Arc Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Posted May 9, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Arc Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, paranormal, romance, Retelling
Pages: 342
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley, Free for Review
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five-stars

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.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I have already added this book to the top of the list of my favorite books for the year. There was nothing that I didn’t like. Everything about it was perfect. I can’t be more positive. This book is on my list for top ten reads this year.

First of all, it’s a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales that no one has ever heard of: East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I was thrilled when I got into the story and realized that. I’ve always been a huge fan of obscure fairy tales and it was such a thrill to realize that I share that with the author. Roshani Chokshi weaved together a variety of myths and legends. This book was a lot like my fairy tale but it also brought in pieces of the myth of Persephone. Even still, it managed to feel completely new and unique.

I loved Maya and Amar. Amar is so sweet and compassionate. He understands Maya, listens to her and wants to do everything he can to make her happy. Maya has had a difficult life and that makes it hard for her to trust. She knows that Amar and Akaran hold secrets. However having secrets and being dishonest are two separate things. Even though I’m familiar with the original story, I still was on the edge of my seat to see what Maya would do and who she would decide was worthy of her trust.

The cover and prose are gorgeous. This book is a must read.

five-stars

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2 responses to “Arc Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

  1. I love that fairytale! I’ve read a few other books with the same fairytale which made me fall in love with it. This review made me push it towards the very top of my TBR pile… but I probably won’t be able to get to it anytime soon! *cries*

  2. Ali

    I just started the audiobook for this! I’m super excited, because I’ve heard so many great things. (Plus, I LOVE the cover!)

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