Today I am reviewing this fantastic tale, Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust!
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 from everyone, 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.
I am in LOVE with this book. It’s my first book by Bashardoust, but it certainly won’t be the last! I was hooked to it from the first page, and felt genuine sadness when I realised that I had reached the end.
This truly reads like a fairy tale, albeit a rather grown up one! Soraya has spent her whole life hidden away, keeping the whole world an arms length away. Poisonous to the touch, her life has been far from normal, and worlds away from the life her twin brother is now leading. With years of bitterness having built up within her, Soraya teeters between hero and villain over the course of the book, and I must admit part of me was really rooting for that villain half!
There’s plenty twists and turns in this dark fairy tale that changes the course of Sorayas moral compass, with each of her decisions having dire consequences in one way or another, causing her to agonise over her choices when time isn’t on her side. It’s a high tension read, making it impossible to put down!
The lovely added bonus to this story was with Soraya being openly bisexual – It’s not a huge ‘forced in there’ part of the plot, but it’s slipped in neatly and it’s always great to have more LGBT characters!