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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    The Assassin's Curse was exactly what the cover and synopsis pro

    The Assassin's Curse was exactly what the cover and synopsis promise, an adventure. Cassandra Rose Clarke has recreated the feeling of fairytales such as Aladdin and Mulan and basically delivered an addicting and all consuming novel called The Assassin's Curse. The two main characters are a pirate and an Assassin. The originality of the premise and characters as well as plot in this novel is what really set this novel apart from the usual adventure novels.
    The protagonist, who is a daughter of a powerful pirate family ends up running away from an unwanted marriage. The family of the groom send an assassin to murder her because the shame is apparently too much for them. Now the twist that happens is that she ends up saving the assassin's life and causes the emergence of a curse. Naji, the Assassin now has to protect Ananna's life. Here is when the adventure to break the curse begins. Of course the adventure begins from the first page of the novel and I loved how we are dropped right in the middle of the action from the get go. Ananna is a great character; she is strong headed and doesn't go along with anyone's plan for her life, not even her parents. However I think my favorite character of the two is Naji. I just really sympathize with him at the beginning and I just love how even with his hard exterior, he isn't the dark brooding type, he isn't even labeled as an assassin's version of a bad boy. He is sweet, caring, and just all around a true gentleman, which ironically contradicts his profession. I just loved their growing fondness of each other over time and I just always hoped for more from those two together!
    Cassandra Rose's writing is engaging and makes you totally connect with the characters. I honestly couldn't put the book down and kept on sneaking in reading breaks whenever possible. While The Assassin's Curse doesn't go that far plot wise, I felt this book was more about the character growth than the actual plot progression. The ending just made me want more and I can't wait for the release of the second book in this series and continuing on the journey of this odd partnership between a pirate and an assassin.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    The story of The Assassin¿s Curse begins when Ananna runs away f

    The story of The Assassin’s Curse begins when Ananna runs away from her arranged marriage.
    It took me a while to warm up to Ananna. She came off a bit arrogant, but as the story continued,
    I began to see her grow into her responsibilities. What I loved most about her was her ability to respond
    to anything and everything. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.

    Before her encounter with the assassin, a strange women gave her potions that was said to help her.
    Not knowing the full extent of the magic, things went wary and resulted with Ananna becoming
    attached to her assassin due to his curse. Naji, the assassin, and Ananna were constantly butting
    heads while on their search to break the curse. It was interesting to see the change in their attitudes
    about each other as they continued their journey.

    There were many parts in the story in which I wanted more detail. I enjoy fast-paced stories, but the
    days moved so fast that I lost track of how many days have passed.

    The Assassin’s curse told a great story with many adventures and strange character encounters.
    I will definitely be waiting on the next novel.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    ¿You don't realize how much you miss something till it comes bac

    “You don't realize how much you miss something till it comes back to you, and then you wonder how you went so long without it.”


    Before starting my actual review, I actually want to apologize first for this very late review. I mean very veryvery late review. I did not expect to be this busy when I entered second year and things just piled up and I can’t really read this as fast as I can. So yes, I apologize for that.

    Well, starting my review, I must say this is my first pirate book. And since I told you I was busy, I don’t have that much of an expectation. So where do I start…

    The author started the story with the main heroine being whisked of by her influential pirate family into marriage to a very handsome pirate named Tarrin. Feeling betrayed by her parents and not wanting to be married to someone like Tarrin she run-off by riding on a camel. So basically, Ananna, the main heroine is very headstrong, free-willed and sharp tongued and I really like her. This is because while I’m reading this book on her point of view, you will see how strong she really is but she’s not that typical “Mary-sue” character because she has her insecurities. She’s insecure with her beauty, at some of her decisions and a few things here and there. She’s also brusque to a point that you don’t want to cross her. I don’t want to explain more about Ananna because I really want you to read this story and see things in her eyes. My only downside is I can’t picture her well. The author did not paint her image that well. I kept on thinking how I would paint her in my mind since she’s very negative about the way she looks I’m not sure how to really picture her.

    Naji, on the other hand, is a blood magician hired by Tarrin’s family to kill Ananna for running away from their engagement. Blood magicians in the story are the worst assassins there is, since they can kill without you doing anything. Because of a very simple reason (I won’t tell what that is), he became indebted to his suppose target and the wheel has turned and he is now required to protect his target. For me, I really like Naji with all his angst and all that. He has this deep personality that you just want to slowly uncover. And as time goes by, you would realize that he’s not as indestructible as he is painted out to be as shown on the times that Ananna saved him. Sometimes, I actually think that she’s the one doing the protecting.

    The romance part on the novel, on the other hand, has a very slow but subtle progression that I really like. Ananna’s attraction to Naji is very endearing in a sense and maybe it is due to the character she presented. I’m really fond on the way the author presented Ananna’s feelings and I can’t wait for the next book to read what will happen next.

    There are some parts that are very fast paced and seemed to only center on the two of them. That part has a good side that is making us dig more into their story and a bad side, which, for me, feels a bit unexciting. The dialogues between the major character in the story, on one hand, is very ‘cute’ (not sure if this is the right term to use) because even if Naji rarely speaks and Ananna always hold her one-sided conversation, you can still feel his reaction through small actions that he gives.

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book but I think that it ended prematurely and there are still things needed to be uncovered before the author had ended it. Too many questions are left hanging that I know would appear in the next book but I think she should have included some of them in this book. I think that this part is just scratching the lid of something bigger that is about to happen. But, as I’ve said above, I enjoyed reading this one and can’t wait to read the next one since I think it would more or less have the answers to the questions that was left hanging in the first book. And I have a feeling that the second book would be full of surprises.

    Well, I’m giving this, 4 whale wrecking pirate ships (pardon the pun)

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