Author:  Cassandra Rose Clarke
Series: (The Assassin’s Curse #2)
Published: June 18th 2013 by
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Categories: Action, High Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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.

Review: I accidentally stumbled across this last night when I’m about to open the book that I was supposed to read that time. And there was a rush of conflicted emotions suddenly filled me, but most of it was guilt since I remember getting approved of this title as an ARC. And took me this long to actually read it. Anyway to make the long story short, I decided to read The Pirate’s Wish instead. I did enjoy the first book and my unexpected re-acquaintance with this series made me remember that.

At the end of The Assassin’s Curse, Naji and Ananna found out the conditions in order to break the spell that bond them. I assumed that if you happen to come across this review you have already read the first one. But in case you haven’t I warn you that there are major spoilers ahead for book one. Anyhoo, to break the spell they must fulfill three conditions. First they must find the princess’s starstones and they need it to hold skin against his (Naji) skin. Second task is to create life out of violence. Lastly and the most controversial one is (which I have describe in my review before that is something came straight out of fairytale) to experience true love’s kiss. Now that is covered all they need to do is to accomplish them. So that’s what journey of this book is. But along the way they stumbled some pretty difficult task in order to achieve their goal. Because breaking a curse? Ain’t that easy.

I guess I have to admit that what I find truly exciting and heavily invested in is if they can break the curse. That’s what all their hardship was for. Chasing starstones, finally understood what “violence” really meant and of course, the kiss. In which according to Ananna is the easiest among the three. Why? She is secretly in love with him. Even though I have no idea when that happened the last time. But Ananna has been pinning Naji the entire time. If I were oblivious the last time, it was the other way around this time. She definitely constantly reminded me of that fact. Like, she was fulfilling the criteria by designating herself to it.  I want to feel the sincerity of her real feelings towards Naji. But on the contrary it is like forcing the idea on me instead of me genuinely feeling it. So it comes out contrived for my taste. While the relationship felt forced, I did like how they come into terms with the relationship. So I forgave the flaws I have encountered during the first and middle part of my reading.

The end is the one that salvaged my almost dismay to the story. I really liked the ending, there’s something about endings that is not entirely filled out but still feel solid. And while it was a happy ending, it wasn’t entirely so, because on how Ananna and Naji decided to do with their lives. I liked their individualities remained intact without a complete sacrifice of their relationship. Yeah, it was really nice.

I received an eARC from Strange Chemistry via Netgalley. Thank you.

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Preview Quote: “For the first time, I understood the difference between leaving and not staying. It was the difference between a snarl and a smile”  — Ananna (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)

08/16/13