Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to read this incredible book in advance.
She was and she was not. I feel that this is the best way to start my review of this amazing story.
Shazadeh Soraya, is deadly but not bad. Is beautiful yet dangerous. She is part of the royal family, but nobody knows her. She is a story, a legend, a myth people keep on telling from one generation to another. But she is also real.
Soraya is made up of flesh and poison. Nobody can touch her; nobody can be near her. She is dangerous to any living organism, except for the roses she breeds. She has spent all her life in Golvahar, isolated within the walls of one of the palaces of the kingdom. Solitude, sadness, and resentment being most of the time her companions. Until she meets Azad, and everything changes.
Inspired by Persian mythology, author Melissa Bashardoust brings us this beautiful tale about love and self-acceptance. This book introduces us to new lands, new perspectives, and of course, to new traditions and divinities from a culture we do not heard that much of. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
I am not so fond of instant romances, but the way this topic is brought up here, and considering all the peculiarities of Soraya’s situation, this is something that only made the story better. I was at the edge of the seat during almost all the first half of the book, got really attached to it. Personally, I would have liked the ending better if Soraya had stayed on her own. Not alone, but also not involved romantically with anyone. That is just my personal opinion.
One curious thing is that when I was first introduced to Azad, I felt that he was going to be like Frozen’s prince Hans. In the end, that was not entirely the case, but still I am amazed by mi detective skills? My sixth sense? However you like to call it, but now I know that I must trust my instincts.
Myths, fairytales, romance, love, and self-acceptance are the pillars of this marvellous story, in which a fierce queer protagonist will lead us to uncover the best kept secret of the royal family.
The book will be published on July 7th, you can pre-order it now via Book Depository, remember to use the link in my Instagram profile to get a discount. If you love romance and fantasy, then this book is a must for you.