okay i love this book the first one was amazing and if no one has read that book first but this one i suggest you do so it really drew me in and made me feel i was there! the first one The Star Touched Queen was a bit graphic but the book, once again drew me in!!!
OK, I had to deal with some disappointment at the start of this book. Unfortunately, Maya and Amar are not the subject of Chokshi's sequel.
Fortunately, Chokshi's duo in this novel was just as charming (maybe even more so) and certainly found their way into my heart.
In "The Star-Touched Queen", Roshani Chokshi debuted her unique style. In "A Crown of Wishes", she refined it. I liked her first book, although at times the imagery could be a bit... much. Her prose has improved in her second book.
I loved Vikram and Gauri- probably more than Maya and Amar, actually. They were both sassy and courageous, and REAL. They dealt with internal struggles of arrogance, self-doubt and criticism, apathy, and regret. Both characters grew in a wonderful way.
Chokshi mastered the art of retelling folk tales in a manner that situated the characters well.
Honestly, I can't wait for her next book!
I was glad Chokshi could bring it closer together in the end. Did not like this book very much...
The typical sequel isn't ever as good as the first, but for me this book was far more memorable. Two partners in a deadly game must each face their own insecurities and fears together, win a wish that could change their lives forever. Guaranteed nothing, but with the loss unimaginable, a fraud prince and a shunned princess learn through the ups and downs that "hey, life is tough, but things could be worse." In this Indian mythology spin, intricate plot loops are weaved with the backdrop of the magical world and the Night Bazaar. What do you have to lose when you think you have nothing left? Perhaps more than you could have ever guessed. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Beautiful story! loved the ending.
Roshani Chokshi’s beautiful writing weaves a magical tale. She creates a vivid, fantastical story world, and the relationship between Gauri and Vikram adds just the right amount of humor and romance to the story.
Whoa. I wanted magic, I want adventure, I wanted romance, and Chokshi delivered.
Plot: To be honest, I thought A Crown of Wishes was a sequel to The Star-Touched Queen and I was unsure if I wanted a continuation of Maya's story. I then learned how to read a synopsis, and was pleasantly surprised that A Crown of Wishes followed a whole new set of characters but remained in Chokshi's magical realm filled with Indian folklore. A Crown of Wishes read very differently from The Star-Touched Queen. It was filled with laugh-out-loud humor, daring escapes, riddles, a swoon-worthy romance, and I'm convinced that it was sprinkled with pixie dust.
The novel opened with Vikram, a young man who wanted to lead a country and not just act as a puppet for his father's council. His complete opposite was Gauri, Maya's younger sister from The Star-Touched Queen who grew up in hostile conditions. The two together set off to a magical realm to participate in the Tournament of Wishes to have their dreams come true. One of my major concerns for A Crown of Wishes was the pacing because it was what stopped me from fully falling in love with The Star-Touched Queen, but A Crown of Wishes flowed wondrously. Much like a fairytale, Chokshi was able to subtly give clues about what was yet to come and always keep the reader wanting more.
You may be asking yourself, "so Amber, do I need to read The Star-Touched Queen before jumping into this book"? Technically, no you do not; however, I highly recommend it. A Crown of Wishes features characters from The Star-Touched Queen and it takes place in the same world. I think it would help you enjoy this novel more once you have that backstory.
Characters: Oh Vikram and Gauri, where do I start? These two are hot and cold; oil and water; night and day. Vikram was more of our dreamer, he was eager to believe in magic and wishes. Because of his easy belief, people tended to underestimate him, but Vikram had an equally sharp tongue. That's probably the only thing he and Gauri had in common. Gauri lived her life sleeping with one eye open and attempting to better life for her people. She was ruthless, but knew how to apply her makeup flawlessly. When put together, they were absolutely charming. Nothing but sass and witty banter to help you fall in love with them over and over. And their love story was swoon-worthy I can tell you that. All you slow-burn lovers, this book is for you!
Worldbuilding: The Star-Touched Queen's writing was something to drool over and A Crown is Wishes is no different. Thanks to Chokshi's beautiful prose, I was able to vividly picture the world. It was filled with fun magical creatures that reminded me of the Iron Fey series.
Short N Sweet: A Crown of Wishes is perfect in every way. I hope Chokshi blesses us with a Gauri/Vikram novella one of these days.
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