My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Daughter of the Siren Queen is the second book in the Daughter of the Pirate King duology. I absolutely loved this series and didn’t know how much I needed a YA pirate adventure until I read these books. Alosa has the sass and smarts (but not the drinking habit) to be aptly compared to the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow.
Alosa is a fierce pirate with a crew full of strong females (and a couple of males). It is so nice to see positive relationships between them and the bond that they have formed as a crew. Despite the size of the group, they all have unique personalities which set them apart from one another. I didn’t frequently forget who they were, which sometimes happens when they’re not developed enough. There aren’t enough positive female friendships represented in YA, so this was really nice to read.
I enjoyed the interactions between Riden and Alosa in the first book, so I was happy to see them expanded here. He is the bane of her existence and yet she cannot stop thinking about him. It was nice to see both their struggles and successes. It allowed each character to grow throughout the story and learn more about themselves.
I loved getting to learn more about Alosa’s parents and specifically the Siren-half of her biology. Sirens have been depicted in many different fashions over the decades, so I was really curious to see how they would come across in this series. It would have been nice to see them given more depth or motivation, but in this particular mythology, I can understand why it wasn’t there.
My one qualm with this book and the reason that I took it down a half a star is the pacing. Throughout the book, I felt that the pacing was really good, but then the ending seemed incredibly rushed to me. It was another situation in which I felt that we would be left with a cliffhanger and have to find out what happens in the third book because there were so few pages left. Instead, a lot happened at the end that was fast and exciting, but the actual climax was anti-climactic. Had those final scenes been given just a little more time, I think this could have been a five-star read.