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The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 342
My Rating: 3 stars


“Tell me, my queen, are you ready to play with fate?”




This book has ENDLESS quotes and if you’re on the fence about reading it, I’d recommend giving it a go just to enjoy the writing! There are a few things you’ll have to overlook, but I’ll get into that.

I really struggled at first with deciding how I felt overall when I reach the end of this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the hazy and magical feel of the setting and (of course) the beautiful writing. I mean, who doesn’t love mystical creatures, hanging fruit that look like gems, nightmares and daydreams made of smoke, wishes that float around like fireflies… the list goes on.


“I reached out to hold a daydream. They looked like they were spun from glass and yet their touch was silk-soft. As they drifted between my fingers, I felt them—a nap in the sleepy sunshine of a winter afternoon, a reverie where a sea alight with flowers and bright candles washed over my ankles.”


On the other hand, sometimes the writing was just too out-there. It didn’t even seem to make sense at times. A lot of the story read like a dream, and it really was an enjoyable journey; I liked the final outcome of what we were given, but a little into the story I had to adjust my expectations and decide that I would enjoy the story more for its amazing writing instead of the action and suspense that I went into it expecting. I feel like the book’s description made me think this was going to be a much different book than it ended up being. It sounded like we would be dealing with political intrigue and war instead of traveling between the realms of reality, hell, and whatever other place Maya found a magical cave/bridge/hole in the ground to get her to.



l’m really not sure if this is a spoiler or if it is something everyone knows going into the book (It’s in the book’s description and it comes up pretty early on in the actual story), so skip to the next paragraph if you’re super worried about spoilers, but *spoiler* I think I would have rather NOT known that reincarnation is one of the major devices used in this story. I think letting the story reveal that to the reader by itself instead of going into the story knowing that in this world souls are reincarnated would have added much more mystery to the overall plot and would generally have worked much better. *end spoiler*

I also had some issues with the way magic worked in this universe and how one-dimensional Maya and Amar’s characters were.  Magic logic in this book: memories can be taken away and restored, or sometimes the person is left with only faint traces of memory. Sometimes dying and coming back to life gives you back your memories, but sometimes it means your memories are taken away? There are rules about how life and death work that aren’t fully explained, and at one point Maya suddenly realizes something about how death works that has major consequences on the rest of the book. I mean the scenes were beautiful, but I had a hard time getting over how fluid and non-defined the rules were when it came to this universe’s magic. Then we get to the characters of Maya and Amar- we don’t really know them, but to be fair, Maya spends most of the book trying to figure out who she really is. I would have like to get to know Amar and Maya on a more personal level and to have grown more invested in them as characters.


“Kill, if you must. String a garland of severed heads around your waist if you want. I would take you in my arms if you were drenched in blood or dressed in rubies … but think. Impulsiveness is a dangerous thing.”


In summary, read this book for the writing style and be prepared to make some concessions when it comes to world building and story line. I personally was able to push aside my complaints and enjoy the story for the prose, to the point that I’ll definitely be doing a re-read to take pleasure in the writing all over again. I’m also super excited to start reading A Crown of Wishes, especially since we’ve seen a glimpse in this novel of Crown’s protagonist and she totally seems like a badass! Hopefully with the next book we’ll get the same beautiful writing with a little more plot and character-based substance.


“When I looked up, I could imagine—for a moment—what the sky hid from everyone else. I could see where the winds yawned with silver lips and curled themselves to sleep. I could glimpse the moon folding herself into crescents and half-smiles. When I looked up, I could imagine an existence as vast as the sky.”


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