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A Crown of Wishes (Star-Touched) Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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Praise for A Crown of Wishes:
Named “One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” by Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, and Bustle.com
"Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship makes this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections."―School Library Journal, starred review
"Chokshi's debut, The Star-Touched Queen (2016), was lush and gorgeously written, and Chokshi has only improved; this lovely companion tale boasts a stronger narrative structure in addition to the delightful prose."―Booklist
"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges."―Kirkus Reviews
"Chokshi revives the luscious and strange setting of Alaka from The Star-Touched Queen pulling in further elements of Indian folklore for creatures both charming and terrifying."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for The Star-Touched Queen:
New York Times Bestseller
#9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next List
Buzzfeed Book of the Year
Paste Magazine Book of the Year
Southern Magazine Book of the Year
Bustle.com Book of the Month
“Chokshi's prose is captivating.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A stunning debut with lush language."―School Library Journal, starred review
"A unique fantasy that is epic myth and beautiful fairy tale combined."―Booklist, starred review
"In Chokshi's prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor."―NPR.org
"Lush and dizzying."―New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
I needed a weekend to figure out my final thoughts on A CROWN OF WISHES. Because, well, I was a bit torn at the end. Especially since it seems like other people enjoyed this companion novel either as much as or more than THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.
On the positive side, A CROWN OF WISHES is just as lushly imaginative, revisiting a few places from STAR-TOUCHED (and a couple characters as well) but focusing mostly on new settings, creatures, and otherworldly beings. Gauri is refreshingly nothing like her sister, TSTQ's protagonist Maya. She's sharp-tongued, logical, and action-oriented - quite the contrast to Vikram, CROWN's other protagonist, who's more pacific, intellectual, and willing to believe in faith and magic. Their playful, often hilarious banter as they collaborate during the Tournament of Wishes highlights how different they are (and how much they frustrated one another at times) without getting old or annoying.
So where did CROWN lose its luster for me? Very early on, actually. Somehow Chokshi's elegant, rhapsodic writing style seemed overdone in this book, and the pacing felt too slow at times. I also didn't sense much danger for Gauri and Vikram during the tournament. Yes, there were obvious threats from the Otherworldly beings. But what about the other human contestants? They never make an appearance, so there's no way of gauging how Gauri and Vikram are faring compared to their competition. So the tournament felt more like a set of trials than an actual contest.
So... yeah. A CROWN OF WISHES was good. Not quite what I was hoping for, though, and not enough to pull me out of my reading slump.
Vikram wanted to be seen as more than just a figurehead for the Council of Ujijain to control. But not having royal blood running through his veins meant that they would always deem him unworthy and never give him the power to rule.
Gauri cared deeply for the people of Bharata. She couldn’t stand idly by while her brother’s callousness, selfishness, and indifference destroyed her home. But when her attempt to overthrow him and take the throne failed, she was banished, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.
Being a champion in the Tournament of Wishes is their only hope of becoming more than their empty titles - the Fox Prince and the Jewel of Bharata. It is the only way they believe they can achieve their dreams. They just need to find a way to trust each other, to pass whatever tests they’re given, and to figure out how to circumvent the rule that says only one of them can leave when the contest is over - that is if they both survive that long.
Roshani Chokshi brought to life a story that is myth and adventure and romance and magic. She imagined a world of injustice and cruelty and one of hopes and dreams and desires and vengeance. She introduced beings of terrifying beauty, those with a deadly touch, those who are cursed, those who long for something they don’t have - fantastical and interesting and bizarre creatures who make this tale fascinating and exciting and absolutely wonderful.
A CROWN OF WISHES will transport readers, with its beautifully written passages and stunning imagery, into both its human and mythical worlds. It will keep them transfixed as Gauri and Vikram confront their fears and put their lives on the line in their attempt to become champions and earn their wishes. And it will make them hope for each character’s happy ending and for the possibility that their happy endings will entwine.
A quick pace, intriguing Hindu mythology, and a riveting storyline make this sophomore novel a must.
[Note: A reading of the first book in the series is not required to enjoy this sequel, but it is strongly recommended.]
A CROWN OF WISHES completely took me by surprise. I was not expecting to like this book since I hadn't cared for THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, but from the very first line it had reeled me in. Gauri and Vikram were phenomenal characters, and I also loved the handful of chapters from Aasha's POV. I'd love to follow these characters anywhere.
The writing was divine. I haven't felt the desire to tab a book in awhile, but you better believe I was tabbing the heck out of this one.
Okay, now I decided to structure my review by going through each of my tags/shelves.
Firstly, we have "stories about stories." This definitely took me by surprise because I wasn't expecting it at all. I thought this was a story about a game or competition. But the power of stories is a huuuuuge theme of the book, and plays a major role in the story. I adore books that manage to pull this off, because it's hard, and can be cheesy or something we've already seen before, since most of us readers already love stories and recognize their power. But A CROWN OF WISHES manages to bring new and delightful observations that add layers to this already intricate book.
Next, "cuddy animals and/or monsters." HELLO BIJU, TRUTH TELLING SNAKE OF MY HEART. omg this one was a surprise. There's also a leopard that deserves serious praise. I just... gah, I love cute animals in books. LOVE LOVELOVE. Oh, and of course the demon horse from STAR-TOUCHED makes an appearance, and I was living for that scene.
Demon horse takes me easily to "sisters omg feels." The brief reunion absolutely gutted me. I try to reserve this tag for sister relationships that rely on both parties being on page frequently, but I had to make an exception for A CROWN OF WISHES simply because that scene was so beautiful. P.s. you can read this book without having read the first one. It's a companion book, not a direct sequel.
I meeeeaaan "I will go down with this ship" is PRETTY explanatory. Vikram and Gauri were a JOY to ship. From literally their first meeting I was 10000000% here for all of it. They have so many wonderful moments. I loved their development, their sass, their kisses. They make me happy.
"Friendship love stories" is a hard shelf to get on for me. It's mainly for ships where the friendship between characters plays a major role and sometimes is even stronger than the romance subplots. But I felt like Gauri's arc relied a lot on her friends, and the complicated events that brought them together, drew them apart, and maybe brought them back together again. But Gauri also becomes friends with Aasha, and I loved seeing them come to understand and cherish each other. I loved this aspect of the book, and found it really well done. Which is partially why I'd totally take another Gauri/Vikram book: more chances to see Gauri's friends. (This also falls in line with "side characters ftw" tag :D)
A CROWN OF WISHES is a stunner of a book, with gorgeous prose, a lush magical setting that is never what it seems, and characters that will keep you hooked to the page.
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