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Melissa Bashardoust

Författare till Girl, Serpent, Thorn

6+ verk 1,908 medlemmar 79 recensioner

Verk av Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn (2020) 1,109 exemplar
Girls Made of Snow and Glass (2017) 795 exemplar
Untitled 1 exemplar
Dívka, had, trn 1 exemplar
Ragazza, serpente, spina (2023) 1 exemplar
Kiz, Yilan, Diken 1 exemplar

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20th Century
United States of America
California, USA
University of California, Berkeley (English)
Meredith Kaffel Simonoff (DeFiore & Co.)
Kort biografi
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. Melissa is the author of Girls Made of Snow and Glass and Girl, Serpent, Thorn.



Why did I wait for so long?

This was a high 3.8 read so I gave it a 4 star rating. I enjoyed the story elements, with the plot moving right along. Light fantasy with simple world building. Something that I would
to be a series. A main character willing to do what it took, even if she was not sure her choices were right. An interesting mix of problems and solving attempts.
mybookloveobsession | 40 andra recensioner | Mar 12, 2024 |
Very unique and gripping retelling of some Western and Middle Eastern fairy tales.
bookwyrmm | 40 andra recensioner | Mar 1, 2024 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

booklover3258 | 40 andra recensioner | Feb 17, 2024 |
Recommended: sure
For a fairy-tale-esque read that actually has a few surprises, for an MC who is actually pretty dark but without being too whiny about it, for some pretty dope myth and folklore inclusion

My biggest takeaway from this book is that it was much better than I expected, but still not particularly mind-blowing because I had low expectations. I know that might sound weird: why did I write a whole post months ago about how I was anticipating this book if my expectations were kind of low? And to that I say that even if I don't expect a book to blow my mind with originality, it can still fill a pleasant role as a somewhat predictable but still enjoyable read.

Well, I was half right. It wasn't nearly as predictable or flat as I expected! What a joyful surprise! But it still didn't blow me away, and that's pretty much down to the main character, Soraya. She just didn't really interest or appeal to me. She had the cool maybe I'm the bad guy after all vibe, but it was loaded with enough self-pity that it turned me off pretty quick. Thankfully the self-loathing tirades were typically short enough not to really drag me out of the story, but they are still the ultimate backbone of the book: Soraya thinks she's evil and worthless and that's just tiring to me.

That said, the world was a fantastic blend of history and myth that was tweaked just enough to fit the needs of the story. The Persian folklore that so much of the story is based on just made me want to go read the original sources (which I may well do). The notes about how language was used and adapted to fit these means were also a huge plus for a language lover like me. Seriously, read the author's note at the end of the book, because it's really really cool how Bashardoust did it.

I'm fine with there being minimal romance in a book, but this was minimal and yet seemed to be such a driving force of characters' actions at times. The balance was off, making something that was ostensibly minuscule take on disproportionately huge importance.

Ultimately what kept this book moving along nicely was that there was far more happening far more quickly than I personally expected, creating a nice clean division of the book into two parts with a clear "Before" and "After" that kept things from getting slow. I appreciated the folklore basis of the story, but the characters just didn't suck me in; I'm all set with finishing this one book about them. 
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Jenniferforjoy | 40 andra recensioner | Jan 29, 2024 |



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