February 21, 2017

The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen
Roshani Chokshi
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It might be a bit hard to express how I felt about this one.

Goodreads blurb:
'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.'
Let me start by saying how much I loved the writing style and prose. The author magically wove words together to build a very intricate, detailed, and fascinating world. You always felt like there was more to what you were reading. For example, when Maya meets Amar, you can feel that recognition that she somehow knew him in a past-life, which excused the (pretty much) insta-love that follows.
I just did not care for the plot.

The world: amazing
Characters: have depth
but the story just fell short for me after the halfway point. I was so into this book in the first half and then (something spoilery happens) and Maya must find her way back. This is when I dropped the book for like a week. I just wasn't interested enough to pick it back up for a while and the resolution wasn't as great as the build-up.
I am excited that there's another book set in this world with some of the minor characters because I really did love the way the book was written, I'm just hoping that this tale is a bit more fitting.
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