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Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Twins on "Thursday": The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke

"The Twins on Thursday" is reserved for the Twins' joint reviews. It is a special feature of our blog that discusses books that we either both like, dislike, or have mixed feelings about. This is also the day where we post reviews for books (and ARCs/Galleys) that have been sent to us by authors/galley sites/publishing houses. And because we don't believe much in uniformity, we'll be trying to mix things up a bit by adding random stuff in relation to our review (well, mostly for books we purchased anyway).

Title: The Pirate's Wish
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Format Acquired: eARC
Publication Date: June 4 2013
Publishing House: Strange Chemistry
ISBN: 9781908844286
Source of Copy: Requested from publisher via NetGalley


After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji fine 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 again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna musts till face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naju and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies - and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


The Pirate's Wish starts off with Naji and Ananna stranded on an island, waiting for someone to save them and wondering just how in the world they're going to lift Naji's curse. To break Naji's curse, he needs to rub a princess' starstone on his skin, create life out of violence, and get a taste of true love's kiss (our personal favorite because we love Ananna).

You know that manticore we expected in the first book? You'll find her here. She's got a name we can't pronounce and a diet consisting mainly of human flesh. We found ourselves falling in love with this manticore because of her prissy attitude and adorable comebacks and quirks. It's basically because of the manticore that Ananna gets that much needed push to do something about her feelings. 

Ananna is as endearing as ever. She's finally come to terms with her feelings for Naji - this assassin should just admit that he adores her too so they can live happily ever after - and despite knowing that Naji will probably not return her feelings, she's still determined to help him rather than feed him to the manticore. Naji is still as morose and insecure as he was in the first book but it didn't really irk us because that's just how Naji is. We couldn't help but love him even when we were kind of hoping he would be fed to the manticore after the curse was lifted for not grabbing Ananna and kissing her senseless. 

There's never a dull moment in Pirate's Wish and we found ourselves highly entertained and unable to stop ourselves from finishing this book once we started on it. Naji and Ananna are an adorable pair and the twists and turns of this book kept us immersed in the story. Just when things seem to finally fit right, there were certain other aspects that Clarke had to make us respect to give credence to her characters.

Wonderfully entertaining and worthy of its own theme ride at an amusement park, The Pirate's Wish is exactly what we expected The Assassin's Curse to turn out to be. If you're a bit hesitant because of the first book, pick up The Pirate's Wish and prepare to root for Ananna because it's going to be a wild ride.

The Pirate's Wish is expected to hit bookstands on June 4, 2013.



  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! I could have got it on Netgalley but I wanted to wait and read it as an actual book. I've got it ordered but it's taking ages to be dispatched :(

    1. We're both waiting for actual copies to be available here too. I loved Assassin's Curse so I couldn't really pass up on a chance to get an ARC. :) Hope you get your copy soon!

  2. I enjoyed the first book, and now I really wish I can read this one. I'm dying to know what he does to break the curse. I need the answers to those cryptic riddles.