something very important. Knowing her father, failure was not an option.  Her crew orchestrated this whole fake capture so she can sneak into the enemy’s ship. However, it proved quite difficult for her to ehm, remain captive. In her own words she described her situation as, “It should not be this difficult to stay prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.” 

She was thrown in a very disgusting cell and held for ransom. Throughout her time there, she would cleverly escape her cage to search every inch of the ship for her own treasure. Come sunrise, she would sneak right back. Oh, how easy did she make it look? 😂

Let’s also not forget about the first mate, fellow enemy pirate and her special interrogator, Riden. First things first, how do you pronounce his name! It’s soo weird and I love it! Anyway, from the start you can easily tell there is strong chemistry between those two. From their playful bickering and one on one cat fights those two were destined to be together. Did you seriously expect that there won’t be a love interest in this book? Alosa is only 17 years old so obviously, duh!

Anyway, I recommend this book for anyone who is looking to be entertained. It’s very light and funny. There’s nothing deep or upsetting about it. So if you ever find yourself free and looking into doing something fun, definitely pick this up. It only took me a day to finish it.

Ugggh, I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the next one to come out!

Final Rating:

 ★★

If you’re into pirates, stealing. Adventures and maps.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

 

Caraval Blog Tour Excerpt Invite

– Admit One-

-To be used once, to gain entrance into Caraval-

-Main gates close at midnight- 

-Anyone who arrives later than this will not be able to participate, or win this- year’s prize of one wish. 

I, like a lot of people, used my magical admission ticket and entered this shimmering world of Caraval. Admittedly, it wasn’t one I had planned to go to, but I don’t regret it nonetheless.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a good while now. Finally, after weeks of speculating whether it’s worth my time or not, I went for it.  Unsurprisingly, it was very captivating. To get you up to speed, heres the synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.”

As you can probably tell, what was waiting for me was truly magical. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this carnival. A spellbinding world that’s a wonderful break from the serious tones of my usual reads.

SPOILERS AHEAD

“Once inside, you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved. Clues will be hidden throughout the game to help you on your way. We want you to get swept away, but be careful of being swept too far away.”

Heeding this warning was apparently too much for me for I seem to have been swept too far away. They did not fail to mention this all throughout the book. But, as the days went by in the magical world of Caraval, what was real and what wasn’t overlapped. Just like the heroin, Scarlette, I completely fell for every single trick they made. So it comes to no surprise how very angry I am right now at how things ended. Angry In A Good way! ^^

MAJOR SPOILERS

Rant Mode: On

I feel…

So much anger. Soooo much anger.

Everything was a lie. And I mean alll of it. There wasn’t a shred of honesty in any of the passages written in this book. The reason I’m so angry isn’t because I was tricked. We were all warned from the beginning, so getting blinded between the pages of Caraval, and not being able to differentiate between reality and fiction is entirely on me. In fact, I salute the author, Stephanie Garber for being able to pull something like this off. I admire her for it, it just proves how well written Caraval is. ❤

However, What upset me the most, is how Scarlett dealt with the aftermath of it all. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. She forgave everyone for the hell they put her through like they didn’t torture her this whole time. The ending was very difficult for me to read. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to trust people in general. So when one person betrays me, it’s game over.  Scarlett had the entirety of Caraval betraying her, they all watched as she made a fool of herself, and probably laughed at her while she frantically searched for her sister, one she believed was in very  real danger. Scarlett cried, was drugged, got yelled at, got tricked, lost sleep, lost her sanity, got abused by her father, almost got raped by her Fiancé and had to witness two people she loved very much die and experience very real pain and loss because of all this. Yet suddenly with a few words she was fine with all this. That right there seems to me like a very unrealistic ending. No one would be okay after going through all this just to find out it was all a well rounded play, a fake. Scarlett was tricked by her so called sister. She went through a lot of pain while everyone watched and laughed from the sidelines. Granted, I do understand why Tessa did what she did, but there were a million other ways to do it. This should not have been one of them.

MOVING ON

Rant Mode: Off

Apart from my obvious anger, I loved this book. The whole journey was well thought off, exciting and very adventurous. If i were to ever receive a Caraval ticket, you will most definitely find me there. I recommend this book to anyone who would be willing to overlook the whole Tessa thing. Besides, you know the book is great if it makes you feel all these feeeels. I’m soo caught up in this world, that if there ever was a second book, I’ll be the first to buy it! I know, I know..this post is bipolar.

Final Rating:

 ★★

For all you thrill seekers and magic dwellers!

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The Selection | Kiera Cass

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Selection #1
  • Series: The Selection Series
  • Author: Kiera Cass

I’ll be reviewing the first novel in this well loved series, The Selection by Kiera Cass. For those of you who don’t know, I’ll summarize the main points. This is a fairytale dystopian world, where everyone is divided or ranked into ‘castes’. Each caste has a specific role to play be it farmer or factory worker. The highest caste, one, is royalty and the lowest, eight, is the poorest people where some are even unemployed. Our main protagonist is America Singer, a five (artist caste). The Kingdom she lives in, Illea, is looking for a bride for the crown prince, Maxon. This is done by holding the Selection, a competition for the prince’s hand and the crown.

And there you have it. Now on with the review.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD

You know when you’re the only one in your group who isn’t following the hype. Where everyone around you is nose stuck in this book, but you. And you can’t seem to understand why?  Where your friends swear to you that this is the best thing they’ve ever read and they promise, no proomise that it’ll be worth your time. So now you just have to read it. Even though you’re not totally convinced. Yup, that’s what happened to me.

So honestly, I wasn’t very into the idea of reading this. Like I’ve seen it in the bookstore in several occasions but I just never picked it up.  I had this preconceived notion that it was just a silly little chick flick for younger gals. But Oh, how I was wrong.

This is honestly one of the most entertaining novels I’ve ever read. I guarantee that who ever you might be, and whatever your tastes are, you’re going to enjoy it. Even though this plot line is played out and a little cliche, for some reason it just works. Whatever recipe they used to make this book, I WANT IT. It basically contains the most common ingredients, a royal family, a dashing prince, smart protagonist, forbidden love, sacrifice, bitchy character, looming danger and some late night rendezvous. Now, even though it seems like I might not have any complaints about this book. You are wrong. I have plenty….

First off….

I have to say. America Singer, the main character, has the worst name possible. Why on earth would you name someone after a country and then follow it by a verb? It just doesn’t work. How has no one noticed it’s utter stupidity through all those revisions before it was published. How? It’s just a mystery I will never uncover.

Secondly,

From the beginning of the book, we find out that America is already in a relationship with Aspen, who is a caste lower than her. However, after she is selected to be apart of this ‘The Bachelorette’ inspired competition, she must learn to forget him and work hard to win the prince and get a better life. All is good until I notice that it barley takes her a few days before she completely forgets about her undying love for Aspen. How forgetful this girl is. To be honest, Aspen wasn’t exactly up to my standards, he falls under the douche category for me. Notably when America shares her food with him and he gets mad saying, “…everything is wrong, I’m supposed to be the one providing for you, not the other way around.” It might seem like a nice thing to say to some of you. However, I fall in the spectrum of people who think this is utterly annoying and stereotypical.

Thirdly,

Also Aspen related. You can tell he pisses me off, right? After he gets mad over the food thing, he actually DUMPS her! Annoying. Anyway, after their break up, we move on and America moves into the castle where she has no contact with any of her family and friends for the entirety of the competition.  Things start to hit off well between her and Prince Maxon then all of a sudden, BOOM. Aspen shows up. How? Do you actually expect me to believe a poor, lower caste boy managed to find his way in a heavily guarded castle? And all for what, cause he suddenly had a change of heart and realized he was being a prick.

Anyway, last but not least, ignoring her awful name, America managed to stay true to herself and goal. She’s a very strong character and very often speaks her mind. Apart from the whole boy dilemma she’s actually not half bad.

All in all, this was a lovely read. I recommend it when you need to have something light hearted to change your mood. Maybe in a train ride?

Find my all my book reviews of this series here:

For Eedlyn’s selection:

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Final Rating:

 ★★

Don’t Judge a book by it’s cover, in this case…please do! ^^

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