Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020 | Unabridged.
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn is "an alluring feminist fairy tale" ( Kirkus Reviews ) 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. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books "With crystalline, sometimes sensuous prose, [Bashardoust] digs into her characters' motivations and manipulations, deftly keeping readers on the hook until the final, stunning turn." — Booklist, starred review
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Young Listeners, 2020.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781250751737
Characteristics: 1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Massoud, Nikki

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RandomLibrarian Jul 18, 2020

Review excerpt: "Although I’m not familiar with Persian history or mythology, the names and setting helped me imagine what was happening in a way that I often can’t with books (some people say they see movies in their heads when they read. I usually don’t, so I enjoyed that I could this time). I also appreciate the author’s note at the end because it shares the historical and mythological inspirations that informed so much of 'Girl, Serpent, Thorn', filling in gaps that I wouldn’t be able to easily fill in by myself.

One thing I want to note is that 'Girl, Serpent, Thorn' is not a romance. There’s a romantic element, for sure, but this is a fantasy novel first and foremost. I picked this up because it showed up on a bunch of “most anticipated f/f books of the summer” lists by people I respect, so I was a little surprised that the romance is so subtle. Thankfully, I figured it out early enough to shift my expectations and revel in what the story is, rather than be disappointed in what it’s not."

Source: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/girl-serpent-thorn-by-melissa-bashardoust/

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