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Girl, Serpent, Thorn This book wasn t on my radar but it came today in my MAY FairyLoot yes, still covid late Here s a pic of the stuff with the exception of the bath salts I tossed them off to the side and forgot to add them Anyhoo1 Bookish Tin inspired by We Hunt The Flame2 Bookish Wooden Spoon with a quote from Hero Of The Fall3 Tea Towel inspired by The City Of Brass4 Desert Bath Salts 5 Tribal Desert Candle inspired by An Ember In The Ashes6 Sunglasses Pouch with quote from The Forbidden Wish7 Taro This book wasn t on my radar but it came today in my MAY FairyLoot yes, still covid late Here s a pic of the stuff with the exception of the bath salts I tossed them off to the side and forgot to add them Anyhoo1 Bookish Tin inspired by We Hunt The Flame2 Bookish Wooden Spoon with a quote from Hero Of The Fall3 Tea Towel inspired by The City Of Brass4 Desert Bath Salts 5 Tribal Desert Candle inspired by An Ember In The Ashes6 Sunglasses Pouch with quote from The Forbidden Wish7 Tarot Cards inspired by Throne of Glass Ahh I m so excited to get my hands on a copy This one looks so good PS check out this week s BookTube Video to see why I m psyched about this one and the other fabulous books I picked up A new BookTube Video is Up all about whether you should buy, borrow or burn 2020 YA books Let me know what you think The Written Review UPDATEJust finished this one Ended up being pretty good Full review to come Ahh I m so excited to get my hands on a copy This one looks so good PS check out this week s BookTube Video to see why I m psyched about this one and the other fabulous books I picked up A new BookTube Video is Up all about whether you should buy, borrow or burn 2020 YA books Let me know what you think The Written Review UPDATEJust finished this one Ended up being pretty good Full review to come I am both the Sleeping Beauty and the enchanted castle the princess drowses in the castle of her fleshAngela Carter, VampirellaAs someone who is new to Melissa Bashardoust s novels, I can t really say how this novel compares to her previous one, but what I can say is that Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a delightful breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy genre I m always on the search for fairytale retellings that incorporate non Western stories, and this Persian inspired spin on the poisonous girI am both the Sleeping Beauty and the enchanted castle the princess drowses in the castle of her fleshAngela Carter, VampirellaAs someone who is new to Melissa Bashardoust s novels, I can t really say how this novel compares to her previous one, but what I can say is that Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a delightful breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy genre I m always on the search for fairytale retellings that incorporate non Western stories, and this Persian inspired spin on the poisonous girl in the garden was truly incredible.It s really hard to touch on the plot, aside from what is shared in the synopsis, because there were many twists and turns that I wasn t expecting across the length of the book Let s just say that secrets abound and characters can t always be trusted Your emotions will be tested, not only by the sort of love triangle, but by Soraya s inner battles with the affliction that holds her I cannot imagine not being able to touch or be touched by another soul, and I was intrigued by the physical and mental consequences that this brought on our main character I think I m going to stop here, and leave it up to you to decide if you d like to read this story for yourself, but I m really glad to have read this one, and I m very interested in going back and picking up Girls Made of Snow and Glass while waiting for whatever she decides to write nextMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. Pages 336 Expected publication July 7, 2020Dark, Unexpected and Completely Original This book was totally different than I thought it would be I expected something along the lines of Rapunzel, with a princess locked away in a castle only to be rescued by a prince who is able to see who she really is despite her differences However what I got was a girl who didn t just sit in her room locked away and waiting to be rescued, but one who did what she could to rescue herself and she didn t always Pages 336 Expected publication July 7, 2020Dark, Unexpected and Completely Original This book was totally different than I thought it would be I expected something along the lines of Rapunzel, with a princess locked away in a castle only to be rescued by a prince who is able to see who she really is despite her differences However what I got was a girl who didn t just sit in her room locked away and waiting to be rescued, but one who did what she could to rescue herself and she didn t always do what was right or proper She makes mistakes, big mistakes with far reaching effects I couldn t always tell who was good and who was bad in this fairytale and it made it truly suspenseful and original Soraya is the lead character and she is a twin to Sorush, the current Shah of Golvahar She is cursed with poison in her veins and is unable to touch any living thing without killing it She longs to get rid of her curse and be normal Her family travels every summer and she is left behind, only able to watch them return each fall from her tower where she is hidden away After their return one season she sees a new face, among her brothers guard and looks to the tower and sees her as well His name is Azad and he is a commoner that has become a royal guard because he saved the Shah when a div attacked him Div s are from Mount ArzurEveryone there knew never to go wandering too close to the mountain, because it was the home of divs the demonic servants of the Destroyer whose only purpose was to bring destruction and chaos to the Creator s world Soraya learns that the div that attacked her brother was caught and now resides in the dungeon She believes that the div might have the answer to reversing her curse Soraya uses the tunnels in the castle to sneak down and speak to the div she meets Azad who helps her and she finds information that may help her I don t want to give anyaway than that However Soraya, the div named Parvenah and Azad become entangled and what happens after that is quite a tale There are many other characters is this story and the character development and world building is terrific This was a dark fairytale with monsters, curses and evil, but the Soraya s journey is quite different than I have seen in other fantasy novels and fairytales Sometimes it is hard to tell if she is good or bad, and the same is true for many of the other characters.Though it wasn t the best I have read, it was definitely very good and worth reading I have this book 4 stars for all the things I truly liked about it I would definitely watch a movie of this one I love fantasy and fairytales and this is one of the most original I have read, though it is a retelling I ve never heard the fairytale before It is nice to see a flawed heroine, especially one as strong as Soraya I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own Blog Goodreads FacebookTwitter BookBub slams hand on table I wantedGAYrtc, 3.5 maybe You could kill me with a single touch Why should you ever be afraid of anyone 4.5 This book was captivating and unexpected, filled with Persian mythology and culture Our main protagonist, Soraya, the sister of the Shah, is cursed she is poisonous to the touch causing almost instant death to most living and breathing things she touches Living a life of exile in the palace, we witness her loneliness, jealousies and fear of her own power When Soraya hears that a Div has been captured, sheYou could kill me with a single touch Why should you ever be afraid of anyone 4.5 This book was captivating and unexpected, filled with Persian mythology and culture Our main protagonist, Soraya, the sister of the Shah, is cursed she is poisonous to the touch causing almost instant death to most living and breathing things she touches Living a life of exile in the palace, we witness her loneliness, jealousies and fear of her own power When Soraya hears that a Div has been captured, she immediately sets out to find answers about her curse and how to get rid of it She also captures the attention of a new soldier along the way providing her with new opportunities to explore a whole new world outside the confines of the Palace This wasn t a romance book so much as a book of a character s evolution and discovering her power We witness everything from Soraya s perspective how she has jealousies, loneliness, anger, love She is not the perfect princess that most fairytales portray, and this story instead shows her villainous side as well This book features a bisexual heroine which was a unique touch as this still does not always arise in YA fantasy as she tries to navigate her feelings despite being cursed This is her discovering the truth of the past, why she is cursed, and the awakenings and longings that arise outside of the Palace that she is kept in I adored the use of Persian mythology in this This is the first book that introduced me to Persian myths and I was fully immersed in reading it This book also featured a girl who is poisonous to the touch which had me highly interested to read this book This book had different twists and played out in ways that I did not predict which was a nice surprise.A fantastic magical standalone inspired by Persian mythology, has a morally grey bi mc who is spending the book teetering on the edge of villainy, monster girlfriends, transportive writing that sucks you directly into the world and SO many twists and turns, please add it to your pre order listsfull review to come did someone summon me I heard the magic wordsantiheroine arc and f f and bisexual mc.The first thought I had immediately after finishing this and throughout, really is that I think it would have thrived as a duology That is not to say it does not make a satisfying standalone it does , but there are two identifiable parts to the book and I felt like the antiheroine arc could ve beenreally good if pulled over two books, as would the development of the romance with Parvaneh The other did someone summon me I heard the magic wordsantiheroine arc and f f and bisexual mc.The first thought I had immediately after finishing this and throughout, really is that I think it would have thrived as a duology That is not to say it does not make a satisfying standalone it does , but there are two identifiable parts to the book and I felt like the antiheroine arc could ve beenreally good if pulled over two books, as would the development of the romance with Parvaneh The other thing was that I kind of wished it was a lot darker There is a clear antiheroine bent to Soraya, and sometimes she slips into a crueller mindset, but most of the time there s regret and hurt at how people treat her and at points I was honestly like RISE UP AND BECOME A DARK QUEEN WITH THE SHAHMAR She also never really had that manipulative or morally grey bent I like to see in my antiheroines, but then again, her true purpose was not to go out and amass power for herself even though I kind of wish it was but lol She was, in a way, a reluctant antiheroine who wanted to belong rather than feel like she was remotely evil in anyway This kind of leads me onto the Shahmar, who Iloved I actually saw the entire twist in the middle of the book coming when it was revealed that that character was actually the cursed snake king You don t usually build up a romance with a character early on unless you re going to have a big twist in the middle of the story And besides, aforementioned character was too nice and the foreshadowing with viper comparisons was there right in the beginning For some readers, I do think it ll be a fun surprise though unless you read this review in which I m trying to be vague but you ll know when you start reading who I m on about, rip I don t want to write tons about the Shahmar okay maybe I do , but as a villain I really liked him I love seeing villains explored and working as a kind of mirror to the hero antihero, and that s done here You and I don t belong fully to either world, the Shahmar says to Soraya, and I m a sucker for the cursed prince, the villian with understandable but flawed motivations His actions towards Soraya were strangely kind, as he believed he finally had met someone who saw and understood and was just like him In fact, because he was weirdly nice to Soraya throughout he sometimes didn t even seem like a big evil villain and look, I shipped it Again, that s my own enjoyment of villian love interests coming in he wanted someone to understand him and I m a bit weak for that Because of that, I was hoping, perhaps, for some kind of resolution or atonement for him at the ending He cut Soraya a lot of slack when I thought it seemed clear she was acting against him, and when he assumed power, there was not a mass slaughter and the onset of a reign of utter terror This kind of complexity in both villain and antiheroine characters is something Barshadoust does really well it brings to mind Mina from her prior book, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS who was my favourite character from that book, unsurprisingly I realise I haven t talked a lot about Parvaneh, but yay for monster girlfriends I did like her, yes, and I liked her romance with Soraya and yay for f f honestly, but I don t feel deeply invested in Soraya x Parvaneh like I do with my favourite f f couples There was nothing wrong with the development of Soraya Parvaneh s relationship it was primarily moved into the second half of the book and didn t have that slow torturous unwind that I love in romances, tbf , but I also didn t really know enough about Parvaneh to feel closely connected to her beyond a superficial level and that affected how much enjoyment I took from things I feel like I knowabout the Shahmar than I know about Parvaneh, really I did love that scene where Soraya is running her fingers down Parvaneh s spine, though, I felt the romantic charge in that scene To be honest, for a standalone that s not overly long just over 300 pages for my arc , GIRL, SERPENT, THORN is cohesive and well developed Not extensively, and like I said I wish it had been split into two books and the antiheroine potential of Soraya examined , but Barshadoust has done really well in including it all It works It doesn t feel underdeveloped The pacing is great I loved the worldbuilding, and Soraya s rose garden The Sleeping Beauty influences are minimal, but there are clear ones towards the end I would definitely recommend it for people looking for a ownvoices Persian fantasy.In addition, this book is my favourite book with snakes on the cover so far, besides NINTH HOUSE I mean, LOOK AT IT The white snake, the pink flowers, the thorns, the clean minimalism that is beautifulyes 4 stars I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review A poisonous girl threatens the people s lives who dare to touch her intentionally or accidentally Poor Soraya suffers from loneliness, is exiled from her inner circle, living in the shadows because poison flows through her veins and she can kill somebody anytime But a mysterious boy gets interested with her situation and he seems like he is not afraid of her You may think what a great pilot, the boy will break the curse, fight with the demons and ride to the sunset singing take my horse to A poisonous girl threatens the people s lives who dare to touch her intentionally or accidentally Poor Soraya suffers from loneliness, is exiled from her inner circle, living in the shadows because poison flows through her veins and she can kill somebody anytime But a mysterious boy gets interested with her situation and he seems like he is not afraid of her You may think what a great pilot, the boy will break the curse, fight with the demons and ride to the sunset singing take my horse to the Old Town Road, duct taping Billy Ray Cyrus mouth not to join him singing Nope, when you reach half of the book, you just say oh, I didn t see it coming, it just moved to the different direction Actually this book makes you feel like you readthan one books I think a trilogy is hidden inside of this story and I wish the author told Soraya s beautiful, emotional, awakening, self discovery story inthan one book So this fairy tale mixed with Persian culture and magical elements kind of story A girl does not want to use her curse to gain power and threat people s lives She accepts her unfair faith and we catch glimpses from her early life and witness that she had a crush to a girl which is reciprocated Yes, we have a bisexual heroine on the board which is a different and unique touch And yes, Soraya loves to see the roses growing because instead of killing or hurting any living thing, she wants to give them live and see them grow Second part, we just realize, main love interest of this story is f f relationship But as I said from the beginning, this is not romantic fantasy about a girl who needs to love for breaking her curse and having her HEA When we learnabout both of their skeletons they hid in their closets, we may see they are so flawless, pure, golden hearted characters So we have two realistically developed female characters uniquely developed story, are ready to atone their sins because they are not the villanelles They are just humans who made mistakes and wrong choices in their pasts and now they want to correct them Overall this book is definitely not only a love story, it s about a girl s evolution, learning from her mistakes, choosing what she wants from her life, discovering her own strengths, sensibilities and forming her own path story World building with Persian cultural elements and magical touch is also one of the best parts I truly enjoyed about the book.I have to admit longevity of this book made me a little hesitated before I decided to start it I still wish the story could have told inthan one book because the writing is intriguing, characters are easy to connect, pacing is balanced not too fast or slow.If you keen on reading some original, different approach with feminist vibes to the fairy tales, this book is definitely a great choice I gave 3.5 stars and of course the author s hard efforts and lyrical, magical story telling forced me to round it up to 4 stars.So much thanks to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for sharing this unconventional, unique ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 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 CurseThere 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 StoryAs 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 PoisonSoraya 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 Becominghuman Or Demon Princess Or Monster


About the Author: Melissa Bashardoust

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 andcopies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.As much as I appreciate you all, I m not active on Goodreads, so if you d like to get in touch, please see the contact page on my website above Thanks and happy reading


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