Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Format: Hard cover
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count : 352
Genre : Young Adult , Fantasy,Romance, epic
Reviewer : Taylor
Synopsis Via Goodreads
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
I was so excited for this because I love Roshani’s lyrical writing. Star touched intrigued me so much! Crown did just the same. I loved the two main characters this go about. While on the subject of characters while at an event I went to Rosh said she was inspired by a few things and Beauty and the beast was one. Spoiler alert the beast in this story is Gauri.
Gauri is a bad ass female character who is deadly, beastly, but also feminine! She loves make up as much as swords and even as someone who does not wear makeup much I really loved that about her. She shows a side to female YA characters that we don’t see much which is being able to do both. You can be a bad ass sword wielding warrior but also love feeling beautiful!
Vikram was book boyfriend material at its finest! He is witty, sarcastic, intelligent, and perfect. I enjoyed him so much and again the fact that he showed a different side that YA is lacking sometimes. He was the softer character who was very in tune to his feelings. He used his mind and heart to fight battles. He listened and remembered and I LOVE HIM.
Okay BANTER people! So much cute witty banter. I am a sucker for people who bicker this book had so much of it! Examples below.
“Are you done?”
“May I get up?”
“I see you like your men with their egos gutted.”
“Only when I’m feeling generous.”
He laughed. “My apologies.”
and this one here is my favorite but MAJOR spoiler because it is from the very very end of the book highlight if you want to read…
“I didn’t manipulate. I encouraged. My council does want me to get married. I just thought that we’d grown so used to annoying one another that we might as well do that for the rest of my life and I would have preferred to ask you when you stood in front of me and not through a series of treaties! And I say the rest of my life, not ours, since this just confirms that you will be the death of me. And as for knowing how you felt, I knew because I asked.”
I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE SO MUCH YESSS!
I ended up liking this more than star touched! My only quip would be that it was occasionally slow but not enough to make me lose interest. This is easily a four star