Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust is a YA fairy tale retelling that sounds really intriguing. I have yet to read the author’s first book, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, but I have heard great things. The fact that this is an original fantasy tale inspired by Persian mythology has me really excited. Also, that cover is really striking.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse...
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.
Book Quotes: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Stories always begin the same way: There was and there was not. There is possibility in those words, the chance for hope or despair.
To anyone who has ever felt poisonous or monstrous or bristling with thorns.