Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Mythology
My Rating: 4 stars
GoodReads Rating: 3.58 stars
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.
The Star Touched Queen was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017, after having people rave about it…and rave about it…and rave about it I knew it would have to be one of my first reads of the year. I went into the book not actually knowing that much, except it, was enriched with Hindu, not Indian which most people assume, mythology (which I am a SUCKER for) and was also a unique retelling of Hades and Persophone (again another thing I am a SUCKER for) so I was expecting good things. Very good things.
And let me tell you I was not disappointed.
Roshani opens up the world with a waterfall of colours and words as she drags us down into a deep world practically thrumming with vibrancy. This is one thing that completely made the book for me. Roshani writing style is very flowery and beautiful – for some people, this may be a problem – but oh I do love sentences that are dripped in richness. She perfectly describes the world of the Night Bazaar and Mayas kingdom and draws the reader tighter into a magical world that is like a tightly woven tapestry. Honestly, sentences that Roshani wrote still haunt me everywhere I go. So if you are a reader that loves good worldbuilding and flowery language. You. Have. To. Read. This.
Alongside the perfect worldbuilding and writing, Roshani grants the readers with relatable and human characters. We have Maya who is our main heroine and is so realistic. She may not be my most favourite character in the world – but her character development was interesting. Maya is a young girl, who has been shunned by her family and society for all of her life for something she can’t help, and then she grows to be herself – strong and independent under the guiding hand of Amar *cue swoon* and then into a woman who realises her fault of jealousy, doubt, and regret but accepts them. However, despite these fantastic qualities I really like how Maya was strong and wanted so much more from life than just being a wife.Alongside Maya we have Amar who is honestly my love of my life – he was just perfect. And Roshani also includes some really interesting side characters Gauri, who I can not wait to read about in Crown of Wishes because she honestly sounds and looks so badass.
However there were some things that made me bring down my rating a little bit – the villain of the story was a popular trope used for villains that I was not really a fan of – never have been real. This meant I just find our villain annoying to the plotline rather than sinister or intimidating. Another thing was that I was a bit unsure about was although the writing was like pure jewel stones it sometimes meant that the plot was a bit basic and simple and had no real depth to it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this diverse beautiful story and it was very refreshing to see something over than the classical white-medieval-fantasy.
Overall highly HIGHLY recommend!!!
– S O P H