Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Book Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I finished reading Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust yesterday and let me tell you that I am still not over it. I love fairy tales and stories that are inspired by them.

About The Book

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.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Genre: Teens & YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date Of Publication: 07th July 2020
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: NetGalley

I am so glad I got the ARC for this book. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a YA fantasy book that tells us the story of Soraya. She is a princess who’s curse makes her poisonous to the touch. Locked away from the rest of the world, she feels trapped and like anything that has been kept in captivity, she dreams of freedom. This thirst for freedom takes her down a path she never knew she would take.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is everything I wanted it to be and even more. There is love, anger and desperation. The book shows us action and consequences of action. It is a fairy tale that takes you across the realms of men and deep into the underworld. This book is one adventure after another. There are twists that you never see coming but that is what keeps you wanting more. And it ended perfectly! I am so happy with how the plot progressed. It couldn’t have been better!

I could pick up hints of Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel in the story but that is where the western influences end. From the first mention of Nog Roz and The Fire Temple I knew that the book would have several Persian and Zoroastrian influences. Persian Mythology plays a big role in the plot, with various characters, creatures and places derived from it.

This book was an emotional one. There were points when I could sympathise with every character in the book because each had their reason for their decisions. The story grabs you and pulls you in with each page seamlessly blending into the next. If you love fairy tales then I’d definitely recommend this book to you. In fact, I am going to recommend this book to everyone I meet for

About the Author

Melissa Bashardoust

Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.

You can find the book available for purchase on Amazon and Amazon India.

Book Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
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  1. I read Girl, Serpent, Thorn over the weekend as I was also lucky enough to be given an ARC and I really loved it! It’s such a well-written book <3

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