November 1, 2012

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Clarke

 Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

 Published October 2nd 2012 by Strange Chemistry

Pirate's tactics you oughta know before we proceed:
Sometimes you got to trust the one one person you don't want to trust.
Avoid lying whenever possible.
Know how to sneak.
Escaping's always easy. Staying escaped is the hard part.
Never trust beautiful people...
Let me start with "I'm ashamed that my expectation for this book was very low, after all I'm not so much into pirates." But hey, what do you know? I enjoyed this book so much that I didn't want it to end. Next time, I will try my very best not to judge a book unless I've truly read and comprehend it.

You don't realize how much you miss something till it comes back to you, and then you wonder how you went so long without it.

One thing that stand out more is the author's writing style . It's beautiful and engrossing, unique and humorous. I couldn't get enough of her words. I just devoured every single page. So this book deals with a young pirate girl, who is suppose to marry a beautiful young man from another pirate clan. But she wanted to captain her own ship, to make it short, she ran away.. But her life didn't bode her well away from the ocean. Naji showed up and turned her life upside-down... more like chaos..
 "They're hired," I said. "They know blood magic." I closed my eyes. "They're the only kind of death."

Our girl Ananna is a 17-year old girl who is very unusual and an entertaining lead character, she's witty and jaunty at most part, which sometimes might give you an impression that the voice is younger than her age. But I didnt mind this at all, infact it suited her well, because this sexy assassin or  "ajadorr'a" Naji (goes fangirling scream) is the total opposite of her, gloomy and a man of no word. Naji is one of those fascinating male character, I just couldnt get enough of him. He is sexy with that scar on his face, doing his blood magic, wearing his sexy black ninja thing,  and blends himself in the shadow... that's him, DARK and ALLURING.

Their paths will cross, neither knowing who is who and an impossible curse will get them stuck with each other until they find the cure to undo this impossible curse... But will they?

 And he started to dissolve, turning into shadows like the ones I'd seen the first time he attacked me. Just like in the stories.
Dark fantasy with an innovative fairy talish plot, this book is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. That ending is also a TORTURE! I need the second book like right now!!!!

Quotes from The Assassin's Curse:

I opened my eyes. Naji was looking at me with little lines creasing the strip of his face, his own eyes bright and sparkling.
  "Are you laughing at me?"
  I lunged at him with an imaginary sword, and this time he really did laugh, all throaty and raspy, and I wondered what I could do to get him to laugh more.
Cockiness is useful to fake on occasion, but it'll only get you killed if you believe it.

Papa told me once that you should never let a door slam shut on you. "Even if you can't quite figure out how to work it in the moment," he'd said. He wasn't never one to miss an opportunity, and I am nothing if not my father's daughter. Even if the bastard did want to marry me off.


  1. Great review i'm so excited to read this book i can't wait!!! and after reading your review i wanna read it even more now!

  2. Great reviewing style! I really enjoyed it and this novel was pretty amazing right? I reallllly loved it and can't wait for the sequel!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. Ooooh, Lalaine! I'm so glad you liked ♥
    I'm super curious about this one, and I've heard the most amazing reviews and and and... wonderful review, L! So glad you loved ♥

  4. I've been wanting this book for AGES. Sounds awesome. Great review!

  5. Naji sounds attractive in another way than the perfect-hot-boy we see a lot nowadays. Annanna sounds lovely too; I love witty heroins. I like me some pirates, arrrrrrrh, so I can't wait! Great review.

  6. Ha, you weren't the only one who was a little hesitant about reading this! I'm not a fan of pirate books either (not that I've read many; they just don't really appeal to me :P), but it's great to hear that you enjoyed this! I admit, the cover put me off quite a bit as well. Thanks for giving me so much to think about, though! The writing really does sound like something I'd enjoy and the characters sound great. :)

    Awesome review, Lalaine!

  7. I've heard great things about this book and I'm so loving the sound of the story! Ananna sounds like a very fun character too so I can't wait to meet her ;)

    Awesome review, Lalaine ♥ Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Kind of ashamed here, too. I did judge the book by the cover and I don't know, I expected something like... Aladdin retelling with a dash of pirate girl instead of princess to make it more hip? Now I see I couldn't be more wrong! Ananna sounds nice in those quotes, Naji totally hot, and--well, yeah. I want to read this one.

    Thanks for sharing!


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