Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
The Plot: Summarized
Mayavati is forced into an arranged marriage that turns out to be the complete opposite of what her black horoscope promises. But her husband has many secrets, dangerous secrets, that might fulfill the horoscope after all.
The star-touched queen was one of the most anticipated books of 2016 to many, not just me. So it was extremely important to me that it lived up to those expectations especially since my requests to review it were all declined (perhaps I’m a *bit* bitter).
I read the book with my goodreads book club and people were updating their thoughts on the book as they were going along. Most of them were really loving it. Some even declared it their new favorite book.
Was I loving it with them? No, not really.
I found the beginning to be boring and it was a while before we got to the proper action. However, reading the book even while nothing was happening wasn’t a chore. The prose is extremely beautiful and flowery and a book with extremely beautiful and flowery prose is my type of book so that sort of made up for it.
Around halfway through though, the book picked up its pace and that was when it became hard to put it down. I’m nnot at all familiar with indian mythology so all those creatures were new to me andbecause of that aforementioned prose, I felt like I was reading an actual myth instead of a retelling. Now that I think about it, maybe that was why I sometimes felt that I couldn’t connect with what was going on. Thiis feeling wasn’t there all the time but it really annoyed me when it was because it diminished my enjoyment of the book greatly.
Oh dear. This review is making it soud like I didn’t like the book but, really, I did. Perhaps it’s because I expected it to be so much better that I’m being overly harsh.
I liked Maya from the beginning: she was so protective of her younger sister and she never succumbed when the Raja’s wives bated her. On the other hand, she was really gullible and fast to believe the worst in other despite the evidence staring at her right in the face.
So.much.swoon. He had my heart not long after he appeared and I spent the better part of the book sighing at everything he said and did.
Really enjoyed this book despite feeling bored for the first few chapters and then those occasions where I lost connection with the characters.