Published: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: young adult, romance, fantasy
Source: library borrow
The Star-Touched Queen is the most poetic, beautifully crafted tapestry of YA I think I’ve ever read. It’s just really lovely. 10/10 wordsmithing. Roshani’s writing has this quality that just drew me along on a current. This took eleven days to finish because I was intentionally dragging my heels and didn’t want it to end.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this, given how steeped it is in romance and I tend to not be a fan of kissing. I suspect the reason I was rooting for the romance is because it wasn’t shoehorned in – it was part of the plot, and entirely necessary. (And sweet, even if it was extra at points.) It’s also certified love triangle free, hooray! The romance is a little insta-lovey, but it’s for a reason I could easily excuse. To be perfectly honest, I had already bought this hook, line, and sinker by that point so even if it didn’t have a reason I would’ve probably swallowed it with minimal resistance anyway.
Maya was properly flawed, which I found refreshing. Toward the end (mostly after the start of part two) I found her a little weirdly detached from the story but I think that might suit the circumstances even if I found it a bit jarring. I won’t say more than that – I wouldn’t want to spoil anything.
More than I was surprised by the kissing, I was surprised by how often I was surprised by the plot twists. I’m definitely not used to such lyrical prose in YA – I can count on both hands the number of times I’ve read a novel as airy and delicious as this. It’s something I wouldn’t mind getting used to! *cough cough*
If there’s anything I would critique, it’s the lack of queer rep. I am starved of queer characters in genre fiction – YA in particular. Nevertheless, I’m sure I’ll devour A Crown of Wishes in a heartbeat. Gauri’s tale definitely needed telling.
Have you read The Star-Touched Queen?