The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)
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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, 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...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
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Above all else, this is a pretty satisfying conclusion to a story that began not so long ago with one runaway pirate bride on a camel. I thought I would have to wait a whole year to find out how the dreaded Assassin’s Curse was dealt with, but lo – the internet is generous to me. I read this book in about four noncontiguous hours of metro riding and would have happily holed up with it somewhere if I’d had the chance. It was a quick, enjoyable read. However, this second installment was not as enj...more
Katie Stout
The Assassin's Curse was one of my favorite books I read last year. It blew me away with its originality and creativity, and it had me wishing there were pirates and assassins in every YA high fantasy. So when Strange Chemistry emailed me about digital copies of The Pirate's Wish on NetGalley, I freaked out. I NEEDED this book to be good. And it so was!

Cassandra Rose Clarke has written two books that are crazy original. A lot of high fantasy (specifically in YA) is really similar - medieval-esqu...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book IMMENSELY.

You know a book is good when you try to think of how to do it justice in a review and all you can come up with is something like this:

Since I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review I’ll try to abstain from that and use actual words to describe its epicness.

The first book, The Assassin's Curse, ends with our main character, Ananna, stranded on the spooky, mist shrouded Isles of the Sky with Naji, the perma-grumpy assassin forced to p...more
Rating: 2.5 Stars

It seems to be a trend this year that every series finale disappoints me, in one way or another. As such, it was probably foolish of me to expect any better from The Pirate's Wish, but I did. I had high expectations for this novel - very high expectations - and while I certainly enjoyed the quick read it provided, it isn't the memorable novel that its predecessor was. And, frankly, I think this conclusion could have been better - a lot better - but I suspect that those thoughts...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Assassin’s Curse, not even close, I was still very much looking forward to The Pirate’s Wish. If there’s one thing I admire about Clarke, it’s that you never know what to expect with one of her books. She takes risks and they usually pay off.

Compared to The Assassin’s Curse, The Pirate’s Wish showed significant improvement in narrative structure. While the first book started had a promising start, only to flatline after the first few scenes, The Assassin’s...more
4.5 stars

Good grief these books are good. If you haven't read The Assassin's Curse yet then away with you! Shoo!

There is so much to love here. Gutsy heroine, surly but loveable assassin, amazing world building. I really hope Clarke has more stories for this world because it's too rich to be done with.

Like the previous book this book sucks you in from the first page. Nothing lags or drags. Everything is punchy and awesome. I loved the new characters. Manticore! And I loved how each of the imposs...more
Oceana Fern
Jan 23, 2013 Oceana Fern marked it as to-read
Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.


What 'romantic tension' are you talking about?

Ananna and Naji never even had any in the first place. I have more sexual tension with my fish.

I still want to read this, though.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Warning: Many teasers in the review.

I have some very conflicting feelings about this book. The rational side of my mind says,"That is so expended" but the reader in me snarls back in contempt,"That's what makes it so awesomesauce. Using so many cliches and still managing to produce a very, very fine book is the mark of some fairly clever author skills."

And my final verdict is to kick out the annoying rational side. I did have problems with this book but nothing that thirteen hours deep sleep an...more
3.5 stars

Following in the footsteps of The Assassin’s Curse (the first part of this two-book series), The Pirate’s Wish delivers an original and adventurous tale that is (wonderfully) quite difficult to predict. Our pirate and assassin duo provide as much entertainment this time around as they did in the first book, now finally setting off to break the curse binding them together.

From this point forward, and as so many of us have been anticipating, the romance develops into something more substa...more
The Pirate's Wish was one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. And I'm thrilled to say, it did not disappoint and was everything and more than I had hoped it would be.

A novel can pretty much rise and fall for me depending on my relationship with the main characters. Do I like them? Can I sympathize with them? Do I relate to them? Do they get to me?
Considering Ananna is a pirate, and I love pirates (in fiction) to death, that pretty much sealed the deal for me. To be honest, I was a little unde...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I should have expected this book to be bad. It's not like I ever love sequels or the final book in a series as much as I love the first book. They're often not worth the wait in any shape or fashion. But for some crazy and illogical reason, I did expect THE PIRATE'S WISH to be as enjoyable as THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE, if not even better. Instead, it failed me in many aspects.

The story takes place only a few days after the events of THE PIRATE'S CURSE leaving our favorite heroes on the island, trying...more
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: spoilers

Book 2 wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be after reading a negative review. Make no mistake. The book was bad, but it was not insufferably bad. I credit my endurance to my love of manga.

+ the characters

Ananna was a complete brat. I went from liking her in book 1 to hating her in book 2 in one second. She showed no appreciation for the food Naji brought to her, the concern he showed for her, or protection he provided for her. She whined about everything. She threw a tantrum vi...more

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Spoilers below.

Unfortunately, she was pretty annoying in this book. What happened to her? All she thinks about is Naji, and I'm freaking tired of it. What's up with the sudden "I love you"s? I thought she only *liked* him in TAC. Ugh. Despite that, she kept on whining about loads of stuff, for example, Naji doesn't love me back, Marjani should be asking about the starstones, Naji doesn't want me, Naji this, Naji that, it's getting old. I really really couldn't sta...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
I was absolutely convinced The Pirate's Wish was a middle book. Completely 100% believed it. But apparently, this story was a duology not a trilogy. Here's the thing; The Pirate's Wish is good. As a reader my needs were completely met by the end of this book. But if you're expecting something as great as The Assassin's Curse (reviewish thing here), you need to pull in the reins of your expectation.

Personally I like raging Ananna. I can see the problems that other readers would have with her. She...more
Olga Godim
This book is the second part of the story that started in The Assassin's Curse. I’m not sure those two should’ve been separated. They have the same lead characters, and the story line continues uninterrupted, as if the heroes went to sleep in book #1 and woke up the next day in book #2. I’m glad I started reading it as soon as I finished book #1.
In this story, Ananna and her pet assassin Naji continue their quest to get rid of the curse that binds them together. For the history of the curse – s...more
Julia Graf
I'm so sad this was only 2 books, I somehow thought it would be a trilogy! I didn't want it to end. I fell in love with both the characters, and the really imaginative story, full of fantasy and unique worlds and ideas. It was anything but cliché. The ending was both sad, but also fitting - I liked how it ended! Just wish there was more now.
Jul 30, 2012 Marielle marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-now
I might die if I don't have this soon. It might actually happen. GAHHHH. This will be me when it comes out: [image error]
Isa Lavinia
Jul 02, 2013 Isa Lavinia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Ysabeau S. Wilce's Flora Trilogy
Okay, I was wrong, turns out I didn't want them to be just friends!

I love this book!
Why is it that I can write a whole testament on how much I hate a book but I can't write a single coherent sentence on how much I love a book?

Well, I love this book so much I don't know what to say!

Just go read it!
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I plan on doing a series review! AHHHHH it was so good!
Last year, The Assassin's Curse blew my mind with its creativity. I have been waiting on pins and needles for the next installment, The Pirate's Wish, ever since I finished that last page of The Assassin's Curse.

The Pirate's Wish starts off right after the events of The Assassin's Curse. Ananna and Naji are still trapped on the island looking for ways to get off of it, as well as ways to break Naji's curse. Sure, Ananna knows (or at least thinks she does) one way to break one of the three impos...more
I really enjoyed the first in this two-book series last year, so I was more than willing to dive into the second one. Orange is not generally a color I like on a cover, but I think it really works here. I honestly had no idea what kind of creature was being featured there, but after finishing it I can safely say that it's a manticore. I may have heard of them before, but I still needed the author's description to remember what they looked like (and, of course, the picture helped). They're defini...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Strange Chemistry for giving me this book to review.

Ananna and Naji are still stuck on the island and have to complete the three impossible tasks to cure Naji which are, touching a starstone to his skin, create a life out of violence and have a true loves kiss. However, Ananna knows that not all the tasks are impossible as she loves him. Now with the help of fellow pirate Marjani and a mantic...more
Pirates, Manticores, Magic - how can you go wrong with that? Part II of The Assassin's Curse was an action packed, exhilarating read.

Fans of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse will be very happy to hear that the sequel The Pirate’s Wish is even more exciting than the first book. The Pirate’s Wish starts off right after the events of The Assassin’s Curse. Naji the cursed assassin must complete three impossible tasks to rid himself of his curse. He and Ananna are marooned on the ever-cha...more
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
I heaped a lot of expectations onto this book, I had a dream list of things I NEEDED for this book to deliver. And while nothing happened as I had imagined- so many unexpected things kept my nerves on edge or butterflies a fluttering- this was an absolute wish fulfillment.

New characters gave this second book a new feel and new dimensions. And Annana felt so real and so human in this book, so much like the first, readers will sympathize with her insecurities, hurt pride, fear, and embarrassment....more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A fantasy world filled with wonder and amazement from the point of view of a pirate and an assassin.

Opening Sentence: “ Do you feel that?” Naji asked.

The Review:

In the second book of The Assassin’s Curse series, Clarke does not disappoint with The Pirate’s Wish. She has brought me back to this world of wonder and amazement. I discovered Clarke on a random browsing of a catalogue. The cover intrigued me and I decided that I had to read it. I...more
Cassandra Rose Clarke lässt mich einfach nicht los. In den letzten 10 Monaten habe ich alle ihre Veröffentlichungen gelesen - das hat angefangen in der Fantasywelt von "The Assassin's Curse", und führte nach dem Science-Fiction Abstecher "The Mad Scientist's Daughter" über die Kurzgeschichte "The Witch's Betrayal" wieder zurück zu Anannas Perspektive in "The Pirate's Wish". Ich kriege einfach nicht genug.

"The Pirate's Wish" fängt da an, wo "The Assassin's Curse" aufgehört hat - das macht auch Si...more
Janice • The Demon Librarian
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Pirate & Assassin Love

One of my favorite fantasy books of last year was The Assassin's Curse. I fell in love with Ananna and Naji and was absolutely beside myself with excitement when I received the sequel, THE PIRATE'S WISH. I was actually in the middle of another book at the time and dropped it like a hot potato, because I couldn't wait another second to read about my favorite pirate and assassin's continuing adventures.

The sequel picks...more
Flavia (OddCloud)
Actual rating: 3.8

While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t as good as the first one. The intensity is still lacking, I got the same vibe of innocence from it, despite the fights and blood and overall violence. I do believe that Ananna’s feelings for Naji are real, as are his. But the transition from “wondering” to “being” in the case of their relationship is too sudden. I felt like in those movies when the girl is hanging by the pool-side and somebody drags her in the water out of the blue (me bei...more
The Pirate's Wish is a continuation of the story from the first novel, The Assassin's Curse. This duo of books started off as one large book that they decided to split into two. The story itself is one that's simply so much fun. Pirates, sword fighting, blood magic, incredible mythical creatures and unrequited love. It's been said before but it reminded me a lot of the The Princess Bride. I'm a sucker for unrequited love and the particular type of angst that accompanies it.

On Annana, I should s...more
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summe...more
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“You might as well get used to it."
"What, fish? Trust me, I'm plenty used to fish."
"No," he said. "Letting me protect you.”
“I loved him more fiercely than I'd love anyone. But he didn't love me back.” 1 likes
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