Thursday, December 12th 2013
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: June 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Stranded on a dangerous magical island, Naji and Ananna encounter foes at every turn. But as they make their way off the island, and find a way to break Naji’s curse, they may realize that nothing ever goes as planned, including falling in love.
Okay, not going to lie. I PLOWED through this book after reading The Assassin’s Curse, which I loved. And The Pirate’s Wish is perfect ending to this duology. Ananna is still feisty but through the second book, we see her mature and experience some growing pains, including some very humiliating situations. My heart went out to her every time.
Naji is an assassin, eager to rid himself of this curse. But, like most boys, he’s confused by the growing affections he has towards his friend Ananna. And their relationship for most of the book is filled with misunderstandings and strenuous encounters.
Marjani is still leading her crew, and taking care of Naji and Ananna. She’s a wonderfully warm and human character. Her motherly advise and sweet talks with Ananna allow us to see both of them as complicated women and Marjani anchors the other characters, who are so seeped in magic, to life/warmth/heart.
Oh, and I’m not even going to start on the manticore. Hilarious.
I totally fell in love with these characters and honestly, I’m sad to leave them behind!
The plot moves just as fast as the first book. There’s adventure and pirates, princesses and shady crew members. Most of all, this book is filled with creativity! Strange hybrid animals and machines, the settings and enemies are so much fun. It’s Pirates of the Carribbean with magic.
And most of all, I loved the ending. I thought Clarke did a wonderful job staying true to her characters, creating the right balance of sacrifice and happiness. I wish there were more adventures!
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed these two books. I hope you give them a chance. I know I will love to re-read them.
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome Like Cookies and Ice Cream