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A Crown of Wishes

|| Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land -- and her sworn enemy.

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’s A Crown of Wishes publishes March 28th from St. Martin’s Griffin—read chapters 1-5 at Griffin Teen, and continue with chapter 6 below!

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Five Books About Magical Transformations

In high school, I discovered the magic of makeup. One swipe of concealer and that smattering of zits would be rendered nearly invisible. I felt transformed. With the aid of something magical (thank you, Sephora) I felt like I could brave every circle of hell (aka: high school).

Transformations wield power. That thrill of changing is part of the reason why I love all kinds of transformation scenes, from the frosted ball gown swirling around Cinderella to Jacob Black ripping off his shirt and going full wolf. But my favorite transformations are often quieter. The changes the character undergoes are more or less reflective of an emotional state. How the characters appear—either by choice or curse—becomes illustrative of their psychological plane. Sometimes the character’s transformation foreshadows who they will be or how they will one day see themselves. In these five books, transformations range from the benign and the charming, to the conniving and powerful.

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