The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Book Review

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Synopsis: After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Date Published: June 18, 2013

Date Read: January 17, 2016

No. of Pages: 330

Source: From dear friend Krish.

 

REVIEW

It’s like eating a stuffed-crust pizza, every bit of it is soooooo good. 

I started reading The Pirate’s Wish with the smallest of expectation. The first book the Assassin’s Curse left me welling up with too much frustration over the male protagonist – Naji. I could very well remember how my eyes rolled so much. He needs to redeem himself on book 2 or else I will definitely lose it. So I approached this second book with trepidation, cautious enough to not let the actions of Naji affect me. Surprisingly, this book redeemed itself, what with all the issues I had on book 1, the book made a promise and f*cking delivered. Finally everything is falling into their rightful place. I am one happy reader once more, less of pulling my hair out and even lesser eye rolling. Haha.

Let me first comment on the character build-up. Oh boy, it was really one of the best character build-ups (?) I have seen for a looong time. You can really notice the changes in the character, how they evolved and made wiser decisions but still staying true and consistent to their own selves. It was never monotonous! The characters will always surprise you one way or another. Especially Naji, he did redeem himself, he acted more as protector of Ananna than the other way around, and I also get to see the extent of his magic and more information or back story of The Order, I wish there was more to it though. And Ananna stayed sassy and kick-ass all throughout. Though she was sometimes like a love sick puppy, which annoyed me a few times, but it isn’t something I could not handle. It was still good, all things considered. And can I just say I love love love loveeeeeeee the manticore! She made the book all the more exciting and engaging! Sometimes I continue reading just because I wanted to read more of her. Cassandra Rose Clarke should write a separate book about the manticore and I will devour it *pun is super intended* hahah I’m so punny. I also loved how all the characters and what happened to them are explained clearly. Like what happened to Ananna’s parents, Queen Saida and Marjani’s backstory, I truly commend how lgbt aspect was inserted to the book, the manticore’s story, Jeremy, the Order, the Confederation, and all the important details are presented in such a clear and convincing manner. It’s like you are getting so much out of a 300-page book. It was short but all the necessary information are condensed into this beautiful story  that will leave you satisfied.

I also commend the author for giving more power to women. The feminist in me is very pleased. (I don’t want to dwell much on this because it will come out as spoiler, but I hope you will see this aspect in the book.)

And yes, I will not forget to praise the world-building. I’ve mentioned in my review of the first book that Cassandra Rose Clarke made this beautiful world that was so vivid, as if I am watching a movie, this continued on on this book, and this time even better. My imagination was running wild, I loved every bit of it. Especially the fight scenes, how action-packed everything was. How badass the characters came to be and how the whole story revolved to finding how the tasks are to be accomplished. I loved how clever everything was made, how it was perfectly plotted, how it doesn’t feel forced. Again, how everything fall in their rightful place.

The romance!!! Ahhhhhh. I live for this kind of romance – the mature and unselfish kind. The kind of romance where you meet half way, where you decide on something and make it work. I loved how the romance did not happen on an instant, how gradual yet surely it all unfolded. How it didn’t feel rushed or unripe. It was just right, just what the story needed. It was complicated yes, add the fact that Ananna was always so insecure and having all these doubts about Naji loving her back, but I guess it worked for me. It made their love story a little cuter and swoon-worthy. The romance in the book happened in a slow manner, yet it will hit you with so much force you may not fully recover from it. I am actually hungover, I want more of them. I demand a third book haha!

It was over all amazing! I highly recommend this one! This book made it to my top fantasy books. I enjoyed every bit of it. What I would trade to read it for the first time again!

RATING: rating_5stars 5/5

“Love is a wound,” the assassin said. ” Neither life nor death.”
― Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Pirate’s Wish

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Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Book Review

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Synopsis: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn’t really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

Date Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Number of Pages: 298

Date Read: January 14, 2016

Source: Gift from my dear friend Krish

 

Review:

Gripping with superb world building!

I would admit that the  sole reason I want to have a copy of this book is when I heard that the storyline of it is quite similar to that of The Kiss of Deception, a bride fleeing on her wedding day because she doesn’t want to be wed off to some stranger. I really enjoyed The Kiss of Deception, one of my favorite reads of 2014 and so when I heard Assassin’s Curse is quite similar to it, I knew I had to read it.

Assassin’s curse made me want to read more about pirates and assassins. The world building was just exceptional. I could picture everything vividly. This book is seriously begging to be made into a movie, because why the hell not. As I was reading the book, I felt the Pirates of The Caribbean vibe to it. It was as magical and as fantastic as that movie and I really enjoyed the fast-paced and action packed entirety of it. I could  not also discount the fact that the author had this beautiful way with words making all the scenes more alive in my head. I was quite literally playing a movie inside my head. The constant change in the setting from dessert to sea then to a mysterious island appealed so much to me, I loved how I was sometimes holding my breath, as if I was really there. The change in the scenery did so much to my imagination, I loved how books can do that, how it constantly surprises you of the different places being described.

The plot was somehow unique, I never quite read anything like it before. I’ve mentioned that Kiss of Deception was similar to it, but as I read Assassin’s Curse the two books are different from each other. Both are amazing in their own right.

And yes I think I have found a new favorite female protagonist in the character of Ananna, oh boy she was one hell of a kick-ass heroine, she’s determined and just plain awesome. She could literally take on anything. I loved how the author did not describe her as someone so beautiful and all the cliches existing in the literary world, she was as ordinary as one can get yet holds flare and sass within her that is very palpable you just could not ignore it. Ahhh, she was just amazing, I love her character so so much!

Now Naji, he annoys the shit out of me. I had to refrain from rolling my eyes too much or else I would look like someone having a seizure. Seriously, I have never been annoyed to a male protagonist quite like this before. He was too weak, figuratively and literally. I hate the fact that he always looked like he was dying.

SPOILER!!!!! He was supposed to protect Ananna but hell, it was Ananna who has been protecting him the entirety of the book. I was welling up with so much frustration towards his character. The book should very well be about Ananna saving Naji’s life over and over again. end of SPOILER!!! 

If it weren’t for Naji and the few issues I had I could have given this book a solid 5 stars. So what are these issues? Maybe the whole back story of the curse, I mean it was mentioned, yes, but I was expecting more from it, I didn’t feel the seriousness and weight of the curse. I was just hoping for more, like the whoa factor. It fell short. Also I was confused as to the extent of the power of the Mists, I mean there could have been a lot of opportunity for them to strike, where Naji and Ananna are at their weakest, but they are not there. I mean I want to see how powerful they could be, I was asking for so much more and I didn’t quite get what I was craving for. So here I am hoping Pirate’s Wish would be better and for the love of Kaol, Naji please redeem yourself. Be the male protagonist everyone will root for.

I want to know more about the Confederation and the Order, so yeah I am excited to start The Pirate’s Wish. If you love action, your imagination running wild and a kickass heroine then this book is definitely right up your alley.

Rating: rating_4stars

“You don’t realize how much you miss something till it comes back to you, and then you wonder how you went so long without it.”
― Cassandra Rose ClarkeThe Assassin’s Curse