Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four & a Half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 July 2020

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 336

Publisher: Flatiron Books


Thank you to Flatiron Books for having me on the blog tour for Girl, Serpent, Thorn!



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




Thank you so much to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy of Girl, Serpent, Thorn, in exchange for an honest review!


Firstly, I need to mention this cover.  Is this not one of the most beautiful covers ever?  I absolutely love it!

Soraya has lived with the knowledge she is poisonous all her life.  Her mother was cursed by a Div years before she was born, dooming her first born daughter to the fate.  Even the lightest touch of her skin, by any living being, spells death.  When a Div is captured and imprisoned in the dungeons, she is willing to risk whatever she must, to ask the demon if they know of a cure.

Together with a boy who doesn’t shy away from the poisonous green veins under her skin, Soraya sets out to undo the curse.  However, things are not as simple as they seems and more than one person is keeping her in the dark with important secrets.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a Persian inspired fantasy, beautifully written and with a clever meeting of both ancient folklore and fairytale vibes.  Soraya’s inner struggles with her curse, and outer struggles with her brother’s seemingly much easier life, lent a more modern feel to the medieval tone of the story.  What started as a fairly straight forward tale that seemed to be going to follow a well worn path, turned into something quite different about half way through. This is one of those reviews where I really don’t want to say too much, because I didn’t see the many twists coming and enjoyed every one of them, and I’d like to let other readers do the same!




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