When she was a baby, Soraya was cursed to be poisonous to the touch. She’s been locked away in her gardens and out of the public eye ever since. But while her brother is getting ready to be married, Soraya is fighting to find a way to break her curse and finally live among her people. What she discovers in the process, though, may have more dire consequences than she expects.
This book is not going to go the way you expect it to. Trust me, even when you’re in the thick of it, the ending is an incredible surprise. That’s one of the best parts of this book – its lack of predictability. Part of that comes from the characters themselves. Soraya starts the story so unsure of herself and spends the rest of it trying to figure out what she really wants. Her insecurities and uncertainties made it nigh impossible for me to know what was coming next.
I talk about character development a lot in my reviews. It’s such an important part of storytelling, the effect your tale has on those it involves. Girl, Serpent, Thorn has some of the most drastic character development I’ve seen in YA fantasy. It may not be the most obvious or polar, but it’s definitely there. Every character undergoes some sort of change throughout the story. It only becomes clearer as the characters reveal more about themselves and those around them. I really loved this story and all of the messages it holds. If you like mythology-based fantasy and impressive character growth, then Girl, Serpent, Thorn is the book for you.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): violence, death
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