Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter (#1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Published by: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 26, 2015
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MY RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS. 100% RECOMMENDED (FOR THE STRONG OF HEART)
I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girl she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous as the queen’s, some truths should not be told…
I’m going to warn you right now–this book will break your heart.
You think the story will unfold like the summary tells you it will. There’s the beautiful prince, fated to marry Twylla, and the brash young guard who comes to know her better than anyone. There’s the dangerous, powerful, manipulative queen, and a court that bends and sways at her desire. There’s a lush fantasy world; incredible and original magic; and a conspiracy hidden in plain sight. There’s tension, mystery, great characters, and brilliant writing. And there’s romance, one so hot and so sweet you can’t help but swoon~
But it’s a trap! IT’S A F*CKING TRAP.
This book will pull you in. You’ll fall in love with Twylla, with her little sister that she loves more than the world, with the prince who needs her help, with the guard who steals her heart. You’ll come to hate the way the Queen abuses her power, how ruthless and cold she can be, but be warmed by the friendly smile of the king at her side, and the tenderness you catch glimpses of in her son. You will be swallowed, headfirst, by the seamless and captivating writing; you will be crushed by the loss Twylla suffers in her short and isolated life. And when the book is finished, the last page finally empty in your hands, you will remember the story for what it was: A GIANT, UNFORGIVABLE DISASTER.
The ending of this novel will carve out your heart and crush it under someone’s heel. It will run hot and toxic through your blood until the heartache turns to blinding rage. I was so upset with the ending of this book that I not only gave it ZERO OUT OF FIVE STARS, I also kicked it under my couch, refused to look at it, or touch it, for days, and lay on the floor fuming for HOURS. The end of this book just broke my heart.
So I will recommend it, absolutely. It’s been a few months now, and I can give credit where credit is due. Melinda creates something so breathtakingly good that for a split second you forget yourself. You forget that you’re reading a book about a princess who falls in love with her guard instead of the prince, you forget that there’s kind of a love triangle (but not really), you forget that this book has one of the best religious sub-plots you’ve ever, ever seen. You forget that Twylla is strong and kick-ass, that Lief is headstrong and passionate. Melinda makes you forget everything, because all that matters is the story as it’s happening under your hands, as it flashes before your eyes. So when the ending comes, you don’t see it coming at all.
You’ll get to the end and you’ll say to yourself, “I should have known.” And you’re right. In any other book, you would have seen the ending coming from a mile away. But in this book, it completely blindsides you. It guts you raw and leaves you out for the crows. And then it ends, and you’re left with nothing but the shattered pieces of your heart and the burning knowledge that you need revenge, on something, on anyone, and you won’t get it until the second book comes out sometime next year.
So read this book–you absolutely must read this book. Read it for the electric chemistry between the characters, for the characters that come to life and pull you effortlessly into their world. Read it for the beautiful writing, the amazing pacing, the incredible protagonist, and the guard you’ll fall in love with before you can stop yourself. Read it for the Sin Eater herself, a woman who will change the way you think about villains, a woman who you’ll come to respect even if you never wanted too. Read it for the plot, for the world, for the descriptions and the fighting and the tension and the magic.
But please, for the love of all things, read this book at your own risk. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.