Stacking the Shelves

I feel like lately SO MANY amazing books have been releasing and my mail has been really spectacular. I am such a happy reader. I immediately had to start reading Caraval and A Shadow Bright and Burning. I’m not far in ASBaB but I’m more than half way through Caraval. It has been one of my favorite books I’ve read. Period. I’ll be starting The Sleeping Prince very soon. I’m so excited.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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I purchased The Rose and the Dagger and The Star Touched Queen and the rest were sent to me by publishers for review consideration. Thank you Flatiron, Scholastic, Random House and Harper!

You might know that I’m showcasing my convention haul from TLA a bit different by taking an individual shot of each picture. I will be using a hashtag over on Instagram for each of these pictures: #mfafTLA16bookhaul. You can find me here.

I’ve shared these books so far:

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This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
Gifted by HA Swain
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

How was your week? Get any great mail?

Review of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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By: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in consideration for review.

My Rating:
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Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
This book. My goodness how I loved this story and the writing. The writing was like a dream…beautiful, elegant, and fairy-tale like with a hint of magic. Each word felt thought out and that it served a purpose. I loved that the imagery wove together to create themes within the story that carried through the entirety of the book. This is one you’ll want to reread multiple times.

The book was written in first person from Maya’s point of view. I felt completely immersed and like I’d been dropped into her character. I lived this story with her as it progressed. This book was completely captivating for me from start to finish. From the very first chapter heading, Not a Ghost, to the conclusion I was riveted. The ease with which Chokshi transports the reader from Maya’s home in Bharata to Akaran- a world of mystery and hidden truths- was impressive. Each setting was entirely original and yet the story seamlessly crossed over from one to the other.

The characters were so beautifully developed and yet they kept a hint of mystery throughout the novel. Amar was as much a mystery to the reader as to Maya and his character unfolded equally before me as Maya grew to know him. I felt her appreciation for him grow as did my own. My emotions were directly related to hers which was so powerful to the storytelling. This was the type of book that I felt.

Beyond the human characters there was even a demon horse. Yes. A. Demon. Horse. And to top it off this demon horse named Kamala, had a sense of humor and was one of the best characters in the book. I’m not really sure how that was possible but it was. It didn’t come off as cheesy at all. A talking horse does have that potential but somehow it worked and left me wanting demon horses to make more appearances. Seriously, I’d read a novella starring Kamala’s backstory.

Another element that I loved was the meshing of Indian culture with the story of Hades and Persephone with a touch of Beauty and the Beast. I felt that Chokshi executed this brilliantly. Truly, I don’t think there was a single element about this book that I didn’t love. I found it to be such a strong debut and story. The fact that it is a standalone makes it even better- one full does of awesome all in one book.

Final Thoughts:
The Star-Touched Queen was a glorious example of beautiful, dream-like writing, strong, complex characters and a storyline that had me invested start to finish. There wasn’t a single element about this novel that I found weak and would recommend it to everyone.

Stacking the Shelves

Another week has passed and again I’m not entirely sure where it went. I didn’t post a Stacking the Shelves last week so I’m combining those books with this week’s mail. Did you hear about the possibility of a Labyrinth reboot? I…just don’t know what to make of this. The idea has been talked about prior to Bowie’s passing but ugh. I don’t know. I don’t think I could see anyone else as Jareth. I think if they made a movie that was really different than the original it might be ok? I just don’t know.

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Now onto the books…Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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Thank you Disney, Random House, Harper, McDuffie Communications, Scholastic, Mary, Rachel, Julie, Penguin, Macmillan and St. Martins! What an amazing haul! I have zero self control so I dropped all things to read The Star-Touched Queen. I don’t know if you follow me on Twitter but I’ve been so eager to read it and had really high expectations. You can see what I thought here. I received The Crown’s Game last week and read it immediately. It was a 5 star read for me. I’m so excited to dive into these other books.

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What do you think of a Labyrinth reboot? Are you excited about any of the books I’ve gotten in the last two weeks?

Reasons to Pre-Order The Star-Touched Queen

I just finished this amazing book and was completely blown away with how beautiful the writing, story and characters were. This is a pre-order book for sure.

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Summary:
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

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  • THE WRITING- Roshani’s writing is so elegant, descriptive and generally beautiful.
  • The meshing of Indian culture with common myths/stories- Hades and Persephone with a touch of Beauty and the Beast
  • It’s a standalone
  • The romance is beautiful- I’m 100% on board this ship.
  • The main character, Maya, is seriously kick ass and has an amazing story arc
  • There is a flesh-eating demon horse that has a sense of humor.

Are you sold yet??

If you’d like to get a feel for the vibe of the book go check out Roshani Chokshi’s Pinterest page for the novel. So beautiful.

The Star-Touched Queen will be available from St. Martin’s May 3rd 2016. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound and your local store.