I thoroughly enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen – only because the writing was beautiful and distracted me from everything else.
Before me was a twinkling garden. But instead of potted plants and wilting flowers, every piece of this garden was bright and translucent, like it had been carved from glass. Everything was glass and crystal.
I generally don’t mind when there is no plot or the plot is extremely slow and not very prominent. I love beautiful writing, which The Star-Touched Queen had in spades, and I like slow, rambling stories, which this was. So I don’t really know why the plotlessnes of The Star-Touched Queen bothered me so much, but I think it’s because there is absolutely no character development, the instalove is really bad, and I guessed every single twist and saw every trap coming thirty years before the heroine. Or maybe it’s because there was so much potential!!
While I was reading I kept thinking of how much The Star-Touched Queen reminded me of Cruel Beauty, which is one of my favorite books. However, the latter has phenomenal character development and the former had almost none. I got little glimpses into what made Amar Amar, but not enough and I wanted more. He could have been such a compelling character. I mean, the secret surprise of who he is is SO COOL and something I always absolutely love! And Maya is not awful, but she’s definitely not memorable, and she also has some…issues. I’ll get to that later. The other characters were the same. Except for Guari, (ironically, since she got like 15 pages of appearances) they were very underdeveloped. My favorite was Kamala. She was pretty cool. Which is really sad because she is a horse.
So onto the instalove. Maya fell for Amar so fast it was hilarious. And painful. And she didn’t question Amar’s adoring love for her AT All. Like there’s this creepy guy who wears a hood and professes his undying love for you within minutes of meeting you.What do you do? Marry him.
I actually didn’t mind his adoring love. BUT ONLY because I guessed the biggest spoiler of the book. And I guessed that within pages of them meeting each other. So there goes that twist out the window. Boo. I also guessed the second biggest twist in the book before it was even hinted at. That was painful. I think the only major thing I didn’t guess was that Amar was that secret cool thing. (You’ll have to read to find out 🙂 And then instead of being surprised I was saddened because that’s when the Cruel Beauty similarities started coming in and I started wishing I was reading that instead.
Some readers have had issues with the weirdness of the Otherworld. I loved it, and that was not an issue for me. It did take me a while to know what was going on, but once I figured it out, it was great! It was all so visual and I love visuals and magic. I also loved the writing. That was gorgeous and some of the sentences were overwhelmingly beautiful in a good way. And I like Kamala. Way too much. I also liked the sisterly bond between Maya and Guari.
Now I’m sad. I really did like so much about this though! I just think so much more could have been done with it, especially the characters. You should read it though, because it’s preeety! Roshani Chokshi is a talented writer, and I will definitely be reading A Crown of Wishes in a few weeks.
Synopsis – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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.
3 Stars. No language/sex etc.