Author: Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
The Sin Eater's Daughter starts off with a very interesting and rather unique premise. Twylla is the daughter of the sin eater's, and as the oldest child, she is set to inherit the role upon her mother's passing. But the queen has a much bigger, important role for Twylla, and she is swept away from her family to become the Goddess embodied. Which makes her the kingdom's executor. Every person she touches dies from poison that seeps from her skin. Everyone except the prince, whom she is destined to marry.
Now this plot, this plot caught my attention. It puts Twylla in an awful position, and present a whole slew of moral dilemmas for our main character. But instead, the novel takes a completely different direction. Salisbury introduces Lief, a young, handsome guard that threatens to turn Twylla's world upside down and make her second guess everything she knows about her life. And this juncture here is where I slowly began to realize that this novel is just another run of the mill high fantasy YA romance novel, with a love triangle thrown in just for good measure. All the unique elements that Salisbury creates for this world are tossed away, in favor of Twylla's dilemma on how she would rather spend the rest of her life.
While the world has a few original elements, there aren't enough to make this novel stand out in the over saturated genre of YA. The only thing that stood out completely was the ending, which I did not see coming. The little "cliffhanger" is hardly enough to hold my interest in the series until the next novel is published, but I'm sure I'll eventually end up borrowing it from the library as well. Perhaps she can turn the tides with the second novel.