"Girl, Serpent, Thorn" by Melissa Bashardoust
Thank you NetGalley for sending me a free audiobook in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The world-building is absolutely fantastic! I absolutely loved the different creatures, social status, castles, mountains, forests, and more. I thought they were perfectly designed and I loved learning about each one. I also enjoyed the characters. Something that I struggled with was the main character. I kept asking myself, “what are you doing?” I just didn’t understand her rationale for some of her decisions. Overall, I really enjoyed the storyline, writing style, and dialogue. Not my favorite narrator, but still enjoyable.
I definitely recommend this for fans of the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
"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."