{Blog Tour ~ Effie Reviews} A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Posted April 2, 2017 by Effie in Blog Tour, Reviews / 1 Comment

{Blog Tour ~ Effie Reviews} A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

{Blog Tour ~ Effie Reviews} A Crown of Wishes by Roshani ChokshiA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Published on March 28th, 2017
by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: The Star-Touched Queen

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

I AM SO HAPPY I READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!!!

A Crown of Wishes was so wonderully colourful and vivid and GAH I WANT TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND SMELL AND THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS DESCRIBED IN THE PAGES!

I don’t know how the author does it but she swept me up in this new adventure with such gorgeous writing and wonderful characters that I just can’t help but love all of it.

The story unfolds around Vikram, the next Emperor-to-be of Ujijain and Gauri, Maya’s sister that we met briefly in The Star-Touched Queen. Vikram wishses to be more than a puppet-emperor to the Council of Ujijain and when he receives an invitation to the Tournament of Wishes, he grabs the chance to be win a wish with both hands. Only problem is is that he can’t go alone. And who better to accompany him then that Jewel Princess of Bharata held in the dungeons of Ujijain as a prisoner?

As the tale unfolds we see so much more of the wonderful indian-styled world that Chokshi created for us. We see some of the old like the Night Bazaar and also a lot of new things like Alaka, the home of the Lord of Weath and Treasures Kubera and his wife Lady Kauveri.

Everything in this book is described so vividly, colourfully and alive that you almost think you’re inside that wondrous world of magic and danger and riddles. Right there with Gauri and Vikram as they weave their path towards the Tournament of Wishes.

Gah it’s so hard not to blurt out all the wonderful things that happen in this book, like the fact that some of the characters of The Star-Touched Queen making a small appearance. But I really don’t want to spoil A Crown of Wishes for anyone. But I cannot deny the preciousness that is the SASS AND BANTER in this book between Vikram and Gauri. #SASSISLIFE!

I will, however, talk about the characters, because really it should be done!

Gauri is a lot more badass then I remembered her being in The Star-Touched Queen, she’s also stubborn to the point of almost endangering herself. But I liked her so much, she’s definitely not what you’d expect a princess to be and that’s exactly why she’s so awesome. She doesn’t fit the stereotype that goes around a lot, she knows how to fight and she knows loss. She’s a good person but at the same time she isn’t entirely good either. Some of the choices she makes have such devestating consequences and some of them left scars on her. I just really enjoyed reading about her.

Vikram on the other hand, I just want to wrap him up in bubblewrap and squish his bubblicious self until morning come. He’s so sassy and adorable and I WANT HIM TO TURN INTO A PLUSHIE SO I CAN TAKE HIM EVERYWHERE WITH ME! Ahem, so yes, I like him a lot. He’s can also be so wise for his age and at the same be such a boy.

Another character I’d like to say a few words about is Aasha, a vishakanya (aka a woman fed on poison that feeds of off desires) and she’s such an intersting character that I’m hoping Chokshi might make a book about her one day. She’s such a delicate thing for such a dangerous being. She’s also such a curious little thing and really think she should get her own novel. I bet there would be so much more that we could discover about her.

Okay, I’m done now, before I blurt out something I shouldn’t. As I said before, I really liked this book and I hope that other readers will enjoy it as much as I did.

Excerpt

Effie

About Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling. The Star-Touched Queen is her first novel.

Effie

I am a book lover, a writer and an amateur gamer.

I use most of my free time doing either of those three things. When I'm not reading, writing or gaming, then I'll go watch movies with my best friend, Bee or I'll treat myself to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

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