A Crown Of Wishes by Roshani ChokshiA Crown Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown Of Wishes

byRoshani Chokshi

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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From the author of The Star-Touched Queen comes a beautiful lush fantasy, Roshani Chokshi's A Crown of Wishes.

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.

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
Title:A Crown Of WishesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.44 × 6.36 × 1.48 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250085497

ISBN - 13:9781250085498

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Sheer Fun I had reservations coming into this because Star-Touched Queen wasn't the best. The writing was utterly gorgeous, but it was too much at times that made me confused and took away from the story. I don't know what happened here, but Chokshi toned down the beautiful descriptions to just the right level of *le sigh* and took the story, characters and dialogue up to 11. And, in case you were wondering, while some characters do pop up from the first book, this can be read as a stand-alone without issue. The story was sheer fun and an absolute delight. Magic and monsters, riddles and games, romance and danger. It was exciting and intriguing from the very start and pulled me in deep. Chokshi has a gift with world-building, incorporating Indian myth in a way that is natural and believable. And effortless, I might add. Vikram and Gauri are a wonderful pair of characters. Their banter was probably one of my favourite parts, and I laughed out loud often. The end result between the two (even if you knew it was coming from reading The Star-Touched Queen) was so heart-warming and satisfying. I could gush about them forever, but I'll leave it at that. With this book, Roshani Chokshi has gone from a "meh" author to one of my absolute favourites. I finished this and dipped immediately into the upcoming novella, Star-Touched Stories, and it's only serving to solidify my love for her writing.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Another gorgeous novel with a gorgeous cover to match. Roshani Chokshi isdefinitely becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is absolutely stunning.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS Spellbounding and a truly magical journey with Gauri and Vikram! An AMAZING read with some amazing and frame worthy quotes. I read The Star Touched Queen and instantly fell in love with Chokshi's writing... a must read for those who love adventure with lots of passion.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was better than expected.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD So good, even better than her first. Prepare to escape into a world like non other. Strong female lead, action, adventure and romance!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So GOOD This was such a great novel, I loved everything about it!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete Perfection “He’d built his life on wanting the impossible – true power, recognition, a future – and now magic had found him when he’d stopped looking.” I bought myself a copy of Roshani Chokshi’s The Star Touched Queen last year, and immediately dove in. While the book started off absolutely brilliantly, in the middle, the writing and the magic fused to become a very vague thing which had me not loving it as much as I hoped I would. I wasn’t sure if I would read A Crown of Wishes but Roshani with her One Line Wednesdays, all the bloggers saying it was amazing and also, THE COVER THAT IS TOO GORGEOUS FOR WORDS convinced me to put it on my Wish list, and then the LOVELY folks at Macmillan sent me a review copy! *sends happy hugs* Truth be told, I’M SO SO SAD that this book is over because I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT, and now I’m going to miss Gauri and Vikram SO much. This book was BRILLIANT. I loved everything in it and everything it offered me. Let me break it down for you: 1. ROSHANI’S WRITING: If NOTHING else will make you believe in Magic, Roshani Chokshi’s writing style will. The way she crafts her words together, her descriptions about things both ordinary and extraordinary and just her general ability to bring everything alive on a page is unparalleled. I had at least four moments where I just sat back after a particularly well done scene and just MARVELLED AT THIS LADY’S SHEER TALENT. 2. GAURI AND VIKRAM: I loved these two characters together, but even more than that, I LOVED THEM INDIVUDIALLY TOO. The fact that this story was told from both their points of view, and showed us how they thought, their dreams, hopes and desires separately and then slowly, how they wanted the other was EVERYTHING I was looking for. I loved that there was no real distinction between general male and female roles. At no point was Gauri the weaker one or vice versa, and that the two of them needed each other equally. Their power, their wit and their courage was equally matched, which is just what all fantasies, contemporaries and real relationships need to be. 3. THE BANTER: Honestly, BEST. BANTER. EVER. I LOVED it. They were these two firecrackers being set off by and it was hilarious and filled with chemistry and made their relationship so much better. My heart exploded into feels in the last chapter of the book in the Ujjain gardens because AWWWWW. Seriously, best relationship development I’ve seen in a while. 4. THE PLOT: The plot is only second-best to the magical writing and perfect characters in this book, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t GREAT anyway. I can’t describe it without spoiling the magical journey that Roshani’s journey will take you on, but suffice it to say that IT IS A VERY WELL CONSTRUCTED BOOK. Undeniably magical and witty, A Crown of Wishes is a book shaped masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic return to the dazzling world of The Star-Touched Queen, with an intriguing plot and strongly crafted characters. I was so enchanted by this book. The world is breathtaking, and Roshani Chokshi's writing was even more dazzling in this that in The Star-Touched Queen. Where the first book faltered a bit for me, this one didn't miss a beat. The characters and plot both pulled the story along. One of the marvelous things about this book is that Roshani Chokshi manages to craft a beautiful world and make if feel full, while also giving the impression that what the reader is experiencing is only the tip of the iceberg. The world was my favourite part of The Star-Touched Queen, and remained among my favourite things as I read A Crown of Wishes. The characters were stronger for me in this one than the first book- they were both vivid and compelling, and weren't overshadowed by the stunning backdrop that the world provided. They're interesting in that their goals aren't unrelated and they have a lot of shared character traits, despite being very different people. This story is told from multiple points of view: Gauri's first person POV, and a third person viewpoint. I enjoyed reading both their personal journeys and the development of their relationship. Overall, this was wonderful read! The world Roshani Chokshi describes is vivid and magical, and I was thrilled to see it again, especially through the eyes of an intriguing cast of characters.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful The cover is stunning and the writing is amazing!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Lovely Read The author’s writing was wonderful! Elegant descriptions, smooth narrative, love/hate relationships, great secondary characters… Before you know it you'll be caught up in the tale being spun! A really great read.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 367 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 5 “Magic should consider being less pretentious” (A Crown of Wishes) I loved A Crown of Wishes. If you are a fan of The Star-Touched Queen, I highly recommend picking up A Crown of Wishes. I love Roshani Chokshi’s writing. From what I have seen, her writing is either beloved or confusion-inducing, but I personally love it. It is so beautifully lyrical, and it makes me ache to tell my own stories even more than I already do. With The Star-Touched Queen, I had some issues with Maya for personal reasons, but I had no such issues with Guari and Vikram. I loved Vikram’s wit and honesty, I loved Guari’s ferocity and guarded nature (in fact, I related to it), and I especially loved the banter between them. They are wonderfully complex characters, with faults and desires. I also really liked Aasha. It was truly interesting to see humans from the perspective of someone who longs to be one. It shows you how much we take for granted, like being able to have desires and taste sweetness. The world is so intricately intriguing. I loved being able to see the night bazaar through fresh eyes, especially after reading Death and Night, but most importantly, I loved the Tournament of Wishes. It was just as a tournament for a wish should be; filled with desire, beauty, strange creatures and terror. You truly do not know if Guari and Vikram will make it alive and intact. Reading about these mythological figures has also piqued my interest in Asian mythology. As for the emotional impact, which I always say is the most important part of a book; let’s just say my emotions were sufficiently impacted. My heart was pounding out of my chest, my breathing quickened, and my mouth hung open. I laughed, and nearly cried. My heart felt full. A Crown of Wishes left me with a smile on my face. Overall, A Crown of Wishes was beautifully and brutally wonderful, earning it 5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I really enjoyed this book, although I wasn't expecting to because of the teenage hype. It was beautifully written, albeit a bit naive in its storytelling, and the story interested me the entire way through. Had the scope been just a bit larger, had the author been less pushy about her beliefs, I might have been inclined to give this 5 stars - but even then, the plot lacked that spark that would make it epic. That being said, the writing really was beautiful - not purple, just fantastical and it fit so well with the world she created. As I mentioned in another book, you can tell when the author manages to portray a culture through the voice of the characters. It's so subtle here, but if you are familiar with Indians or their culture you can pick up on it. I'm not talking about through the world, which is obvious, but through the way they speak and act. It's well done without throwing the reader out as being a historical or cultural piece instead of the fantasy that it is. The author is a but heavy handed in some regards when it comes to her opinions that shine through the novel, though. It felt like it was written by a teenager for teenagers with a teenage-like view on the world and very reminiscent of something you'd find on tumblr - naive and narrow-minded. For example, there was no reason to have Gauri written in first person and Vikram written in third person other than to push a feminist lens and that cheapened the novel. Also, while I thought that the contest was just one of many obstacles that would need to be crossed it instead it ended up being the whole plot which just made their major problems disappear (it was pretty much a deus ex machine ending). It cheapened the struggle to have their problems be solved for them, especially for Vikram. Either I missed the explanation of what was in the document or it was left vague on purpose, but I did not like how it just solved everything for him and we didn't even know how. Chokshi may not have the greatest grasp on storytelling in general, so it's good that her writing shone through as the main point of attraction. There were a couple of things that annoyed me detail-wise, and one was when Vikram was taken away by Gauri's beauty after she made herself up "for the first time". It wasn't for the first time, it was the second (the first time was when they entered the palace; we don't count her being made up at the start of the novel as that was someone else's doing). In contrast, there is one part where it's mentioned that there's too much almond in something hinting at cyanide poisoning - and that isn't mentioned directly at all, leaving it be an easter egg of sorts to people that understand that. These little things make a novel great and it's good to see that the author has more than just pretty writing to show off. The writing really was what made this novel great. It's far from a 5 star novel, but there's just enough in there that makes it super enjoyable and I can't wait to pick up the author's other novel to be able to enjoy this writing style again (and it's about the forgettable sister, too!).
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love The Fox Prince can charm his way out of anything. He can spin a tale so intricate that can enchant anyone. His words are his weapons. The Jewel of Bharata is a mighty fighter. She doesn't trust anyone or anything but herself. On the surface Vikram and Gauri appear to be different but if you look closely you’ll see that they’re two halves of the same coin. They both want the same thing: freedom. An unlikely alliance is formed by two people who were destined to meet. They're complete opposites, but you know what they say... opposites attract. Roshani Chokshi's lyrical prose captivated me and brought me to another world. This story takes you on an insightful journey. I throughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee ~This book demonstrates the danger of desire and the immense power of a single wish. ~ A Crown of Wishes is full of intricate and magical world building that presents a vivid and imaginative story-line. Chokshi provides readers with two main characters. The first, a warrior princess named Gauri, is a bad-ass heroine who strives to save her people from oppression. The second, an adopted prince named Vikram, wishes for others to see the potential his brilliant mind possesses. We are also introduced to a wonderful secondary character, Aasha, who I hope receives her own story in the next installment. Both protagonists enter a tournament similar to Caraval, where they compete for a wish that will grant them their hearts desire. This novel focuses on Indian folklore, mythology, magic and uses beautifully descriptive writing. While I thoroughly enjoyed The Star- Touched Queen, I believe that this tale was even more addictive. Perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. *Side Note - I do not believe that it is a requirement to read The Star-Touched Queen in order to enjoy A Crown of Wishes
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous; A YA Lover's Must-Have Roshani Chokshi is my QUEEN and this book is even BETTER than The Star-Touched Queen. A Crown of Wishes is the companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. You can read ACOW without reading TSTQ (Honestly, why would you do that when TSTQ is so freaking good?) but you might miss a bit of context with some of the character relationships if you don't. First of all, let's talk about her writing; it's absolutely magical. It's not too fluffy and it doesn't drag on and on. If you love Laini Taylor or Renee Ahdieh, you're going to love Roshani Chokshi. I can't even pick whether I loved the plot or the characters in A Crown of Wishes more. The plot and the setting was amazing. I loved that this book's plot revolved around wishes and the lesson that wishes have consequences. It was very fun to watch these characters go through these trials together in an exquisite world. But you're just going to have to read about it to know what I mean. The characters were also fabulous. I'm going to try not to ruin this book too much for you so I'll try to be brief. You'll love Gauri because she is the Beast Princess(literally people call her that in the book), aka she is the ultimate badass. Gauri is so brave, willing to fight for her people. She can use her femininity as a weapon and is very smart. Vikram is probably going to be my book boyfriend of the year, because that man melted my heart from the 1st word on the page. He's known as the Fox Prince because he is really that cunning. The romance that builds between these two characters is absolutely precious and I loved every second reading from each of these characters POVs. If you love hilarious banter and an awesome love-hate relationship, you'll love them together. The other POV we see in this book is a girl named Aasha, who is a supernatural creature that wishes she was human. She adds a bit to the mythology of the story while serving as a little mermaid like figure. If you take anything from this rambling fangirl fest of a review, you just need to read Roshani Chokshi's books. They add magic into your life by introducing you to a whole other world. If you're looking for some beautiful, highly original YA, A Crown of Wishes is for you!
Date published: 2017-03-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Crown of Wishes:Named "One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017" by Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, and Bustle.com"Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship makes this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections."-School Library Journal, starred review"Chokshi's debut, The Star-Touched Queen (2016), was lush and gorgeously written, and Chokshi has only improved; this lovely companion tale boasts a stronger narrative structure in addition to the delightful prose."-Booklist"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges."-Kirkus Reviews"Chokshi revives the luscious and strange setting of Alaka from The Star-Touched Queen pulling in further elements of Indian folklore for creatures both charming and terrifying."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksPraise for The Star-Touched Queen: New York Times Bestseller #9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next ListBuzzfeed Book of the YearPaste Magazine Book of the YearSouthern Magazine Book of the YearBustle.com Book of the Month"Chokshi's prose is captivating." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"A stunning debut with lush language."-School Library Journal, starred review"A unique fantasy that is epic myth and beautiful fairy tale combined."-Booklist, starred review"In Chokshi's prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor."-NPR.org"Lush and dizzying."-New York Times Book Review