Book Review

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn Book Cover Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Melissa Bashardoust
Flatiron Books
July 7th 2020

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.

Considering this book was out a FairyLoot box, I was expecting a lot but I was highly disappointed.

Form page one I just struggled to get through the whole book. I was just bored. It had so much potential and it just totally lacked. I found myself just not wanting to read it.

There were parts of the book with such my description and internal monologue that I just found myself falling asleep.

I also didn’t understand who half the characters were and I got completely lost with this aspect of the book as well.

Overall, I just didn’t like this book.

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