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Today I wanted to give you an unboxing of the March OwlCrate box along with a review of the book that was included!
OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that includes a newly released young adult novel and 3 to 5 bookish items. March’s theme was “Sailors, Ships, and Seas” and contained many seaworthy goodies!
Let’s take a closer look at each of the items!
- An exclusively designed compass necklace for OwlCrate members from The Geeky Cauldron
- A hand-printed tea towel from KitchStudios
- An octopus notepad from boygirlparty
- Mermaid scale washi tape from Simply Gilded
- Last, but certainly not least, the book of the month – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, which also included a signed book plate, letter from the author, and a temporary pirate tattoo
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
The story starts fast and moves quickly. The pacing is fantastic and really adds to the atmosphere of capturing the high stakes race to find the map. As with most all young adult books, there is a bit of romance that develops between Alosa and one of her captors, Riden, the first mate, but thankfully this doesn’t happen quickly. I really appreciated the age appropriate romance that is presented rather than creating these over-sexualized characters that are gradually becoming the norm in young adult literature. This was very much a love-hate relationship that is surprisingly fun and adorable to watch. They keep each other on their toes to such an extent that they begin to respectfully admire one another. And whether they ultimately become lovers, best friends, or allies is yet to be determined, but it does appear that a great partnership is definitely in the making.
This is the author’s debut novel, but honestly, the writing is so fantastic that you would never even know it! There are some paranormal/fantastical elements to the story that are sparingly hinted at throughout, but once the truth is revealed, it packs a great punch for the sequel coming next year. While it’s definitely not a cliffhanger by any means, the ending strongly suggests there is way more to this story. I can’t wait to find out what adventure awaits!
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