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Girl, Serpent, Thorn av Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Melissa Bashardoust (Författare)

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Titel:Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Författare:Melissa Bashardoust (Författare)
Info:Flatiron Books (2020), 336 pages
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn av Melissa Bashardoust (2020)


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  FernForest | Apr 19, 2021 |
Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a YA fantasy novel, and it's one of my favourite reads so far this year. I absolutely adored this book.

The main character, Soraya, is a princess, locked away in a palace because she has been cursed by a div to have a poisonous touch. The poison runs through her veins and everything that she touches dies. She has her garden and her flowers, but no friends or real human connections. Even her own mother can't touch her. When a captured div is brought to the palace, Soraya decides to talk to her, to see if she can tell her how to break her curse. The book has good pacing, and it didn't feel rushed or boring.

This book falls into the category of fairy tale retelling, drawing on Persian myths and fairy stories. The book itself begins with a fairy tale, and then stories and myths reoccur throughout the book. I found this particularly effective for this kind of story, where myths become reality within the pages of the book. And the mythology that Bashardoust draws from is so rich and wonderful. The world described in this book is beautiful, mystical and magical. Persian mythology is not something I've ever really learnt about but this book has sparked my interest in it.

I also loved the characters. Soraya has a journey from being shy and downtrodden, rejected by everyone around her, to realising her power, her anger and her strength. She is resourceful and determined, despite her circumstances, or perhaps because of them. And then there is Azad, a mysterious young soldier. After meeting him, Soraya is sucked into danger, discovering secrets and lies, betrayals and mistakes. When Azad was first introduced I assumed that he was going to be the love interest, in typical YA fashion, but damn, that twist! I won't give any spoilers, but this story was like a rollercoaster and I loved it! Speaking of love interests, Soraya is bi, and there are lots of lovely sapphic moments which I really enjoyed, involving my favourite character in the book (although I won't say more than that to avoid spoilers).

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a wonderful queer fantasy novel that you should definitely read. ( )
  crimsonraider | Apr 1, 2021 |
Wow. The folklore was so rich and fleshed out. The world was beautiful and Soraya was such a powerful main character with many flaws. I just didn't want to put it down. ( )
  thereserose5 | Mar 3, 2021 |
Girl, Serpent, Thorn is such an exciting read. The premise initally felt like how Pushing Dasies would be if the main character was more like Elsa, from Frozen. However, the stakes kept rising and the risks kept increasing and I found myself supporting Soraya whether she chose to become a monster or become a princess. The almost-Arabian setting pulled from a mythology I know little about and I liked hearing stories I hadn't ever heard before. Also, the cover doesn't make sense until the book is complete and then you realize how brilliant it is. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
Its rare you get a book that you love so much that you cannot put it down. Its also very rare that you find a book that reminds you why you loved reading to begin with, for me, Melissa Bashardoust did the impossible. I fell in love with this so much that I read it all in one day. Based off of Persian and classic fairytales, Girl, Serpent, Thorn draws you into the world of Soraya - a Princess with a huge secret that is her worst nightmare, and perhaps, her most dangerous quality. Both romances are very sweet, I honestly wished I didn't see the LGBT tag when I put this into my library, but its very rare you can go from routing for the Princess and the Bad Boy to routing for the Princess and the Demonic Moth Girl. However, the straight forward writing and the quick pace had me saying "Just one more page!" for about three hours straight until I finished it. I will be reccommending this highly to all my friends and family as well as patrons at the library where I work! ( )
  tmoore318 | Jan 26, 2021 |
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