10 May 2016

The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

What the hell happened with this book?  One minute, we are riding along just fine.  I'm interested enough in Maya and I feel for her, what with being the outcast of her clan and all.  It's not easy being the outsider and the scapegoat to boot.  But then... and then...

Honestly, I have no idea.  One minute, she is being whisked away to this weird kingdom that exists between the real world and the Otherworld.  And the ruler of that realm promises to explain everything about his kingdom during the next full moon.  Interesting, you say.  Intriguing, indeed!  And then we add distrust as another character comes along and tells Maya that perhaps she shouldn't believe everything that Amar tells her, especially since there is a lot that he still has yet to reveal.  Mystery and suspense, oh my!  What's not to love?

AND THEN THE TALKING HORSE.  I don't know what the hell happened, but a talking horse comes along and agrees to help Maya traverse the I don't even know what it is, so long as Maya agrees to let the talking horse take a few nibbles out of her arm.  Umm, what the BLEEP?  To be fair, the introduction of the horse is not a singular point on which this novel begins to spiral.  It takes a bit before that, with the forced romance between Maya and Amar.  This line is classic:

And even though vengeance thrummed in my skin, a part of me drowned in the feel of him.

Barf.  That's so messed up.  What is wrong with this girl?  Does she have no self respect?  If she is angry enough and feels betrayed enough to want to seek some serious vengeance, then she certainly shouldn't be macking with the guy.  About halfway through this novel, I started to lose interest.  By the end, I didn't even know what the heck was going on anymore, but I also didn't care.  It could have been awesome, and the cover sure drew me in, but this novel unraveled at the seams and blew apart into a million pieces.

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