The Star-Touched Queen (ARC Review)

Sunday, March 6, 2016
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Mythology
Page Length: 352 pages
Format: ARC (won in a giveaway!)
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

I'd like to thank Roshani Chokshi for hosting the giveaway. Although she provided me with a copy of her book, it in no way whatsoever affected my thoughts/opinions about this book. These opinions are completely my own.


About The Star-Touched Queen (via Goodreads):

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

The Star-Touched Queen is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.
I ADORED THIS BOOK. Actually, I more than adored it. THIS BOOK GAVE ME PURE UNADULTERATED HAPPINESS. Okay, maybe not pure happiness because I was shrieking in despair for some of the book, but it was so breathtakingly beautiful I didn't even care that my heart was fracturing into a billion pieces. I ached for the characters and their broken hearts and battered souls, and sang in happiness when things fell into place, even if it was only for a fleeting moment.

The Star-Touched Queen is the most captivating and exquisite book I have ever read in my entire existence. Roshani Chokshi's words cast a spell on me, and every detail was so vivid and poetic. Her words were true magic.

The plot was heavily entwined with Maya's relationship with Amar, but it wasn't overwhelmingly so. Their romance scorched the pages and left me longing for more. It was heartbreaking but beautiful, and I loved every second of it. However, in the end, the story was also about Maya's renewal and her quest to find herself after losing her sense of identity.  Maya's transformation throughout the course of the novel was like watching a butterfly break out of its cocoon and test its wings for the first time—it was a truly unique and joyous experience.

Before reading The Star-Touched QueenI knew next to nothing about Indian mythology, but Chokshi's writing opened my eyes to the beauty of Indian culture and their myths and legends, and I was completely enraptured by the lore. I have always been a fan of mythology, so even though the book was absolutely stunning on its own, learning about a completely foreign culture and mythology in the process was an added bonus.

Reading The Star-Touched Queen was like taking a breath of fresh air. I needed to keep reading like my life depended on it. It was that good. In fact, I loved The Star-Touched Queen so much that I would give it every star in the universe if I could. The Star-Touched Queen was an absolute masterpiece, and I could not have asked for anything more.

Rating: 5 stars

12 comments :

  1. Eep! I'm so, so excited to read The Star-Touched Queen. It honestly just sounds like a fabulous fantasy read, and I love that it's got Indian mythology woven into the story. So thrilled to hear you've enjoyed it!

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    1. Yay Alexa! I'm so glad you're excited! It's definitely a gorgeous fantasy read, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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  2. Isn't Roshani's writing so beautiful?? I was instantly taken aback by the lyrical prose and overall poise and maturity of the writing. This book is so rich in culture, romance, and fine writing, LOVED this one to pieces. Great review!! <3

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    1. THANK YOU!!! AND I AGREE x1000000000000000000000!!!! ROSHANI'S WRITING WAS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. THIS BOOK WAS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE EVER.

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  3. Your review makes me so happy, because it exactly nails how I felt about this book. It really was a masterpiece!! This review is absolutely perfect, thank you for sharing it! ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. Thank you so so so much, Brittany!!! It makes me so happy to hear that! :D

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  4. I'm so looking forward to this one! I saw the cover last month and immediately thought 'yep. I need it.'
    Awesome review, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Yay Annika! I agree--the cover is absolutely stunning! But the writing is even more beautiful! I can't wait for you to read it!

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  5. Ah, this review made me REALLY want to read this book! Before I was just mildly interested, but now?! I want it!

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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    1. Yay, Molly!!! I'm so glad to hear that you're even more excited for it now :DDD

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  6. I've heard so so so many positive and fantastic things about this book! And your review has made me feel super excited. *U* I might break my read-first-then-buy rule for this book... it sounds like something I will looove.

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    1. YAY!!! I'm so glad to hear that :) TSTQ is definitely my favorite book ever, so I really hope you love it too! :D

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