A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: March 28 2017
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s 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 promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Okay, first of all, we need to discuss this cover. Because WHAT EVEN IS THIS. HOW can ANYTHING be so BEAUTIFUL *sobs* I am thoroughly in love.
I read The Star-Touched Queen earlier this year, and while I liked it, ultimately I was left feeling disappointed and just not satisfied! The writing was beautiful (
so was the cover) and that was my favorite part, but I felt the book was really lacking in plot and character development, and really, just substance.
But like I said, the writing was absolutely GORGEOUS and swoony and lush and vivid, so I liked it – but I didn’t love it.
Also the cover was so gorgeous. I just can’t even.
But I am happy to say I ABSOLUTELY LOVED A CROWN OF WISHES. So much, in fact, that I read half of it in library e-book form, then bought it in hardcover and started over.
Also, I should probably stop rambling and write a review.
First of all, you should know that while A Crown of Wishes is technically the sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, it’s also completely its own book. Yes, there are ties to Star-Touched, but you could definitely read Crown without having read Star-Touched.
I think my favorite part of A Crown of Wishes was the characters!! Guari and Vikram were just so much fun to read about, and their banter was just absolutely hilarious. Always.
“’I want you—’ he started.
I glowered, pressing the chair leg into his neck. ‘I would die before I let you touch me.’
‘What an improvement. First it was me who would die. Now it is
you who offers to die before touching me,’ he said. ‘Another man might be insulted. Now, if you would allow me to finish—’
UGH, it was just so CUTE.
“’You’re welcome, by the way, for dragging you back here. I had a couple offers to sell you and almost considered it.’”
“’Intriguing. For how much?’”
“’A bag of gold, the ability to make thunderstorms go to sleep. Something else. Five goats?’
‘Just five goats? I’m worth at least ten. Plus a cow.'”
I AM IN LOVE.
Guari and Vikram also had the cutest hate-to-love romance (this is actually a secret favorite trope of mine) that was so well developed. It never felt rushed or contrived. Instead it was natural and gradual, with tons of chemistry between Guari and Vikram.
So obviously I loved the romance between Guari and Vikram. But I also adored both of their characters!! Each had a vivid, unique personality, and their motives and hopes and everything that made them them was so clear.
The other characters and relationships are absolutely wonderful too. I really enjoyed the complex, horrid relationship between Guari and her evil brother, the raja Skanda. There was much more to it than meets the eye. I also really liked Aasha; a new character that was introduced. She was a vishakanya, a girl whose touch is poisonous and deadly. She had a really complex personality, and her character arc was really well developed and touching. I loved her occasional POV chapters, even though Guari’s and Vikram’s were my favorite.
All the characters were just so well developed!! None of them felt flat or two dimensional, and Roshani Chokshi’s characterization skills have evolved tremendously since The Star-Touched Queen.
There was also really sweet friendship between Guari and Nalini. And there was a really sweet, touching relationship between Guari and her sister. (I can’t say anymore about that because *spoilers*, but, YAY!!) Really, though, there were so many female friendships, and no girl hate at all!! There was this really great quote from Guari:
“…I might’ve disliked some girls for the ugliness in their hearts, but never for the beauty of their faces.”
SO refreshing in the world of YA that is often riddled with girl/girl hate.
If any of you read The Star-Touched Queen, you know how beautiful Roshani Chokshi’s writing is. The writing in A Crown of Wishes was just as pretty, but not quite as verbose, which I think was good, as it allowed for more focus on the plot and characters.
There are quotes like this that are just so preeettty.
“This magic felt like I had glanced at my destiny
sideways, as if I had never seen it for what it was and now the hope of what I wanted most loomed bright and lurid in the corners of my heart.”
And of course the setting, full of beautiful, magical Indian folklore and mythology, was just stunning and lush and vivid. I AM IN LUURVE.Really, though, you have to read it for yourself to see how gorgeous it all is.
But… why just four stars?!? Because apparently I’m an evil goblin with a heart of blackness. Really though, I’m just suuuper nitpicky when it comes to books. There were two things I didn’t like:
- While the writing isn’t as overwhelming as it was in The Star Touched Queen, it still overpowers the plot on occasion. Sometimes, I had no clue what was going on. That’s probably mostly due to the fact I was really distracted, but I do think the writing had an effect on that. I still loved the book always while reading, but that was one small issue.
- It’s just… forgettable. The kind of book you read and swoon over and fall in love with… and then forget a few months later. Now I’m really sad. *sniffles*
But those are just tiiiny little quibbles!! SO GO READ THIS BOOK!! YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!!
Have you read this book? Do you think you will? Are you a fan of writing like Roshani Chokshi’s?? Also, ISN’T THAT COVER SO PREEETTTY?!?