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Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Notes: Review copy received through Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Romance
Digital/Print/Audio (353 pages, ST. MARTIN'S)
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.
Author Site: website

A mythological fantasy for those in need of something new! (4 stars)

I've been wanting to find a compelling mythological fantasy not based in the common Greek, Celtic, and Norse mythologies usually seen in YA. Enter The Star-Touched Queen.

While not unenjoyable I have to get the stuff that was problematic out of the way first. I found Chokshi's writing style a bit clunky. I'd get all sappy over some really overly syrupy romantic line only to have it bash me in the head with a really disjointed analogy a page or two later. Additionally, while the pace was never slow, it never felt like Maya was getting anywhere. It was like running in circles and in its own weird way that made it feel a bit slow. If slow moving plots and purple prose bug you just know going in they might make this just a little less awesome as many other reviewers hyped it up to be.

Those little quibbles aside this was an interesting and fresh tale that delivers adventure, romance, and plenty of fantastical elements. I found that the romance was more told than shown but in the friendship elements it made up for it. Also, if you're looking for diversity in the YA shelves this is definitely one to pick up!

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