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The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry) [Kindle Edition]

Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Book Description

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.




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"Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists!" - Tamora Pierce

About the Author

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop, and she holds a master's degree in creative writing from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons.

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  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGTUUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Gerard
Format:Paperback
The Assassin's Curse is a romantic fantasy staring a hot-headed teenage run-away bride who is pursued by supernatural villains as she falls for a dark and dangerous stranger. A more detailed synopsis of the plot would make the story sound promising, and would likely have sounded great as pitch to a publisher. Unfortunately the execution by debut novelist Cassandra Rose Clarke is sloppy and unconvincing. Her characters lack character, her details lack detail, and the story lacks an ending. It isn't so much a novel as it is a prologue for more books. So, if you are tempted to stick with the story just to see how it ends, as I did, you'll likely be disappointed.

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Character and details are where Clarke really falls down. She has a decent sense of pacing, but her ability to make her characters and world seem believable is lacking, and sometimes inexcusably so. Just a few pages into the story we find our erstwhile bride, Ananna of the Tanarau, escaping an arranged marriage by running off on a stolen camel. She leaps onto the saddle between the two humps and races off, with "me clinging to his neck in my silk dress". Really? Clinging to the neck of a running camel while also seated between the two humps? It is clear that Clarke didn't even bother to so much glance a picture of a camel before writing her story prominently featuring **camels**. Sigh. That is the level of attention to detail that Clarke exhibits throughout the book. And she has a **masters degree** in creative writing, so presumably she knows how to use a library and Google but just couldn't be bothered.

Perhaps Clarke thought that since she was writing a fantasy book she didn't need to do any research or have to know how anything looks or works in the real world. If she thought so she was dead wrong.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Life is a Notebook Reviews: The Assassin's Curse October 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
Thanks to NetGalley and Strange Chemistry for this eARC!

They say that the first few pages of a book will alter your perception of every page thereafter.

This is exactly what happened to me with this book.

In the first few pages, a lot of things happen. A LOT. Usually, this would be a good marker for me. However, the problem was that each and every event snapped my suspension of disbelief and threw me out of the world of the book. If you've never heard the term "suspension of disbelief" before, it just means the reader's ability to believe in something fantastical in the plot or in a character or so forth. In fantasy novels, often if the suspension of disbelief is snapped the reader will cease to believe any plot twist that happens after that point.

And that's exactly what happened to me.

I absolutely adored this premise, don't get me wrong. I had such high hopes that maybe I couldn't help but be let down. But the unfortunate thing about Ananna is that she never thinks about what she does. There is no preamble or thoughts about abandoning her fiance-which, by the way, means abandoning her entire way of life, her family, the sea, etc. She just gets annoyed with her fiance-to-never-be talking, sees a camel and is like "SO LONG, SUCKER!"

It gets worse from there.

Perhaps part of the problem was that the world building was never particularly solid. I got the main points about the world in which Ananna lives-which seems like a darn cool one-but several things I wanted explained never were. In fact, I got so annoyed with Ananna's calm accepting of things being left unexplained (big things. All the small things Naji didn't explain, she shouted "Bullshit!" and got up in his face about it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much fun as reviews led me to think it would be October 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
See more of my reviews sooner on The YA Kitten! I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

And the hype catches me yet again, making me the mouse to its dangerous, cheese-holding mousetrap. With the promise of pirates, assassins, and magic, it lured me in and made me think it was going to be good. Instead, I barely enjoyed reading The Assassin's Curse.

Though Ananna's voice sounded younger than her seventeen years and some of the deliberate errors that give her voice a distinctive quality bug me at times, I like the writing style. It has its snafus every now and then (how does one smile with the skin around their eyes?), but I generally had fun when I concentrated only on the writing. When I paid attention to the subject matter, I enjoyed the novel far less.

There's a fine line between a rebellious character and a bratty character, and Ananna crossed that line soundly. She fusses about everything both worth fussing about and everything not worth fussing about. It gets grating after a while, you know? Naji isn't much better, what with how he never tells Ananna anything. Yet by the end of the novel, Ananna is somehow in love with Naji. How? She details why it seems strange for her to love him by listing his flaws, but she doesn't say a word about his redeeming qualities or does anything to make the reader think she knows him deeply. It's not insta-love, but it sure is baseless love.

One thing that really got my goat was the presentation and characterization of Leila, a river witch and implied former lover of Naji's. Like the rest of the cast, she is two-dimensional, but she is especially bad. She drapes herself all over Naji and plays with him while barely tolerating Ananna and putting her down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very excellent book. Iittle typing errors but easily gotten over
Very excellent book. Iittle typing errors but easily gotten over. If you love action and drama then this is your book.
Published 6 days ago by Yesenia
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings on this YA fantasy
3.5 stars.

My reaction: I felt kind of mixed about this one. The premise — a curse that more or less binds Ananna and Naji — while not new, is a neat way to throw... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Danya (A Tapestry of Words)
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun story and a well imagined world
I started reading this story and put it down, crying, after the opening line because I'll never write an opening line that strong. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book ruined by Women Hating Each Other
Ananna of the Tanarau is hauled to Lisirra to be wed to another pirate lord. But Ananna doesn't want marriage, especially not to a pirate's son; she wants her own ship. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crystal Starr Light
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure with a touch of romance
I really enjoyed it. It was a fun adventure. I do recommend the second book to finish off the story. It makes it all worth it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Hecht
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, For My Taste!
Surprisingly good, for a smaller book. I picked up The Assassin's Curse at a bookstore in desperation of something to read, since I'm so picky about what I read and I'll walk a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by heartofcastiel
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO VERY UNIQUE PROTAGONISTS!
My first thought when I was about thirty percent into this novel was: why the heck have I waited this long to read this phenomenal book?! The Assassin’s Curse simply blew me away! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
4.0 out of 5 stars fresh characters
Went right on to the second book. Really enjoyed the characters and story line, can be a little anti climatic but still held my attention.
Published 4 months ago by jessica lindon
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this read. At first I thought the female pirate was speaking stupid to turn off her suitor...but soon realized that this was not an act. She was uneducated.
Published 4 months ago by Kmc
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Unless you intend to buy the second book, don't start this...
I didn't care care for this book. It is actually one story split into two books and I didn't care enough about the characters or the story to shell out for book two. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. J. Mathews
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