The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – review

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen (#1)
Published
: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: young adult, romance, fantasy
Pages: 352p
Source: library borrow
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

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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.

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