Daughter of the Pirate King

Author  Tricia Levenseller
Date Released  28 February 2017
Rating ★★★★☆

Okay, so I took a little bit of a longer break than I expected. Between volunteering at a zoo and school, and rehearsal for upcoming orchestra concerts and skating performances, and prepping for AP exams and finals in May, it’s been a mess. I have been reading, just haven’t had the time to write posts and I don’t have a queue lined up yet. Sorry 🙁

This is actually a fairly new book, and it’s my first time reading it (mixing it up here).

Quick intro: Alosa is the daughter of the Pirate King, and she’s sent on a mission by her father to retrieve a hidden treasure map. This involves being kidnapped, on purpose, by a boat full of male pirates who are varying degrees of pleasant and rude. The first mate, Riden, is surprisingly nice (especially to look at) and smart. Alosa is determined to complete her mission for her father. She’s good with a sword and a great fighter, the only pirate her father’s even trained personally. She also has some special hidden skills that we find out about later in the book. There’s fighting and sparring and kidnapping and lots and lots of arrogance, which comes with the pirate territory. It’s like Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a girl pirate and in book form. So it’s awesome.

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Throne of Glass

Author  Sarah J. Maas
Series  Throne of Glass
Date Released  2 August 2012
Rating ★★★★☆

Falling back to another favorite – Throne of Glass by the amazing Sarah J. Maas. Many people, it seems, have read either A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass, and in my opinion, both deserve to be thoroughly enjoyed. Side note: I’ll be posting every other day for now.

Quick intro: Celaena Sardothien, formerly the most well-known (but not seen) assassin in the empire of Adarlan, has spent the last year as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier, where most survive only months, as punishment for her crimes. The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, retrieves Celaena from the mines to be Prince Dorian’s champion in a bloody competition to become the King’s Champion (the fighter that does the dirty work for the kingdom’s leader). While she spends time in the palace, under an assumed name (no one knows a teenage girl was the country’s most feared assassin), she investigates the origins of mutilated bodies found in the castle.

Celaena was born in Terrasen, but about a decade ago, the king of Adarlan invaded Terrasen, burned its legendary libraries, killed its royal family, and enslaved many of the common people. Celaena must fight for her freedom from Endovier but winning also means serving the king who broke her homeland.

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Wild Magic

Author  Tamora Pierce
Series  The Immortals
Date Released  1 December 1992
Rating ★★★★☆

Another favorite author (I’ll throw in a few non-favorites eventually), Tamora Pierce! Okay, so this series was written before I was born, but that doesn’t make me love it any less. Tamora Pierce became one of my favorite authors back in 2011, and I just kind of read and re-read every single book in the Emelan and Tortall universes until I basically had them memorized. Sadly, the editions I was reading from my school’s library became my favorites, but they were really hard to find so I have about half of her books, but maybe not in those editions I loved.

ANYways…Quick intro: Veralidaine Sarrasri, or just Daine, only had her mother and grandfather and her animal friends to keep her company, until bandits attacked and only Daine and her horse survived. Daine has “wild magic” meaning she’s really good with animals. Like, superhero-level good. She gets a job with a horse lady who works with the queen of Tortall (who’s pretty cool herself) and nurses this hawk back to health and it turns out to not be a hawk, but this kinda weird mage dude named Numair who’s super powerful and wants to teach Daine some interesting magicky stuff. They all travel to Tortall and help with the military “irregular” trainees (the Queen’s Riders, let girls & boys join, hunt bandits). Of course, there’s a problem when all these immortal monster things start getting out of the Divine Realms where they had been trapped for a few centuries and they cause some trouble. Daine turns out to be a big help and makes a lot of new friends, human and animal alike.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author Sarah J. Maas
Series A Court of Thorns and Roses
Date Released 5 May 2015
Rating ★★★★☆

I’m back!

Currently, I’m re-reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (review on that to come), so I thought I’d review the first book in the series to start this off.

Quick intro: Feyre is a nineteen-year-old human, living on a small island, on the other side of a wall from the Fae world of Prythian, until she does some things that take her over the wall and into a war she hadn’t known existed. She falls in love (a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast thing) and gets herself into trouble and there’s a big curse and a super-evil-queen-type thing.

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