Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | a wondrously atmospheric fairytale

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

July 7, 2020, from Flatiron books
YA fantasy
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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.

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4 stars

I loved Melissa Bashardoust’s first book, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, so I was incredibly excited to pick up Girl, Serpent, Thorn, and I’m so glad I did. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a lot different from Girls Made of Snow and Glass, but is every bit as enjoyable. This book is a powerful fairytale based off of Persian mythology and folklore, with lyrical writing and a protagonist at war with herself.

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