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Nearly every character was flat and two-dimensional - especially Leila, a river nymph who's only purpose was to spite Ananna, sabotage them, and act like a high-school bitch. No one gives a shit about Leila, right? Because there was no point in having such a flat character. While various bloggers and reviewers found Ananna to be a hilarious badass, I can barely even express my hatred of her. The world revolved around Ananna and her constant complaining about how ugly she was irked the crap out of me.
Now, Ananna was also very realistic, and a survivalist, and I appreciated that. But when she's throwing quotes like these out, I lost all the remaining respect I had for her: She's beautiful. It means she ain't trustworthy Beautiful people, things are too easy for 'em. They don't know how to survive in this world. Somebody's ugly, or even plain, normal-looking, that means they got to work twice as hard for things.
For anything. Just to get people to listen to 'em, or take 'em serious. So yeah. I don't trust beautiful people. First of all, Miss Pineapple yes, her name means pineapple in French , you ungrateful little girl, 'beautiful people don't know how to survive in this world'? That's the most ignorant thing I've read this year. And I don't think life is going to be any easier for, let's say, a model gang-raped and murdered.
Don't trust good-looking people, guys, because they'll all stab you in the back. I can't stand heroines without a backbone: Heroines who have absolutely no confidence in themselves, and most of all, I can't stand damsels in distress. Hi, I'd like to introduce you to Naji. Please meet the weakest, blindest, most sensitive, mysterious, and unconfident hero in young-adult literature I have read to date. Just because you're a guy doesn't mean you get a free pass on this bullshit, because I am not sexist, believe it or not.
Having a hero who looks at themselves in the mirror and goes 'boo-whoo-whoo, I'm so fugly', is just as frustrating as having a heroine who does it. I would literally not be surprised if Naji looked at himself in the mirror and imagined that happening. As part of the curse, Naji is supposed to 'protect' Ananna, but it really just ends up as Ananna going all Avatar on his ass. Except that it wasn't scarce, like in Avatar, and it definitely wasn't as sexy as that scene.
Sure, Naji had an excuse for being such a damso-in-distress - using magic took up his energy and life force. I want a guy who can take care of himself and a girl who can too. Having a girl constantly protect a guy, and vice versa, is equally tiring. And there was one area that had me tearing my hair out: But when I'm told that it's a swooning romance and it's actually a nonexistent, ill-founded, unrequited love, I am going to get annoyed.
I was promised some damn romance and I was lied to, because there was no chemistry, no kiss, and no attraction at all. How about you just tell me that they're friends in this book, and in the next book, tell the truth? Literally, the closest thing to 'romance' was their bickering, and it wasn't even good fighting. No romantic undertones, no fun bantering. A lot of people adored it, and I'm sad to say that I was not one of them. Perhaps the second book will be better, because I'm fairly certain my co-blogger Lisbeth will murder me if I don't start loving the series.
View all 33 comments. May 28, Jillian -always aspiring- rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Yes, please! Who wouldn't want to read a novel that seems like what might have happened if someone like Tamora Pierce had written Pirates of the Caribbean? As often as I've been burned by false promises in novel synopses, I need not have worried with this novel: The Assassin's Curse fulfilled its promises and managed to soar above and beyond my expectations. In a world where a Pirate's Confederation rules the seas and assassins stalk the shadows, Ananna of the Tanarau finds herself in a precarious position: Rather, she wants to be the pirate captain, leading her own ship and crew.
Even though Tarrin promises that his family will send an assassin after her if she were to leave, Ananna takes her chance and escapes her arranged marriage Through a series of magical mishaps, the unthinkable happens: What good can come of these happenings?
The first thing that really struck me about this novel was how subtle yet fascinating the world-building was. For one, I don't think I've read a novel recently that managed to contain so many culture cues and nods without being overwrought or feeling too authorially maneuvered for diversity's sake.
Here everything felt natural , even with the shadow-traveling assassins who reminded me of ninjas at times and blood magic and mentions of mystical creatures. It was one of those worlds I never wanted to leave because it seemed so full of possibility.
Of course, Ananna herself really stole my attention.
Recently, I've found myself really admiring narratives that manage to capture a character's specific voice Moira Young's Blood Red Road and A.
Gaughen's Scarlet come to mind , and I can add The Assassin's Curse to the list because this novel also bears quite a distinctive voice in Ananna. Beyond that, though, she's the kind of heroine who's really fun to follow because she does things.
Ananna doesn't wait for people to do things for her or protect her instead, she's usually very opposed to these things because she was raised to take care of herself in dangerous situations , and she's a whole spectrum away from passive. It's also quite interesting that Naji seems to bear quite a bit of insecurity, all born from people and happenings in his past. Usually in various media not just YA novels we see male characters who are confident, most oftentimes bordering on arrogant, yet rarely do we ever see the ones who bear self-esteem issues and quite a bit of uncertainty.
In that respect, Naji seemed very "real" to me as a character, especially in how he acted and interacted with others. Though the novel undoubtedly had flaws, I'm probably too close to it right now as far as "book infatuation" to point them out and note them in this review. The ending came far too abruptly for my liking, though that's likely due to the fact that I really, really wanted a resolution Oh, crap, now I have to wait for the sequel. I guess my reaction only gives more testament to how much I really enjoyed this novel and how much I look forward to the sequel, The Pirate's Wish.
Needless to say, I feel that The Assassin's Curse is definitely a notable addition to YA fantasy and one that I hope fantasy fans will flock to read and devour come October. It's a fun novel that should quench any reader's thirst for magic, pirates, assassins, and a world where the possible and impossible twine together. Here's hoping that Ananna and Naji's journey will enchant other readers as much as it did me.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. View all 5 comments. May 05, Maureen rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. Jun 12, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: Then you need to read this book. Do you like Grave Mercy , but wish it had more actual murder and a less prim heroine? Do you like Blood Red Road but wish it had a plot that actually made sense? Do you like Jacky Faber, but wish she would just grow up already?
Then you definitely need to read this book. This book is an absolutely entertaining, fun ride that swept me up onto the back of a stolen camel and never let me go. I finished it in one day and it was one of those completely pleasurable, huge-grin-on-my-face reading experiences.
And every once in a while, I am very pleasantly surprised. I actually requested this for a very random reason: This book did not disappoint. Ananna is smart, tough, practical, and resourceful. She's not a gorgeous knock-out who thinks she's plain. She actually spends the majority of this book in men's clothes. Her voice is a complete delight to read, but more than that - she feels like a real person. Ananna wants nothing more than to be the captain of her own pirate ship and sail off into the sunset.
Unfortunately, her parents have other ideas: Ananna wants none of it, so she escapes on the day of her betrothal by making use of the thieving and trickery she's been specializing in since toddler-hood.
Naji, the dark Assassin, mysteriously scarred and covered in magical tattoos, trained in blood magic, is a fantastic love interest. Quite the contrary, in fact - he seems to be completely oblivious to her as a woman, which is hilarious. My one criticism is that this book is so short and there are so many things left to be explained — it feels unfinished. It feels like half of a book. Damn it, waiting a whole year to have any resolution between these two is probably going to kill me.
Because sometimes a romancey pop song just feels so right. Seriously Naji…think about it. Also seen at The Readventurer. View all 11 comments. Mar 02, Ronak Gajjar rated it it was ok Shelves: Magic - Check! Pirates - Check! Assassins - Check! The Hero with worst past - Check! Guns - Check!
Swords - Check! Machines - Check! Poor world building - Check!
Controversial reviews - Check! Weird comparative Metaphors - Check! Ah, I know! Nothing happening at all like all the times and our female protagonist - Ms. Ananna is so dickhead to even think for once. God knows why how many times she chilled to her bones?
The only reason that held me or I suppose my lifeline for this book was the Assassin Naji. I am sure an idiot to continue this series but I cannot stop a series in midway! I am ready for some more torture where I will keep on picturing the dumbass heroine as a pineapple! View all 14 comments. Jun 13, Stacia the club rated it liked it Shelves: Give this at least 3 chapters I can't remember where I got hooked, but it took a short amount of time.
But when it happened, I was all in. It was sort of like when I read Graceling and felt like the story didn't really start until Katsa and Po hit the road. That's what happened to me with Assassin's Curse. Things start to pick up when Annabanana uh The girl saves the bad-ass, scarred assassin. From a snake. Hence, the curse. You know the, "oh crap, you saved my life, so now I'm bound to protect you" curse?
Which makes this hi-lar-i-ous because he was supposed to off her. But, enough summarizing of the first few chapters you know me, I'll never spoil anything that happens past the first small section. Let's break down the writing style.
This reads like a subtle fantasy. Sure, there's magic and assassins and mystical, far-off lands I honestly expected this book to lean more on the guy-appeal side. Although, I can admit to being just a little bit girly, so I will never turn down a chance to swoon inside of my head at the mysterious, scarred, bad-ass man.
They come from somewhere. Maybe I just want my travel time to be wrought with Percy Jackson-eseque adventure. Who knows? There was enough that I did enjoy about Assassin's Curse , so I'll gladly continue with the series. Strong Points: Nobody's perfect in this tale. And he started to dissolve, turning into shadows like the ones I'd seen the first time he attacked me.
The room got darker and darker and his tattoos glowed brighter and brighter. Weak Points: Some of the descriptions were lush and fell in line with traditional fantasy storytelling, while other descriptions and speech felt almost crude and post-apocalyptic in nature. The lead female has moments where she speaks like someone out of Blood Red Road.
I was taken aback for a second when the word 'bullshit' was thrown in. When the action happened, it was great. When it wasn't happening, not much else was happening. For me, the strong outweighed the weak, so I will call this book a good time. I'm guessing the next installment will be even better. This book was provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
View all 13 comments. May 21, Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it Shelves: A very unusual fantasy, with a female pirate hero and a brooding assassin male hero. You have to know I loved it because I gave it a quote for the cover!
May 07, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book has been making the rounds much more than I would have thought, considering it's published by a new indie publisher. But honestly, The Assassin's Curse is one of the best debuts I've read all year. I've been saying for quite a while that what YA needs more of is pirates.
There just really aren't that many. And I mean, come on.
Who doesn't love a good pirate? And the pirates in Ms. Clarke's book are epic. Think Pirates of the Caribbean 3, with all the different pirate lords getting toget This book has been making the rounds much more than I would have thought, considering it's published by a new indie publisher. Think Pirates of the Caribbean 3, with all the different pirate lords getting together. Our MC Ananna is the daughter of one of these pirate lords, and she's about to get married off to the son of another pirate lord.
Too bad she's not much into arranged marriages. I really liked Ananna because she's spunky and feisty, but she also had genuine fears and weaknesses. I don't like a lot of kickbutt heroines because I feel like they turn into Wonder Woman, and who wants to read about that?
But Ananna could kick butt AND she had personality. But, y'all. Why has no one thought to mix pirates and ninjas in a YA book before?! It's like the quintessential question: Cassandra Rose Clarke answers with, "Who the eff cares?!
I used them both! I tried to figure out what sort of folklore she could have used to base her world in, but I totally gave up. It's like a mixture of Arabian Nights and "Pirates of the Caribbean" There are also some rather steampunk elements in the story, thrown in for good measure.
The adventure took prominence over the romance, as well, which was refreshing. Ananna and Naji sort of hate each other at the beginning of the book, so I was worried that the relationship between them wouldn't be developed very well. But it's actually very slow, which was great. I also liked that the love triangle was opposite from what we're used to: At first, I thought this was going to be a standalone book and I was sort of pissed.
But it's since then been announced that this is the first in a series, so YAY! This is a book like no other YA book I've ever read, and I'm really hoping that it'll start a new trend. Please bring more pirates into YA! And ninjas! And Aladdin-esque settings! We shall all thank you. View all 12 comments. Jun 12, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: This, ladies and gentleman, is how you write a spectacular debut novel.
I fell in love with the character interaction and rich world that Clarke had created and I am already eagerly anticipating the sequel of thi This, ladies and gentleman, is how you write a spectacular debut novel. I fell in love with the character interaction and rich world that Clarke had created and I am already eagerly anticipating the sequel of this fantastic story.
Seventeen-year-old Ananna, the daughter of a rich pirate lord, wants nothing more than to become captain of her own ship, sailing the seas with a crew of her own. However, when she is forced into marriage with a boy she does not love and barely trusts, she does the only thing she can think of — she runs away.
Pirates, however, are not known to be forgiving people and before she knows it, Ananna has an assassin on her trail. Naji, the enigmatic assassin who is sent to murder Ananna, is victim to a terrible curse causing him to live his life protecting Ananna and forcing him to experience severe pain when she is away or injured. Yet, as time will tell, there is more to fear on their adventure than pirates and assassins and their deadliest threat may come from what, to Ananna, is completely unknown… In all honesty, the plot of this story reminded me a lot of Brightly Woven.
Both novels feature a tortured male protagonist who is suffering from a curse and a female protagonist who is forced to remain with him, slowly falling in love with him as time passes.
For one, Ananna is an admirable heroine. Although she comes across as young, juvenile, and even quite less-than-kick-ass at first, that quickly changes. There is simply something about tortured characters that rips out my heart and tears my soul, making me sympathize with and eventually fall head-over-heels in love with them. Naji was no different. At first, Naji can come across as cruel, strange, and even hard to like. However, Clarke does a spectacular job developing his character as we progress through the story.
Naji, despite being a handsome man, has a scar across his face which disfigures him, causing him to be extremely self-conscious. What I loved most about it though was how Ananna found it in herself to love him and see him for all his positive aspects rather than his ugliness, murder, and killing. The romance in this book is very subtle and slowly creeps up on both Ananna and the reader. Gushing aside, I still had a few qualms with this book.
This lack of information did not hinder the story in any manner and was, in fact, probably a very calculated writing maneuver as the narrator, Ananna, obviously knows about the world she lives in, but as a reader I found myself wishing there was more importance given to the world-building aspect of this story. I definitely think we will be getting a lot more information about this world and the multiple detailed intricacies of it in the sequel, but this all goes back to another issue with this novel: This was a true page-turner.
By pacing I mean that there was a flood of information given to the reader during the first few chapters and then the plot took over and there was more information-dumping in the last chapter. It is entertaining, filled with heart-pounding action and characters that you cannot help but love.
Even though this novel comes across as juvenile in some parts, I think it is an excellent addition to the small cluster of good YA fiction out there. Plus, who can resist that beautiful cover? You can find this review and more on my blog, Ivy Book Bindings View all 25 comments. This book could never have a girl in a pretty dress on its cover. Call it a personal flaw if you will. For a trained assassin, Naji acts far too much like a twelve-year-old boy, and his behavior was just too off-putting for me.
He takes the whole broody-and-mysterious thing just a bit too far. After an excellent introduction in which our heroine, Ananna, escapes an arranged marriage on a stolen camel of all things, the usual narrative structure quickly becomes neglected, if not altogether abandoned. Instead, the book just sort of ended at a pretty random place, there was no real climax and the resolution never came.
A few questions were answered, but nothing was actually resolved. They serve different purposes, and they are both excellent, each in its own way. In other words, it is different and useful, but by no means impenetrable. I just felt that there were enough positive reviews out there and that I could afford to be brutally honest and critical.
I love it! View 2 comments. First of all: I've always been a sucker for pirates. Not those ones Nope. Hell, yeaaaaah! Guybrush Threepwood powaaaa! Oh, well. Moreover, I have enough emphasized my taste for independent and courageous heroines.
So here's my reaction when I read the summarize: Several tasks to perform? And as if that were not enough, I read: Where can I throw my money? Here I am. If you're not as excited as I was, perhaps you won't think like me.
Even if that someone is a murderer and a liar. Hell, murderers and liars used to sing me to sleep. And the least one can say is our heroine isn't pleased by the fate her parents chose for her. Like, not at all. Her only option?
Like a boss. This is the book which I need it in physical form no matter what.
This is the book which worth a place next to my Lord of the Rings trilogy on my shelf. This is the book which needs to be read slowly because you don't want it to end. This is the book which I'll re-read over and over again in my lifetime until the cover eventually falls off.
This is the book I want to marry. I don't care if I die alone with 72 cats. This is the book which left me lost for words. I have nothing bad to say about it! Now, how the hell I'm going to write a review if I like everything about this book? I know, I know I mean, I expect nothing less from an author with mitochondrial as her twitter username. Ananna is hunted by the groom's family when she decided to escape the wedding day.
During the confrontation between Naji and Ananna, Ananna accidentally saved Naji's life which resulting in an impossible curse inflicted onto Naji. Consequently, Naji is bound to be with Ananna all the time to protect her, otherwise he will experience great physical pain. Together they cross the desert, the ocean and a magical island on a mission to break the curse.
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