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The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry) (edition 2012)

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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Title:The Assassin's Curse (Strange Chemistry)
Authors:Cassandra Rose Clarke
Info:Strange Chemistry (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
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  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
Please stay tuned for a vlog review. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
Interesting world,but didn't quite feel like a standalone book. ( )
  youkosiren | Aug 22, 2016 |
I had such high hopes for this book.
Female pirate who teams up with an assassin in a cross- desert adventure fighting off evil magic with a dose of sexual attention? Yes please. But, unfortunatley, no it wasn't this.
The world builing wasn't very clear, there was no map at the start so I had no idea where anything was in relation to anything else. There wasn't really any clear infomation about the whole assassin thing, I understand it was meant to be mysterious and some questions were meant to go unanswered, but I was just left feeling like I had no idea what was going on, and where in relation they fit into the world. Like, is there any authority that goes after the pirates? It speaks of an "Empire" speech, but what is this Empire? Where is that? What do the citizens think of the magic and the Mists and how is the assassin magic different? Just so much ????
The writing felt a bit clunky and I couldn't get a very good feel for what was happening. The characters just kind of went from being in one place doing one activity to then be in another in the next sentence. There is no real climax and the book just ends. It feels more like this one book would be a Part 1 section in a much larger book.
It's a real shame, it's such a fun premise but ultimately just falls flat. It would be fun to see what another author like Rae Carson or Sarah J Maas could do with something like this. ( )
  Meg_121 | Dec 12, 2015 |
Egalley thanks to Strange Chemistry

I'm a bit disappointed with this book, folks. In theory it should be brilliant - a pirate girl and an assassin... But in reality, it's a ragged, overly simplified and very short narration of a story that ended so suddenly I had to verify I had the full version of an ebook. Which I did. Perhaps it's meant for a younger YA audience despite that the main heroine herself is 17?

Ananna refuses to marry a fellow pirate's son, runs away without talking to her parents or friends or anyone, when he proposes, and his family sends an assassin to kill her for the offence. The whole situation from the very beginning is baffling... There is no prevarication, gathering the supplies or pleading her case with her parents. She. Just. Runs. For a pirates' daughter she sure acts incredibly stupid.

Naji, the assassin (mysteriously disfigured) has a certain curse on him, which activates when someone saves him, and that someone is Ananna. Now they are both trying to escape people sent to kill her and strange creatures from The Mist that constantly attempt to kill Naji, while our couple is trying to free him from the curse.

Ananna and Naji, they are an odd couple. Ananna doesn't think or analyse much, and we can not get into Naji's head at all. I don't know him. I only know what he does, and it's all just bits and pieces, so I couldn't grasp their characters at all. Naji also acts like a teenage boy incredibly vulnerable about his appearance most of the time although I felt that he should have been older and more mature. He kills people for living. It should provide certain air of soullessness not moping, shouldn't it?

Overall, it felt like I was supposed to like The Assassin's Curse, but I didn't get it. So sorry, guys! I wish you more luck with it than I had. Plenty of people loved it well enough, it just wasn't complex enough or deep enough for my liking. Oh well. ( )
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Pirate princess saves
The life of an assassin
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Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them. -- publisher.… (more)

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