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Girl, Serpent, Thorn | A Review

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I was given an E ARC copy of Girl Serpent Thorn from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

You can check out the book here.

Release Date: 7th July 2020 

Themes: YA Fantasy, Persian mythology, fairytale retelling, f/f romances, LGBTQ,

Format: I have received an E ARC from Netgalley but I belive hardback, paperback and ebook editions will be available

Pages: 336 Pages

Rating: 5 STARS 

Spoiler Free

This book was SO MUCH more than what I was expecting, I figured it would be another YA fairy-tale retelling, but I was wrong, and thank God. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is inspired by Persian mythology and the opening story was delightful.

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

I’ll be honest, when I first started reading this book I was struggling to connect with anything as I found it a bit too slow but once it gets going I found it to be a really enjoyable read. Sorry for the cop out but I can’t say tooo much without spoiling it! This is definitely a story you can go into without knowing much because whatever your expectations are this book will knock them on their head. 

The world building is incredible, it wasn’t overwhelming and easy enough to digest which is always a bonus in my eyes. I struggled with the characters at first but once I gave them a chance they grew on me, I also appreciated the LGBTQ representation. They were intriguing, full of angst and longing. Bashardoust did a really great job of describing loneliness and everything that comes from extreme loneliness.

The twists, the turns, the betrayals, urgh this book has it all. We have morally grey characters, angst, sexual tension, a “meet-cute” in a prison, f/f romance (that has some really sweet moments), a poisonous touch, we even have a MC who uses her power because she wants to even though she knows the consequences of what happens and doesn’t immediately shirk away from what shes done. 

You’re my favourite story

If you enjoy fantasy, Persian mythology, morally grey characters, representation, rich world building and a beautiful romance chances are you’ll love this story.





You can check out the book here.

I was given an E ARC copy of Girl Serpent Thorn from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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