Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust *REVIEW*


Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Rating: 3⭐️

Synopsis: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.

Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a book that has been on my radar for a few weeks. I kept seeing it floating around Instagram and when I saw that it was a sapphic YA fantasy I knew that I had to pick it up. I was ecstatic when it was available from my library for curbside pickup.
I flew through this book in just 2 days. It was a fun YA read. I do not think that it did anything particularly new or great, but it was an enjoyable and entertaining read that was the perfect read to get me out of my slump.
One of the things that I was most excited about going into this was the prospect of a lesbian romance, and we got that, kinda. The romance was definitely NOT central to the story and was not what I was expecting. It was a very small part of the story and although that was fine, it is not what I was hoping to get out of this read.
My biggest complaint with this story is very surface level. I wanted the writing to be a bit lusher. It was VERY simplistic to the point of being a little boring. I never felt like I knew the characters beyond the surface and was not super attached to any of them. That is a very personal thing though and will be different with every reader.
Overall I would recommend this if you are a fan of YA fantasy stories, or looking for something just entertaining that’s a quick read.

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