Friday, May 31, 2013

ARC Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Title: The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Source: Strange Chemistry via NetGalley
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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.
Review by Nara

The Pirate's Wish was certainly a nice finish to the Assassin's Curse duology (which was supposed to be one humongous book- good thing Clarke decided to split it up). Before starting the book, I was quite intrigued as to how Naji and Ananna were going to break the curse- specifically how they were going to do the three impossible tasks, which were (a refresher for those who can't remember from The Assassin's Curse):
1. Experience true love's kiss
2. Hold the princess' starstones skin against stone
3. Create life out of violence

Well, the true love's kiss was obviously going to be from Ananna...I mean, come on! The princess' starstones was definitely not so obvious and life out of violence- RIDDLE TO THE MAX. They actually solved the tasks in order of difficulty (I don't think that's a spoiler, it's pretty obvious they were going to break the curse at some point) and I think that was quite a neat way of building up the tension and not go with the cliched "true love's kiss at midnight finally breaks the curse!"

Clarke creates such memorable characters- particularly the manticore with the unpronounceable name (Ongraygeeomyrn if you want to try it out, thank god I'm not a vlogger...). Easily the most memorable character though, was our narrator Ananna. She has a very strong, distinctive voice with a colloquial style which makes the novel very readable. The dynamics of the relationship between Naji and Ananna were a bit weird, at least from Ananna's point of view: it was a bit "FRIENDZONED!" then suddenly "I love you!" (Although as the reader you can sort of pick up on the things that Ananna doesn't or that she notices but dismisses, and you know, it's kind of obvious that Naji likes her.)

THE SHARKS! Oh my God, the sharks! I literally burst out laughing when they appeared (not a misuse of literality). To understand what I'm talking about, read the book. Seriously, that part was absolutely hilarious.

With the conclusion of The Assassin's Curse, I'm definitely looking forward to Cassandra Clarke's next duology- which is going to be set in the same world as this one! So excited, because there are so many different facets of her world that can be explored. PARTY!!


Overall: 9/10
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 4/5


  1. I had no idea there was going to be more books set in this world! I really loved this series and was sad to see it end. Although I'm happy Naji and Ananna got their sort of HEA =)

    1. I really liked the ending- it perhaps wasn't as conclusive as I would have liked, but it was still nice :)

  2. I did enjoy the first book in this duology. I'm always iffy on the inconclusive endings. It really depends on the story. But I'd be willing to give this sequel a chance since I enjoyed book 1.

    1. It's definitely worth reading! There are definitely some times where inconclusive endings suck e.g. Requiem, Inheritance but in this case, it wasn't bad!