Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke {REVIEW}

Book Title: The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Adventure
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
                       by Strange Chemistry

Previous Book in the Series: The Assassin's Curse (#1)


Blurb:
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.
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I'll try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. But if you must read this, just go and finish book 1 first. Shoo.

Ananna.

One of the good things is that her character doesn't undergo any major changes. She's still a spit-fire. You'll often feel like she's just wasting both her and Naji's time by not paying attention. But it's obvious to come from the girl we witnessed in The Assassin's Curse, who keeps her characteristics intact, almost. The thing that bugged me is that how she changed in terms of romantics feelings somewhere along the road. I get that she loves Naji. But you can't seriously feel like everything relies on your feelings being reciprocated by a guy, at least that's not supposed to happen to Ananna I believe. Her language however, may seem rough and often quite hard to digest. I faced that problem. But come to think of it, it is supposed to suit her character, the gravelly language and gestures. From that pov, this is not supposed to be flaw, rather a trait of Ananna, making her yet again quite different from any traditional heroine.


Naji.

I like him and didn't like him at the same time. As a character, he is great. Really. He is an Assassin and supposed to be like what typical assassins are. Yet, his human emotions keep showing, from book one to this. It's kind of unique, to see the hero acting helpless or lost or the poor guy in distress, so you may sometimes feel a little overwhelmed at such re-occurrences and get annoyed. Since that is something I liked, I am perfectly fine with Naji's characterization. However, him developing feelings suddenly for Ananna didn't seem totally convincing to me. But that may solely be my problem:p

Other characters and everything else.

Almost equally good. The author is really successful in the portraying the supporting characters. Be it Marjani or Ongraygeeomryn or anyone noticeable, you get fascinated by them, intrigued by them, and it's really not easy to actually fascinate or intrigue people just by putting up a bunch of characters to make up a story. The author does her job with real finesse here.

The whole plot, the journey of Ananna and Naji, the fights that are shown- all of them are really really wonderful. Like I said for the previous book, the setting contributes a lot to the story. I love how everything is so beautifully portrayed. Overlooking the minor issues, I really like how Naji and Ananna's journey and relationship is developed throughout the book. If you have read and loved The Assassin's Curse, do NOT miss it! 

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