(The Star-Touched Queen #2)
by Roshani Chokshi
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Publication Date: March 28th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy
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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. (Goodreads)
I went into A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi thinking that the book was a sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, which I read last year and really enjoyed. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was actually a companion novel instead. Either way, I was super excited to finally read the book, as I had my eye on it for quite a while, and I was curious to see what it was about. This book is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017 so far!
As I mentioned above, A Crown of Wishes is a companion novel to The Star Touched Queen. This is the story about a story about Gauri, the princess of Bharata, who is also the sister of Maya in the first book. To be honest, I didn't remember much about Gauri at first, and unfortunately I didn't have time to reread the first book before starting this one. Luckily there were plenty of reminders in the book to refresh my memory, and I quickly fell right into Gauri's story.
One of the things I love most about this book is our two main characters; Guari, the princess of Bharata, and Vikram, a prince from the neighboring land. These characters really made the book for me. I loved their snarky sense of humors, and the fact that they made me laugh so much throughout the story. I found myself totally rooting them on as they played the game, and I enjoyed that the story is told from their alternative perspectives. I also really loved Aasha, a secondary character in the story, whom is probably my most favorite character in the story. *grin*
I'm always a little nervous when starting the second book in a series, as it could either be really great, or totally not great at all, so I was curious to see where this book would stand. I was not disappointed at all! The storyline for the book was definitely entertaining, and I loved the 'game' part, which reminded me a little of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The game was very interesting, as I never knew what to expect, and was always wondering what was going to happen next. I would totally not have survived these games if I were participating. Just saying.
Overall; I really enjoyed A Crown of Wishes a lot more than I expected to. The characters were great, and the storyline was entertaining and captivating. I'm not sure if there are going to be more books in this series, but I'd really love to see these characters again. Do check out The Star-Touched Queen AND A Crown of Wishes!!