Book Review, cassandra rose clarke, the assassin's curse

Book Review: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Title: The Assassin’s Curse
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 320
Series: The Assassin’s Curse #1
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

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.

My Thoughts:
Ananna was 17 and the daughter of pirates. She loved the sea and the pirate life, but her parents tried to marry her off to another pirate clan so she had to leave. It was risky to have the first person voice have Ananna’s accent (improper English with ain’t used throughout). I think it worked pretty well. The voice was definitely unique. Would I want every book I read to talk like that? No, definitely not. It would get old really fast, but for this book it worked. Ananna was so brazen, funny, tomboyish, and tough. She could also be kind and a fiercely loyal friend. She really grew on me.

Naji was interesting and very mysterious, but the romance was painfully slow and aggravating. The swearing annoyed me. I felt like it was frequent, but I guess it could be compared to a PG-13 movie. The ending was frustrating, but honestly I’m hooked.

This was a great book, very unique and exciting. I will definitely be reading book two when it comes out next summer.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( mention of breasts, whores, and lovers )
Language: moderate ( h***-24, d***-22, sh**-10, a**-3, bi***-2, bloody-1, f***-1 )
Violence: moderate ( magic and knife fights, blood, wounds, murder )
Other: mild ( she steals throughout, drinks rum as a teen but not same standards as our culture and time )

I received the book from Strange Chemistry via netGalley. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Assassin’s Curse

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine , where we spotlight a book we are anxiously waiting to be published.

The Assassin’s Curse
By Cassandra Rose Clarke
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: October 2, 2012

Ananna of the Tanarau is the eldest daughter of a highly-ranked family in the loose assortment of cutthroats and thieves in the Pirate’s Confederation. When she runs away from the marriage her parents have arranged for her, they hire Naji the assassin to murder her.

When a mysterious woman in a dress shop offers her magical assistance for dealing with the assassin, Ananna accepts. She never went in much for magic herself — she lacks the talent for it — but she’s not quite ready to die yet, either. Unfortunately, the woman’s magic fails.

Fortunately, Ananna inadvertently saves the assassin’s life in the skirmish, thus activating a curse that had been placed on him a few years earlier. Now, whenever her life is in danger, he must protect her — or else he experiences tremendous physical pain. Neither Ananna nor the assassin, Naji, are pleased about this development.

Follow Annana and Naji as they sail across the globe, visiting such mysterious places as the Court of Salt and Waves, in their desperate effort to lift the curse. Soon they will discover that only by completing three impossible tasks will they be able to set themselves free.

I saw this last week, and the cover really stood out to me. Isn’t it cool? I love the font. I like the summary too. An assassin goes from attempting to kill her to being forced by a curse to keep her alive, very interesting. I look forward to reading this one.

What books are you “Waiting On” today?