The Star-Touched Queen Review

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The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, Book 1) by Roshani Chokshi

Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

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.

About the Author: Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling. The Star-Touched Queen is her first novel.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, mythology

More Info: hardcopy edition, 342 pages, published by St. Martin’s Griffin on April 26, 2016

3.5

 

I read The Star-Touched Queen for Aentee’s (Read at Midnight and @readatmidnight) #ReadThemAllThonHere is my TBR pile for this reading challenge. I was reading this to achieve the Saffron City: Marsh Badge – read a book with fantasy or supernatural elements. I first bought this book as an impulse buy because I loved the cover. There is so much fantasy and mythology in this book, it is perfect for this specific reading challenge. Here is my current trainer’s card, updated to the point that this review is published (8/24/16 at 10:00):

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{Trainer’s Card graphic: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-Trainer-Card-Templates-54644955

Pixel Charizard graphic: http://piq.codeus.net/picture/45661/charizard}

 

Emoji Recap

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Mini Review

The fantasy and mythology in The Star-Touched Queen is drastic. If you don’t have the mind for the imagined, this book is not for you. There is mention of astronomical horoscopes, the Otherworld, talking creatures, etc. There are many Hindu myths that influence this book; Chokshi incorporates 1) Savitri and Satyavan, 2) Shiva and Parvati, 3) The Ramayana, 4) Shakuntula, 5) Narasimha.

Due to the stars, Princess Mayavati isn’t taken kindly to. She stays strong through the oppression and ignores the harsh rumors. Maya’s father, the Raja, will do anything to save his kingdom from war, including marry her off or even kill her.

She meets Amar as he rushes to save her life. Soon, she becomes his wife and his kingdom’s queen. She is taken through the otherworld, to the land of Akaran. This is a place with many names, minimal life, thousands of doors, glass gardens, memory trees, and fateful tapestries. She must bear the mystery alone, until the new moon, or come up with answers herself. The question we, as readers must ask: will she figure out the puzzle and make the right decision, before it is too late?

I felt thrown around quite a lot in this book. To me, the writing was hazy, I felt like I was missing key actions/understandings/etc because there was so much happening (metaphors, descriptions, thoughts). I liked Maya’s development and Gauri’s growth. Amar left me guessing, he is so mysterious, dark, and handsome. I liked the dynamic of Amar and Maya’s love. They seem great together. I thought Maya’s acceptance of the strange world she is thrown into unrealistic. Maybe, her previous bedtime stories are so convincing, she believes in them before she even realizes they are true.

Overall, The Star-Touched Queen takes a new and individual spin on Indian legends. There are confusing and unexplainable elements that pull you into this deftly spun world filled with stars. This book is technically a standalone novel. However, Chokshi is writing a companion book, A Crown of Wishes, set in the same world with some minor characters.

Do I recommend this book?   yeah

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