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The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Aug 08, 2012

really liked it

I received this as an arc from NetGalley. There is an increasing number of assassin books in the young adult arena and I was happy to see The Assassin's Curse added to the heap. Ananna is a fun tomboy pirate in a land that reminds me of somewhere off the coast of Northern Africa and while she sees herself taking over the family trade becoming a pirate captain of her own ship someday, her father feels differently and promises her in marriage to another pirate family. Ananna decides to leave and is then cast away from her family and has an assassin set upon her by her fiance's family. The assassin, tattooed hunk Naji, is saved by Ananna instead of killing her and an old curse is set into motion thereby connecting Ananna and Naji to each other. While they run away from other assassins and magic beings trying to find a magician who may be able to lift the curse, they begin to grow more attached to each other and dare I say it.... falling for each other. The story moves very quickly and has just enough pirate stuff balanced with just enough magic to appeal to both types of readers. The only thing that bothered me about Ananna's character was the voice- she is intelligent enough to learn complicated navigation but speaks in an uneducated slang. You imagine her kicking the dirt barefoot and picking her teeth and nails with a
pocket knife. I am looking forward to the next installment in this imaginative series.

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