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Early Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched QueenTitle: The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250085470 (Fierce Reads)

ISBN-13: 978-1250085474 (Fierce Reads)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

Quick & DirtyWonderfully woven story with fantastic writing and a captivating setting. Everyone should definitely add this one to your TBR lists!

Opening SentenceStaring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret.

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The Review:

Princess Maya has spent her whole life being ostracized because of a cursed horoscope. Her mother died while giving birth to her and it was written in the stars that her marriage would be one of death and destruction. In some ways this cursed horoscope actually made life easier for Maya. All of her sisters had arranged marriages that helped to bring alliances to the kingdom and because Maya was cursed she never had to worry about getting married or at least she thought she didn’t! But all of her dreams of living her life as a scholar came to a halt when war was brewing in her beloved kingdom. The only way to prevent the war was to make an alliance with their enemies and Maya was the only unmarried daughter that was of age!

Maya soon finds herself wed to the mysterious Amar and she becomes the queen of Akaran, a foreign kingdom full of secrets! Maya never expected to fall in love but as she gets to know Amar she finds that she can’t help being drawn to him! But just like the kingdom he rules Amar has many secrets and Maya doesn’t know who she can trust! As she wanders the halls of the palace she starts to piece together an ancient mystery that contains a tangled web of memories that seem vaguely familiar to her.

I loved Maya she was such a spunky character full of wit and humor. She had a very feisty side but at the same time she could also show great compassion to the people she loved. One of my favorite things about her was the relationship she had with her little sister. The relationship brought out the softer side of her personality and she didn’t let very many people see that part of her. Being raised as a basic outsider she had to quickly learn how to protect herself from the cruelty she suffered from her peers! I loved how tough it made her and it was refreshing to see a strong, confident young woman take care of herself. She definitely wasn’t perfect but she Took responsibility for her faults and didn’t run away from her problems. I thought she was an amazing character and she was very easy to connect with.

Amar was a very mysterious, charming, sexy book boy and it was pretty much impossible to not fall for him. For a large part of the book he was a really hard character to read but that just made him more intriguing. His relationship with Maya was adorable. He was so sweet to her and they had awesome chemistry. I definitely think that Amar was a fantastic character and he was very swoon worthy!

The Star Touched Queen is a gorgeous story full of adventure and romance! I had heard a lot of hype about this book before I read it, so I had pretty high expectations and luckily it did not disappoint! The writing was phenomenal, the world was captivating, the characters were intriguing, and the story was very enjoyable. The one thing that slightly bothered me was the whole reincarnation concept. Years ago I felt like this concept was used so much in YA books that it kind of ruined the whole idea of reincarnation for me. Chokshi did a fabulous job putting her own unique spin on the concept, but I think for me personally, I will never love the whole idea of reincarnation. But with that being said, this was still a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great young adult fantasy.

Notable Scene:

There was another sorrow, tucked beneath my surprise. Although I had never envisioned marriage, I had thought of love. Not the furtive love I heard muffled in the corners of rooms of some of the harem wives. What I wanted was a connection, a shared hearbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds. Not some alliance cobbled out of war. I didn’t want a prince from the folktales or some milk skinned, honey-eyed youth who said his greeting and proclaimed his love in the same breath. I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.

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FTC Advisory:  St. Martins/Macmillan  provided me with a copy of The Star-Touched Queen.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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