Hello happy readers! Another day late post, sorry but I didn’t have the pictures I needed on my flash drive and wanted to wait until I got home and had them. Since I am after all hosting a much deserved giveaway for a signed copy of the book I’m reviewing! All the details will be at the bottom. The book in question is A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi. Now this isn’t a traditional sequel more of a companion book featuring another character, the little sister of our MC in the previous book. Now there are some spoilers to the first book in here so I would still suggest reading in order but that may be my OCD talking. I reviewed the first book here. I received a digital ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Rubies
First can we just take a moment to really appreciate the beautiful cover? It is beautiful. And so is the writing in the world full of magic. We follow Gauri princess of Bharata and Vikram prince of Ujijain a neighboring land. Both want to lead their people but have their own road blocks. Gauri starts out a prisoner of Ujijain and Vikram is to kill her but he has been invited to join the Tournament of Wishes and needs a partner. Gauri doesn’t trust magic but she has no choice as things unfold. The competition will last a month in the mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. The tournament is anything but easy and will push them toward all sorts of dangers and trials testing both body and mind.
Gauri and Vikram were so much fun. They were so different in many ways like how Gauri is a weapon she is battle tested and ready for a fight and Vikram is less prepared for a physical altercation but is sharp as a whip and cunning as they come. They both aspire to rule their respective lands, to be better for their people and stopping at nothing to make it happen. They have the same drive and determination even if they go about things differently. This made them a great pair for the tournament balancing out one another. It's this same balance and chemistry that made the romantic tensions between them sizzle from the start. I loved how they grew to know one another and was on edge wanting something to happen between them! Then when you add in Aasha, a vishakanya, and her sisters really gave another level to the story. I found myself rooting for her as well.
The story was really beautifully written and such a joy to read. I highly recommend both books and while I say read them in order you can read either as a stand-alone is a huge plus. Someone will be getting a signed copy of A Crown of Wishes alone with some tattoos that the author was handing out at her signing. So the giveaway will stay open for two weeks winner on the 24th. This is open to the US only, sorry but international shipping is a beast! I have some more giveaways coming up since I've had some pretty awesome signings happening so cheers and stay tuned.