ARC Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen (ARC)
By: Roshani Chokshi
Pages: 352
Published: April 26th, 2016
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher and Raincoast Books
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 Sypnosis:
“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.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.”

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I received an advanced readers copy from Raincoast Books and St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sending me a copy!
 

In all honesty, I was already mesmerized by this book the moment I laid my eyes on the cover (I mean look at those stars and the background!!!), and the synopsis had me craving this book. So of course when I received an ARC of this, I freaked out! This book was stunningly beautiful and everything I hoped for! The Star-Touched Queen was a beautiful 4.5/5 stars with its captivating voice, whimsical retelling, and enriched characters.

I just want to say before I continue any further, that I am a feeling rater and there were somethings that didn’t quite work in this book, but everything else basically covered it up and doesn’t change my overall feelings about this book. One of those things is the way that it was written. Roshani has a beautiful style of writing that completely fits with the story she has to tell. However, at times, this was overused and I felt that instead of adding to the story, it detracted from the reader’s attention on the actual story.

But then again, the retelling of a Hades/Persephone was told in such a whimsical and different way, that I loved it and was hooked. I had no idea where anything was going because there were so many twists and turns that I was constantly trying to find out more. Yes, I know, I just kind of said some negative stuff about how it’s written, but looking at it as a whole, the beauty of this book is just beyond so many other things in this world.

The characters in this book were absolutely stunning. Maya is such a strong, witty girl that I had no problems with her as a protagonist. She carried us through this story with her head held high, and her acts of bravery had me feeling everything. She develops so much throughout the story, starting as “bad luck” to becoming the one who would define her own destiny. Maya was curious, smart, and thoughtful, making her relatable for all readers alike.

Her relationship with Amar was amazingly well-done and I was shipping them very quickly. The ending had me crying with the revelation that was discovered. Amar was mysterious and I didn’t quite trust him at first, but his actions proved to be trustworthy and he turned out to be one of those perfect guys that I can only dream of. He only ever wanted an equal partnership with Maya and the best for her. And the last main secondary character was Kamala, a demon human-eating horse which is like the most awesome thing ever. Honestly, her lines had me laughing despite the tough situations and it was the best thing. 

Everything about this book was so surreal to me. Believable, but so far out there, if you know what I mean? It was like a dream that I had in my head since forever and Roshani wrote it all out in that dreamy sort of style. Roshani had an amazing world building up that I was immersed in the logistics of it. However, I felt sometimes the world building felt a little short, especially in the world that Maya originally comes from. But in the end, I don’t feel that it detracted from the overall story and in fact added to the dream-like style she writes in.


Final Verdict:

The Star-Touched Queen was an absolutely beautiful and everything I could have hoped for. It was the whimsical journey of a girl who is labelled as bad luck, but doesn’t let that define her in the adventures she takes to find who she really is. If you love mythology and retellings, this is definitely the one for you with hints of Indian mythology and a Hades/Persephone retelling in its roots.

 

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN releases to stores on 

April 26th, 2016!

 

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