The Star-Touched Queen (ARC)
By: Roshani Chokshi
Published: April 26th, 2016
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Publisher and Raincoast Books
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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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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.
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.
April 26th, 2016!
An amazing book I read recently was THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN by @roshanichokshi! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/ 5 STARS! It’s the story of a girl who was born with a bad luck horoscope, but when she is whisked away by a prince, she begins to create her own destiny for herself. In this stunning debut, you’ll be hooked in this magical retelling of Hades/Persephone and mixture of Indian mythology. I highly recommend it. Check out my full review on my blog tomorrow! Link in bio!
Will you be reading The Star Touched Queen?