Two things are obvious – I am most certainly a mood reader and I am definitely in the mood for retellings.
A tale about a cursed girl whose touch is poisonous and the story of what she could do with her curse.
Soraya has been hidden away all her life, living away from her family and isolated from the world. But as the wedding day of her twin brother closes in, she decides that it is time to step out of the shadows – she wants her freedom. She meets a young man who is not afraid with her, who understands that there is a person under the curse and the poison.
Soraya thought she knew where she belonged but after making some choices she never thought she would have to do, her understandings shift and she starts to wonder who she is and what she is becoming.
This book might actually end up being the only book I finished in August but I couldn’t procrastinate and wait on the review because it’s the book that might have gotten me out of the hell of a reading slump that I have been in for the past month.
What I liked about the book: I love stories about royalty and kingdoms and this made no exception to the rule. Soraya is a wonderful and complex character who has grown up very sheltered and who has lots of resentment and naivete due to that sheltered life. The element of magic in the book is complex and well-presented and with Soraya being center to it, it gives that much more dimension to the whole story. The plot twists were also very well thought out and presented and I loved them.
What I didn’t like about the book: The uneasy relationship between Soraya and her brother Sorush was minus for me, even though the strained relationship is understandable, I think it could have been better played out.
A quote: “Stories always begin the same way: There was and there was not. There is possibility in those words, the chance for hope or despair.”
My rating: 4/5 stars – highly recommend to anyone who loves stories about royalty, courts and magic.
What are your anticipated reads for the rest of 2020?