19 August 2020 Saskatchewan, Canada

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: Amazon Canada
Pages: 336
Buy: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Indigo Canada|Book Depository
Rating: 5/5
"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."-Goodreads

I loved this book so much!! I can tell that a lot of research went into this book. Initially, this was a cover-buy for me. However, the story itself did not disappoint. Bashardoust's writing style quickly engulfed me into this fairytale-like-world. 

The author did an excellent job of not only bring this world alive but also in writing complex characters. Soraya's journey is one of self-love and self-acceptance. As a reader, I could see, and pinpoint, her growth clearly throughout the novel. She went from being ashamed of herself to being proud of who she stands for as a person. She also went from being alone and craving acceptance, to finding people who accept her for who she is as a person. I also felt a lot of the side characters, and the antagonist was fleshed out well. I felt that most of these characters were very much 3d in writing. They all made choices, both good and bad, that affected those around them. My only critique is that I wished Ramin had a little bit more page-time and was fleshed out better.

The plot was fast-paced and the chapters flowed nicely. I felt it wrapped up nicely at the end. This is the first time I've read a sleeping-beauty retelling. This book even has hints of Rapunzel in it. 

Overall, this book did disappoint me. Its plot, character and fairytale world were as enchanting as the cover itself. 

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