Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
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.
‘There was and there was not’
We have Soraya, the Shah’s cursed twin sister, poisonous to the touch, locked away by her family.
Then we have a soldier, Azad, who captures a div, (who knows of the curse) and Soraya hopes the div Parvaneh, is the key to her freedom.
But freedom comes in different forms.
Soraya’s evolution in this book made me so happy to read. From love interests, from learning from her mistakes, to learning she has power and to not fearing herself and to becoming her.
This was such a unique story, it was actually quite dark and I was totally surprised by it.