Published by Flatiron Books on July 7, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse...
There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it's not just a story.
As the day of her twin brother's wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she's willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming...human or demon. Princess or monster.
My Rating: 4 stars
Melissa Bashardoust is a magical storyteller — Girl, Serpent, Thorn is wildly fascinating and unique!
This YA fantasy standalone offers so much: an intriguing premise, captivating writing, and an interesting world. With inspiration from Persian culture and the Zoroastrian faith, the story is transportive and I was totally immersed as I read.
If you’re a fan of morally grey characters, you should enjoy this one! Girl, Serpent, Thorn has a fantastic cast of characters with a queer, cursed, antiheroic MC — Soraya — leading the way. I also really liked (as in loved to hate) the villain — the Shahmar!
The poisonous princess plot brought me to this book, but a lot more kept me reading. There are some original aspects and twists to the story that made it hard to put down. Although I really loved this book as a whole, I think it would have benefited from a bit more fleshing out in certain areas, particularly the romance. I would/could have fully supported this as a duology.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed Girl, Serpent, Thorn and definitely recommend it! I am 2 for 2 with books by Melissa Bashardoust! To say the least, I am a fan and look forward to what will come from her next!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Melissa is the author of Girls Made of Snow and Glass and Girl, Serpent, Thorn.
Source: Author Website