A Crown of Wishes
She is the princess of Bharatacaptured by her kingdoms enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He ...more
Every single word of this book is exquisite--and the lush, intricate world-building is nothing short of remarkable. (I pretty much alternated sighing over the glorious prose with sighing over Vikram.) Gauri is one hell of a nuanced, badass heroine, and the vivid world she inhabits is full of wondrous magic, deadly intrigues, and creatures from your loveliest dreams and darkest nightmares.
As much as I adored THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, I think I might love A CROWN OF WISHES even ...more
A story is control.
What a gorgeous novel.
A charming, colorful, atmospheric fantasy book, based on Hindu epics. We are thrown into a beautiful, magical world of lush gardens and sweet fruits, spirits and demons, yakshas, rakshas, vanaras...
And my favorite snake-demons, nagas:
The world-building is exquisite, blending so many creatures and legends into one coherent whole. I have just one tiny tiny nitpick. Its so insignificant that its not even worth mentioning, but its a part of a larger trend ...more
Because she writes like a goddess. As long as her stories are as magical as her writing, her books will always be winners (a.k.a. New York Times bestsellers).
Although this is marketed as a ''companion novel'' to The Star-Touched Queen, one can argue quite convincingly that this is more of an ''unconventional'' sequel.
Id go for ''sequel'' myself, because this ...more
Have you ever enjoyed reading a book so much that you couldn't stand it? It fills up your insides, all the way to the brim, and you feel like you could overflow? You like it so much you dont know what to do with yourself? I wish I could somehow show all of you the beauty contained in this book, instead ...more
This book is just as lush and beautiful as it's touted to be, but even more than that it's damned smart writing. The lovely whimsiness (Is that a word? *bangs gavel* NOW IT IS!) of the world-building is reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Laini Taylor, with a dash of A Midsummer Night's Dream thrown into the mix for good measure.
If you enjoy books about sharp young women with even sharper wit and boys who were made to make you swoon, ...more
I was a bit nervous going into this one because while I adore Roshani's writing and imagery, I had a little bit of a hard time understanding what was happening in her first novel (A Star-Touched Queen). If you felt the same, let me urge you to give this one a try! First of all, it is a companion novel so I don't think you even necessarily have ...more
plotwise, this actually reminded me a lot of caraval. but where caraval had a whimsical and carefree feel to it, this was lush in ancient folklore and magic. and even though the ...more
I wish I could give A Crown of Wishes a much higher rating. I even considered setting my rating to a 3.5 star bumped up to 4 stars rather than 3.5 rounded down to a 3, but I think a 4 star rating would be a bit generous and not very honest on my part so I'm just going to set my rating to 3 stars because that's what I feel reflects my true reading experience.
Let me start off by saying that I was not ...more
A crown of wishes is finally here! I love this story so much I feel like making every friend of mine read it. Yup, I am that unashamed *Grinch smile* You haven't started this book yet? What are you doing here?! Run, reader, run and start it right now :D
*Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book!*
A story had no ownership. A story could break its bones, grow wings, soar out of reach and dive out of sight in the time it took just to draw breath. It meant
What was magic anyway, but the world beheld by someone who chose to see it differently?
Biggest lie of 2017
What's with me reading all these disappointing books lately? It needs to stop please. I don't have time for this.
It was actually ...more
1.) The Star-Touched Queen ★★★★
A story had no ownership. A story could break its bones, grow wings, soar out of reach and dive out of sight in the time it took just to draw breath. It meant we weren't walking a cut path. We carved it into existence with every step.
This was utterly enchanting and completely mesmerizing. I loved The Star-Touched Queen when I read it last year, and this story was even better! Yet, this story also made me fall deeper in love with The Star-Touched Queen, because ...more
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How is it even possible that this book is even better than the first?
Roshani Chokshi's way with words blows my mind. She creates such beautiful angelic sentences that have memorized. The characters are ones that I LOVE and although I adored the characters in TSTQ, I loved these even more (yet again how is that even possible). I even loved the romance more in this book.
Since TSTQ was her debut novel, you can ...more
This book was so beautiful and magical 😍😍😍. Honestly, I went into this with little excitement because of how bad i found the first book. I am so shocked by how good it turned out to be. Cant believe its the same author 😂
What I liked
- I loved the otherworldliness of this. This book is about Vikram and Gauri competing in a tournament in which the winners win a wish each. Throughout the competition, theres so much otherworldliness and I loved it.
- l like when books make ...more
SCUSE me as I overflow this review with pretty af gifs of Bollywood movies that I connected to this story (im sure that there are more gifs than words in this :P)
I loved the whole feel of this book and I honestly felt like I was 6 ...more
1. Snarky ship that will own my heart
2. Captivating, enchanting plot
Things this book delivered:
1. Snarky ship that owns my heart
So, was this book good? Yes, it was pretty darn good. But it wasnt fantastic so sit down and pour yourself a cup of tea, lets talk.
- I would die for Vikram, let this be known
- Guari is one of those princess warriors that everyone wants to be when they grow up
- Aasha is basically me the kid has so much dreams but doesnt know what to do ...more
I love love loved Gauri and Vikram. She's stubborn and he's charming and they're adorable. The banter between them is top notch. I was laughing and swooning and gripping the book in exasperation. It's quite a roller coaster.
As always, the story is fantastical and the prose is lyrical. I want to roll around ...more
Whenever you think of Wonderland or Neverland or just anything stupid-beautiful, this book should be the first thing that comes to mind. Actually no, anything Roshani Chokshi has written is stupid-beautiful. It feels like a poem had a baby with a fantasy and out came Chokshi's books. The way she makes you see things is something you will get completely lost in. I found myself wanting to read more of the magical place she pieced together.
Caraval and The Night Circus are two ...more
Vicious and sweet, said Vikram, shaking his head. Beastly girl.
You like me, dont lie, I teased.
I couldnt lie if I tried, he said quietly.
It just so happens that I was given this ARC by the publisher back in December.I just was way too tired and out of it to truly enjoy the lush story-telling of this novel. So every time I would pick up this beauty to read it, Id get distracted or start to fall asleepon the prologue. It was clear to me I wasnt going to be able to read this book while in ...more
"But why settle for a story, when I could start a legend?"
What to say when the book itself floors you with its mesmerizing and beautiful words! This is the kind of book that feels enchanting, comforting, funny, endearing, romantic - and will leave you with a huge smile on your face!
This book is a companion novel to the previous book by Roshani Chokshi, The Star-Touched Queen - so, it's not exactly a sequel. The main characters of "A ...more
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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Book Two of The Star-Touched Queen series
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdoms enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing ...more
It is a carefully-crafted creation of hopes and fears, subtly laced with winsome romance and witty humor, ineffable charms and incredible challenges, each world-building word building upon itself with the precise and ancient symmetry of a mystic maze-like mandala until one realizes they've crossed the magical barrier between reading and reality, where Roshani Chokshi grants the reader the truest wish of their heart by fulfilling the very purpose of the story itself.
I picked up A Crown of Wishes after the fantastic read that was The Star-Touched Queen, and Im glad I did. This is despite the book being a companion novel rather than a true sequel, because while the two may feature different stories and characters, they are the same in all the ways that count in their creative vision and excellence.
Once upon a time in a kingdom called Ujijain there lived a prince named Vikram. Known as ...more
Normally, I get why people adore books that I find utterly lacking but here I'm completely at a lost.
Is it the writing? Which yes, I'll give it that, it's quite lyrical. But prose in it of itself cannot win me over. I mean, what more prose than Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet when at the end of the day all ...more
I literally cannot tell you what went on in this book except for like the first 15% of it?? lmao anyway, this book sucked. I was in a constant state of utter confusion, I cannot begin to describe just how confusing it was. Roshani Chokshi probably over invested in the writing instead of focusing on making the plot understandable and honestly I don't give two shits about beautiful writing when the plot is confusing because obviously I won't be able to enjoy it????
As you can tell I suffered ...more
This story is about two people. A girl, "with blood on her lips and fangs in the heart" also known as The Jewel of Bharata. Gauri is who she's fierce because she's had to become so in order to survive her life with her brother as...more
Vikrams eyes widened. Whats this? Praise from Her Beastliness in the morning? Are you under a curse that makes you friendly before noon? If so, how do we make it permanent?
A Crown of Wishes ...more
I really liked this book and the characters. Its really a great second book to a series and did not fall short compared to a lot of series sequels. Chokshi is an author that I can see myself reading all her future work because she writes such entertaining characters and interesting stories.
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