Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

The sequel to The Assassin's Curse
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.

MY TAKE:
I really enjoyed The Assassin's Curse and I was eagerly awaiting this book.

In The Pirate's Wish, Ananna and Naji work together to complete the three impossible tasks that can break the curse. Along the way, the encounter new characters who can change the course of their lives forever.

While I didn't enjoy this book as much as The Assassin's Curse, there were still some parts I liked. I liked Ananna's friendship with one of the new characters that was introduced. It's an unusual friendship, which is precisely why it works. You don't see a lot of these kinds of friendships in YA books. I also liked the pace at which Naji and Ananna's romance is developing. It's not too fast but it's not too slow either.

What I didn't like, though, was how Naji sometimes acted like Ananna was incapable of defending herself. There were also some moments wherein he acted like he wasn't an alpha male.

I was also surprised at how the tasks were meant to be solved and how they were done. Given that, I wonder what the next book is going to be about.

Thanks to NetGalley and Strange Chemistry for the e-ARC. Publication date of The Pirate's Wish is on June 4, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. Ananna is a tough chick.
  2. There are plenty of strong women in this book.
  3. There are some unexpected plot twists.

THE BAD:

  1. Naji can be annoying sometimes.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
The servants disappeared into the gardens and then reappeared with heavy stone platters laden with fruits and little savory pies and bottles of Empire wine.
READ IT IF:

  1. You liked the first book.
  2. You like strong heroines.
  3. You like pirates and ninjas.

RATING:
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