Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust


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.


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I was lucky enough to receive both an eARC of this gorgeous book on Netgalley, and a physical ARC from a giveaway win, and can’t help but kick myself for not reading it sooner! I’m honestly not even sure what made me hesitate to pick it up. Gorgeous cover? Check. Unique and intriguing synopsis? Check. Good reviews from friends? Check. Sigh, make better choices, Erin.

Now that I have read this stunning book, I can tell all of you TO READ THIS BOOK! It was well paced, with incredible character development and was set in a rich world that I’m dying to learn more about. Plus, it is a standalone and my FairyLoot exclusive edition is only 311 pages, making it a quick and satisfying read.

The romance was a delicious sort of enemies, to tentative allies, to lovers plot line that not only had me swooning, but added to the plot instead of serving no real purpose like some romance in YA.

There were two things that really set this book apart for me, however. The villain was incredibly developed. His tale is told at the beginning of the book as a myth, and as the plot develops, so does he. Although he was the villain and I definitely wanted him to meet his untimely end, I wanted to learn more about him and kind of wish I had a book about his descent into villainy.

The other thing that I absolutely adored was Soraya’s constant struggle. She walked a constant tightrope between remaining the hero of her story and becoming the villain. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t always sure which way she would fall and that kept the book interesting. It also made her a more realistic character in my opinion.


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