Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publication Date: July 7 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.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
I’ve seen this book floating around the book community and when I saw that it was available for request on Netgalley, I was really excited. When I was approved I got even more excited and immediately started reading. I was immediately pulled into the book and finished it in two sittings.
Our main character is Soraya the princess that has been hidden due to the royal family not wanting the country to know that she is cursed, her curse being that she poisons every living thing she touches. Due to this Soraya has grown up isolated from any sort of human interaction. As she goes through this journey of trying to get rid of her curse, I couldn’t help but empathize with how hard of a life Soraya has lived. All of her thoughts and choices are understandable even if they aren’t necessarily the right choice. As the book progresses I kept rooting for Soraya because I knew eventually there would be a happy ending. Also let me just say the romance in this book is impeccable, chef’s kiss.
I really enjoyed Bashardoust’s writing. I think it was really pretty but still easy to read and follow along with. The pacing was good and I never felt like there was any drag in the story. I definitely want to read more of Bashardoust’s writing.
The story is so adorable. It’s kind of predictable but still enjoyable. There is a very clear path that the characters with one or two twists thrown in there to keep things interesting. Soraya’s journey was so lovely to read about and I enjoyed every minute of it. I really loved the romance and I think it suited the book’s vibes perfectly.
This is an adorable sapphic fantasy romance and I want more books like this. I want to be able to read about queer characters that have happy endings and live together in peace. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a soft, wlw romance with touches of fantasy. This isn’t a complicated book and has a light atmosphere that leaves you feeling happy and satisfied.