A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

Summary: Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

My Review

5 freaking magical stars!!

And the biggest surprise of the year goes to….

This one  really took me by surprise because I didn’t like The Star Touch Queen at all. A matter of fact I didn’t even finish it at all because I couldn’t connect with Maya, Amar or the story itself even tho the writing was beautiful.. It took me like three times to actually read the first chapter until I decided to get the audiobook which I only made it half way. A Crown of Wishes was a totally different story altogether. Everything from the characters, the story to the writing was so much better in this one! Gauri was such a badass that didn’t play with noone while Vikram’s sass was freaking everything! One of the best things about this book was their banter which had me on the ground laughing sometimes. I just love how their perception of other started to disappear as they started to know and understand each other better thanks to the tournament. This was everything I wanted Caraval to be because the actual tournament was interesting and it had a sense of that everything is not what it seems and someone couldn’t not make out alive. Also Gauri and Vikrum become actual partners who relied and trust on each other as the tournament went which almost remind me of Peeta and Katniss. It honestly remind me of a little bit of Hunger Games without kids killing each other because of a corrupted government. It really cured my disappointment I felt with Caraval big time. So this was the shocker of the year so far because I was not going to read it until someone said it has the ” enemies to lovers” trope that I love so much. Boy, did it! lol All and All it was really good and I recommend it.

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