A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy crap. This was PHENOMENAL. Absolutely a new ALL TIME favorite. Can I give this one more than 5 stars please?
I was a bit nervous going into this one because I had a hard time connecting with Roshani’s first novel “A Star Touched Queen.” It was seriously a gorgeously written book but my brain just couldn’t handle the complexity of the writing. I admired it but I just had a rough time understanding it.
So, if you felt the same way and had a hard time with the first book- let me urge you to give this one a try. First of all, it is a companion novel so I don’t think you even necessarily have to read or have understood the first. I wasn’t lost at all. (But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give ASTQ a try.) Secondly, the writing in this was just as beautiful but easier to digest. The story is still a little abstract at times but I was never confused or lost. I LOVED EVERY SENTENCE. EVERY PAGE. I’m just still blown away and this is now one of my all time favorite books. You can bet I’ll be rereading this over and over.
Here’s a list of reasons you need to read this book…
1. Vikram (see below).
3. Hate to… love? You’ll have to see 😉
4. Gorgeous scenery + culture
5. HOLY CRAP FEELS.
6. Princes. Okay Vikram.
7. Badass heroine (who is fierce, relatable, but makes mistakes.)
8. Unpredictable plot
9. Jaw dropping quotes
10. This book is everything.
Okay back to my review…
What really made this shine was the characters. Oh my goodness they were so much fun. Gauri was a pleasant surprise – a princess in captivity but who doesn’t cower before anyone. This girl has determination, strength, and guards her heart so carefully. She tends to be quite serious and doesn’t accept fun easily. Which is perfect because it isn’t long before she meets and attempts to kill Vikram (the Prince of the country she is captive in) who is witty, hysterical, and fun loving. Not only that, but he’s brilliant. He can legit outsmart anyone. Oh and he’s handsome.
But trust me- that is merely the start of the story. Vikram and Gauri end up having to team up for a competition and things get so interesting. The best part though is their dynamic. They are polar opposites but they find out pretty quickly that they both have similar struggles and passions. Their banter was my favorite part. Vikram loves nothing more than to ruffle her feathers and I loved their chemistry.
All the characters (even the side ones) are so complex and beautifully written. I was just so in love with everything. Where as the writing was hard for me to swallow in the last book- this one was just perfection.
“Humanity has nothing to do with what runs through your veins or shows up on your skin.”
I found myself rereading pages JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE SO GORGEOUS.
“How many times have answers been so simple and yet someone is determined to take the path of thorns instead of roses?”
(Okay I have so much more to add soon..)
I honestly don’t want to give anything else about the plot away. Let it be a surprise. Go in blind. This is all feels and pure fun. I have ZERO complaints. Not one. I can’t even begin to count the amount of smiles it put on my face.