Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Tournament of Power (Curse of the Pirate #2) by Cortney Pearson

Book Blurb:

They want his heart. He wants their power.

When Bae Kelsey invites princesses across the ocean to compete in a tournament for his hand in marriage, Caliana Brahmvir volunteers herself as a contender. She hopes to win, not for herself, but for her cousin, Soraya, to regain the kingdom that was taken from her. But Cali quickly realizes this is no tournament for a joyful marriage union. Bae is only after one thing: a princess with enough power to destroy the boundary keeping him from sailing to Zara. And he doesn’t care who gets in his way.

Cali will have to face dauntless, calloused princesses with ruthless power and complete insuperable tasks that test the very strands of what the girls are made of. If she can’t survive the tournament to win, losing will mean her death. But now that she’s in it, she’s lost her chance to turn away from the risk.

Win or die, those are Cali’s only options in Tournament of Power, the second installment of the Curse of the Pirate series by USA Today bestselling author Cortney Pearson.

With compelling risks, heart-stopping escapades, and kisses that taste like danger and stardust, scroll up and one-click this arresting adventure today!

You can find out more about the series HERE

My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Fairytale, Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Retelling, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Witches--

Cali gave up everything, even her own kingdom, for the chance to help her newly discovered cousin fight to protect her own land from the pirate lord. But what Cali finds when she returns is that Bae, the son of the pirate lord, has already taken over her cousin's kingdom and has issued invites to all princess with power for a chance to win his hand and the throne. But Cali has no power, no desire to rule her cousin's kingdom, but she makes the choice to enter the tournament to potentially help her cousin...and maybe see Bae again. But nothing is what it seems when the sea witch Undine Daray is involved.

So it seems so strange to admit this, but I actually think I liked Tournament of Power better than the first book, Princess of Death. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Princess of Death, but I wan instantly engaged in ToP. I knew the world, the characters, the magic- basically I had a firm grasp of what was going on so it was so much easier to just escape into the story. And boy, what a story it was too! There were so many surprises and twists that I did not anticipate, I was not sure who would survive the competition- even my beloved Cali or Bae were not safe from Undine's wrath.

I found myself (and Cali too) falling under Bae's spell in PoD, but there is just something so wonderful in a wickedly bad boy, who is charming and maybe just a little bit good too under his tough candy shell. I was also just as heartbroken as Cali when the story started and he wanted nothing to do with her. I was disappointed and super concerned that this was not going to go in the direction I wanted and there would not be a HEA in the cards.

There were also more side characters in this story in the form of the princesses battling for Bae hand. I actually really liked Lyric with her plant magic and no-nonsense ways (yay for her showing up again!) and Arabella, with her tiger and sassy attitude (plus her outfits were gorgeous). I had not been a big fan of Soraya in the first book, thinking she was a touch spoiled but willing to forgive her after her struggles, but yep, it has been confirmed that I actively despise her. And that brings me to Undine, who I know is fairly evil and the villain...but I kinda like her and her unexpected behavior and motivation. It was interesting to see her origins too.

This was such a fast paced read, the action, angst and anticipation kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. And this is not the end for Cali, I can't wait until the next book and I can see what danger Courtney throws at her next!

I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.


Catch up on the series with Book 1

Book Blurb:

Never trust a pirate. The plague struck without warning. Now, to save her people, Cali must cross the mysterious, impenetrable boundary to reach a treacherous land of magic and find the cure.

When she arrives, she not only discovers that she looks eerily similar to its princess, but that war is brewing on the horizon. The pirate king has come to call in a debt, and the price he demands is an alliance between his son and the princess Soraya. Soraya refuses to give in to the pirate's whims and demands Cali meet him in her place.

Cali doesn't have time to court anyone, especially not a pirate—no matter how beautiful or brooding he is—but she accepts in order to ensure her stay at the palace long enough to save her dying people. But when she is captured, her only hope to find a cure may rest in the hands of the pirate she scorned.

If only she could trust him.

Prepare to abandon the world you know for one where moonlight uncovers magic and buccaneer greed steals more than just the sea. Scroll up and one-click this enchanting new fantasy from USA Today bestselling author Cortney Pearson today!

Check out my review of Princess of Death HERE

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