Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I’m honestly not sure how to rate this one. I’m as confused on what to rate this as I was when I was reading the first half of this book. And probably as confused as you were attempting to read that sentence and have it make some sense. Eh, whatever, I tried at least.
I think this would fall into the category of books that I really enjoyed, but I didn’t love it.. Again, if that makes any sense. The world building was okay, it didn’t feel 100% built I suppose, and I felt lost at times. It was like we were given just enough to imagine a rough outline of the scene, but I couldn’t feel like I was in the book like I do by some other books I’ve read. I was just kinda left feeling like I couldn’t quite grasp everything like I wanted to. The best way to put it was like I was thrown into the scene half way and had to figure it out before it was already over and onto the next.
But, I do want to say that the writing was so beautiful and the plot line was so intriguing that I honestly didn’t even mind the confusing part. I kind of liked it being a bit confusing, for some of the parts, but that’s just me. I know a lot of people didn’t like that one bit, but I got over it by the second half of the book. I felt like I finally caught up with the story by then.
My favorite part had to be the mythology it was about and, again, how beautifully it was written. I feel like I might have appreciated it the mythology part of it a bit more if I had known more about it aside from what the book told me. I think that’s probably why I felt confused, because I didn’t know all of the story that it was retelling.
But with all that said, it was still definitely worth the read, and I don’t regret it one bit. I’m very excited for the next one to come out, simply because I’m almost positive I’m now addicted to Chokshi’s writing style!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!