(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Macmillan on February 28th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical, Pirates, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
If you want something done right . . .
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?
OMG YOU GUYS!! The shippy goodness of this book is something I haven’t felt in a long time! I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the banter, I loved the swoons!
Alosa is the daughter of the ruthless pirate king and she’s on a mission to find a hidden treasure map on an enemy ship. Deliberately facilitating her own kidnapping, Alosa finds herself in the brig of a ship captained by Draxen and his first mate (and brother) Riden. While Draxen is cruel and harsh, Riden seems to be the opposite, and Alosa can’t help but notice how handsome he is.
Riden is charged with keeping Alosa in line… he doesn’t expect her to try him at every turn, but he’s pleasantly surprised and when he realizes she’s keeping an even bigger secret than the fact that she purposely was kidnapped, he can’t help but want to try to protect her.
You guys… Alosa is my most favorite recent character I’ve read lately. In one scene she is slitting the throats of pirates trying to take her ship, and the next she’s dying to get into her nice dresses and worried about ruining them. I love that she’s tough and strong and yet not worried a bit about being feminine.
I know I mentioned it a tiny bit above, but the banter is so wonderfully done here. Riden and Alosa match wits with every interaction… each trying to outwit the other and neither truly winning. It was just perfection.
Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down… admittedly it’s a pretty quick read, but I’m dying for more. Levenseller’s writing is addictive and her story-telling engrossing. I’ve already pre-ordered a finished copy of this one and can’t wait for book 2!!
Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.