Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for e-arc! My ongoing love of this platform continues to bloom when I get approved for books like this. If I could only get on the physical arc train, I’d be a made woman.
Speaking of physical copies, I bet this cover looks delicious in person. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER???
GIRL, SERPENT, THORN took me for a wild ride, I expected one thing, only to be thrown into another and then kept under until I couldn’t breathe and flipped upside down in mid-air and brought back down. The inspiration for this book was taken from ancient Persia and who doesn’t love a book inspired by ancient Persia? Not this girl.
So, this book is about a girl who was cursed three days after her birth. Anyone who touches her skin will die. She lives in seclusion and even her own family seems to shun her. When she meets a soldier, she finds herself connected to him and with his help, discovers secrets to her curse that she never fathomed.
Ok, so that sounds pretty straightforward, but NOOOOOOOOOOO The twists and turns gave me whiplash. We start with a soft character in Soraya, but with good reason. She’s inexperienced and hermit-like. I may even venture that she is even unloved, even by her family. Her character arc comes full circle by the last 50 pages or so. Some may shun me for this but I love when books start out with the sad little protagonists who eventually shift into badass heroines with fierce looks who bare their teeth and kill without abandon. I may be a simple girl with simple needs.
I had some really strong Stolen Songbird vibes at one point, which is fine. I loved that book. Also Labyrinth in one or two scenes. Which is also fine. That’s one of my favorite movies of all time.
The only word I can think of to describe this book is intriguing. Don’t read this book thinking you know what’s going to happen. You don’t. It will destroy you. Don’t come crying to me.