Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
This book was one of my most anticipated reads of the month but I was so disappointed. I wanted to like this novel so badly but it just was not my favourite.
This is a Hades and Persephone retelling that is told with Indian mythology mixed in. It tells the story of a girl born with a horoscope that predicts marriage of death and destruction – which sounds incredible, but it was so description heavy that I was distracted from was going on with the characters.
With this book you have to accept things in the world are the way they are because they just are, which I don’t usually find difficult to take on with other books but with this one I found it impossible. There was so little explanation given about the setting and the magic which made no sense when other small-not-so-important aspects were explained so thoroughly.
The writing itself is beautiful, it is so unique – very whimsical and mysterious – but almost too much so that it took away from the story itself. There were paragraphs and paragraphs of the author describing elements so beautifully but that were so unnecessary.
I ended up giving this book 2★ because I didn’t dislike the story-line but I didn’t enjoy the book either.
Disclosure: Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me an e-ARC in exchange of an honest review. It’s official release date is April 26th 2016