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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

By Melissa Bashardoust
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust digital book - Fable

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Melissa Bashardoust's Girl, Serpent, Thorn is “an alluring feminist fairy tale” (Kirkus) 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.

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3.5
Expressionless Face“this book. i’m not sure how to even put it in words. i did wanna say though that this is not normally the genre i read, i am a romcom and murder/thriller till the day i die. But this book WASNT DOING IT FOR ME!!! i thought it was terrible to be completely honest. It’s 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. Now if your loved this book cool good for you but i personally HATED this book. Its not my speed i dont do fantasy really im a romcom/not gory thriller kind of gal.”
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulTwistyUnpredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
“i reeeeeally wanted this to be a 5-star read. while this was a beautifully written sapphic story steeped in persian mythology, it was an okay book overall. a novel should not feel long, especially when it's only 330 pages. i would read and reread paragraphs over and over again only for nothing to be retained because it was a lot of info-dumpy exposition that wasn't shown to the reader. my head literally remained empty. i also think the hype contributed greatly to my disappointment.”

About Melissa Bashardoust

Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Melissa is the author of Girls Made of Snow and Glass and Girl, Serpent, Thorn.

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