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.
Another Readalong review! You all are just going to have to deal with me writing these all in the twelfth hour type of thing, though this year has lasted like 8x longer than a normal year…I still procrastinate like a pro!
Prologue had me a little on the fence, it had felt oddly worded but the moment I started chapter one, I was totally there for this book. It’s magnificent and so well written, and I love seeing how Soraya deals with being SO different and being, well, hidden.
Watching Soraya also interact with her mom and to find out that Soraya’s mom was lying to her, man talk about a jaw dropping moment! Soraya and us the readers didn’t have any idea why she lied but finding out why now that was the great part.
Soraya is finally interacting with someone outside of her Mother (though even then her time with her mom is limited) but is it too good to be true?
The answer might be yes if you haven’t read it yet, but it might now, I’m not here to give away answers lol.
Not to mention we have the exciting part of having Soraya getting out and finding out truths, oh, and meeting Parvaneh!! WHO I ADORE.
But more than that Soraya is cast, in her mind, as a monster, she’s not really a princess and so she’s trying to figure out which one she can truly be in this world she lives in, but, there’s also this question as your reading…does she really have to choose? And maybe being a monster isn’t really the worst thing that could happen.
I loved this story and the writing style was so fluid and easy to read, I just wish I could have seen more of the world, but, I’m being greedy. I wanted more, I won’t get more, but I loved what I got haha.
Pacing is a bit quick as it’s a standalone, but the plot is fully realized and concluded and it’s done in a way that makes you feel that you haven’t been short changed which was impressive just how much Bashardoust gave us in so little time without making it feel rushed or choppy.
4/5 cups of coffee from meeeeee.