Review: The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

10 February 2014

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)
Title:The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2)

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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 and their wits. But Naji has unseen enemies, and Ananna must face the wrath of the Pirate Confederation.

Together, they must travel afar, defeat their foes and break the mother of all curses. With all this going on, falling in love would be such a bad idea... All of this and much, much more await, in the swashbuckling sequel to The Assassin's Curse.

I will be opening this post with something i never do:


 That's right, i loved this book so much I'm breaking into gif!
But seriously  "The Pirate's Wish" is the perfect continuation of "The Assassin's Curse", this book starts where the last book ended, namely Ananna and Naji stuck together on Isles of the Sky without breaking the curse, but getting pointers on how to break the curse.

With a 3 "Impossible" tasks:
  •  Hold the princess’s Starstones skin against stone
  • Create life out of violence
  •  Experience true love’s kiss
It's doom and gloom for Ananna and Naji who are stuck on the island waiting for Marjane to bring help.
Enter fairy godmother  Ongraygeeomryn, who just happens to be a man eating manticore? She and Ananna hit it off pretty well, after some trickery on Ananna's part.
 She was hilarious, her "helpful" tricks did more harm then good.
There was some awkward tension as a result, and I was ready to throttle Naji at that point. How insensitive can the boy get? 
It was amusing to see that the "normal" girl was the one pining after the boy (in books it's often vice versa) who  in turn is in love with the busty vixen.*breaks into Taylor Swift song*
"You should kiss him, girl-human."

I was overjoyed when Marjani showed up. 

The most diverting part of the story was the pirating, Annana in her element, the sassy Manticore, trickery, adventure, drinking and dancing (what Pirates are all about!)
The romance part was kinda sudden and poorly executed i wished it was more gradual than sudden, but it's Marjane to save the day with amazing advice every girl should get (also hint to YA authors)

 "You don’t need Naji to give you pleasure, and you don’t need Naji to make you happy"
I've been reading reviews on Goodreads, and everyone was raving about how Annanas infatuation with Naji was obnoxiously irritating, which i believe was the authors intention, since Anana herself is pretty much revolted by her behavior,

"I thought about Naji. Jackass. I thought about myself. Idiot"

and maybe that's the point,  love turns us into nitwits , blind ones at that.

To me, the book was about choice. 
The ones you make, be they good or bad, shape you and how you deal with them defines you as a person. 

It was a joy accompanying Ananna in her journey, and watching her grow from a young girl into an adroit woman.
It's always sad to part with a good book so i will just say :

                                                                            Ahoy! lets trouble the water!

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