Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen

I need to get better at this whole writing reviews from home thing- the way I’ve done this so far is that I’ve written my reviews at work in between meetings and other work, and that definitely doesn’t seem to be super sustainable. Other book bloggers- when do you write up your posts? Is it something that you do while you’re reading/right after you’ve finished a book or do you write a bunch of blogs at once, or something totally different? Is there some sort of best practice for this? Maybe I just need to read a little less and write a little more…

 

Daughter of the Pirate King 3.5 stars 3.5/5 stars

Daughter of the SirenQueen 4 star 4/5 stars

 

I finished reading Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen about a week ago, and I’m so glad I finally read them! They were such fun, cute reads and I really enjoyed how easy Tricia Levenseller’s writing was- did y’all see that she’s writing a new book about Vikings that’s set to come out in 2019? So much excitement!

 

Daughter of the Pirate King introduces us to Alosa, the actual daughter of the pirate king. At the very beginning of the book, she gets captured by another pirate set of pirates, but then we find out that getting captured was her plan (so devious). I thought the beginning of the book was a little silly, but the middle/end of the book after Alosa’s secret is revealed was so much better/more interesting!

 

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Alosa and the Ava-Lee have found the last piece of the map to the island of the sirens, but before setting of for the island, Alosa finds out a secret that turns her world upside down- instead of having been abandoned by her mother, Alosa’s mother has been kept prisoner by her father! Alosa frees her mother and then suffers another blow- her mother, who she just rescued, mind you, jumps off of her ship and actually abandons her and her crew to the wrath of her father, the pirate king.

 

Overall, I thought that these books were super fun! I definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a break from the more serious YA fantasy novels (like War Storm). I loved all of the characters and the whole crew of the Ava-Lee!

 

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

May Wrap Up

This May, I finished 10 books, which is a little less than I thought I would read this month, but War Storm was SO LONG, so that took me longer than expected. I’ve also been sicker than normal this week, so all of that extra sleeping has meant less reading that I would have wanted. I’m aiming for 15 books read in June, so let’s see if I can actually make that happen.

May Reads:

The Wish Granter 3 star 3/5 Stars

A Court of Frost and Starlight 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Traitor Prince 3 star 3/5 Stars

Legend 4 star 4/5 Stars

The Diviners 3 star 3/5 Stars

City of Heavenly Fire 4 star 4/5 Stars

War Storm 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Pirate King 3.5 stars 3.5/5 Stars

Sky in the Deep 4 star 4/5 Stars

Daughter of the Siren Queen 4 star 4/5 Stars

Top 3 Books read in May:

War Storm- I love the Red Queen series and I think Victoria Aveyard ended Mare, Maven, and Cal’s story in the best way possible. While this book was super long (over 600 pages!), I think it did a really good job encompassing everything needed to really give a satisfying ending without drawing things out or making things seem too quick and easily tied up.

Daughter of the Siren Queen- I had been sitting on Daughter of the Pirate King for about 7 or 8 months, planning on reading it at some point, just not now, and then my hold on Daughter of the Siren Queen at the library got checked out to me, so I had to start reading them. While I was just ok with Daughter of the Pirate King, I liked Daughter of the Siren Queen so much! I thought that Alosa was a little less self centered and definitely less annoying, and I love Riden in general. I also really enjoyed being able to really get to know the crew of the Ava-Lee. The story seemed to be better paced and it was just a cute, fun summer read.

City of Heavenly Fire This was the month of finishing series for me. Not only did I finally finish the Mortal Instruments Series, but I finished the Red Queen series, all of the currently published Ravenspire books, and the Feyre/Rhys story arc for ACOTAR. I read City of Heavenly Fire as an audiobook on the way to/from work for like 1/2 of the month, and it was so good. Sophie Turner was one of the narrators and I thought that she was an amazing narrator. I liked this as the ending for the Mortal Instruments books, and since I’ve already read the Infernal Devices books and the Dark Artifices books, I loved seeing Tessa and Jem as well as the Blackthornes and Emma. It felt like I was coming back to family.

3 Least Favorite Books read in May: (NOTE: none of these books were bad or even less than 3 star books- they were fun reads and I don’t regret reading them, but they weren’t the most amazing ones I read)

The Wish Granter- I loved the Shadow Queen when I read it earlier this year, so I was so excited to read the other two Ravenspire books. Both the Wish Granter and the Traitor Prince was good books, they were just a lot slower than I expected. They had great plots and were really interesting re-tellings of classic fairy tales, I just wish that they had been a little more plot driven. I loved most of the characters in this book (well, let’s be real, I loved Ari. Thad annoyed me.)

The Traitor Prince- Like with the Wish Granter, I thought that the Traitor Prince was a good book, and I really enjoyed reading it, it just moved more slowly than I would have liked. Rahim seemed like an interesting character, and even though he was evil, I was rooting for him in some parts, because he was so much smarter and more wily than anyone gave him credit for! I also really enjoyed all of the easter eggs from the other books that were sprinkled throughout this one. They really tied everything together and brought me back to the parts of the first two books that I liked.

The Diviners–  I liked the Diviners- don’t get me wrong. There were so many interesting aspects to the book and I learned so much about the 20s, which is definitely a time period that I know pretty much nothing about. There were too many characters that weren’t really explained (I’m 90% sure that’s setting up for the future books, which I’m for sure going to be reading) and so much going on that didn’t really have anything to do with the main story. I can’t wait to have everything tied together in the next book or two.

 

What all did y’all read in May? Anything you really enjoyed or really did not enjoy?