The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen Length H M 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 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 Listening Length Hours And Minutes

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❮KINDLE❯ ➛ The Star-Touched Queen ❥ Author Roshani Chokshi –
  • Kindle Edition
  • 353 pages
  • The Star-Touched Queen
  • Roshani Chokshi
  • English
  • 11 May 2019

10 thoughts on “The Star-Touched Queen

  1. says:

    I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars I want to measure eternity with your laughter I want to know what the fuck that means No, seriously, can someone tell me 1 1 2 stars The Star Touched Queen is a book full of dreamy, purple prose that is at times beautiful, and at others makes absolutely no sense But if you buy into these metaphors, put on your prose tinted glasses and let yourself get drunk on the glittering descriptions, I suppose you might be able to ignore The slut shaming woman hating The instalove obsession complete with nauseating sweet nothings The lack of character development The meandering plot The blind stupidity of the heroine The lack of world building beyond the nonsensical weirdness of the Otherworld Let s start at the beginning and break this down.The Star Touched Queen is not what I expected People often like to comment on my reviews that just because it isn t what you were expecting doesn t mean it isn t good Very true So I will also add that, for me, this book wasn t good, irrespective of my expectations But I had it in my mind that this book was a high fantasy entwined with mythology, kingdoms and death It s not It s yet another fairy tale esque retelling, based on stories like Beauty the Beast and Hades Persephone, and reminiscent of better books like Cruel Beauty, and not so great books like A Court of Thorns and Roses like this one, it has lots of kissing.The book opens with Maya being forced into a political marriage by her father When the groom is chosen, she must take a poison and martyr herself for the sake of her kingdom But at the point when all seems lost, a dashing suitor whirls into the room and takes her away to the Otherworld The love interest can be spotted immediately from the way the air changes when he enters the room When I looked at him, something stirred inside me It felt like recognition sifted through dreams like the moment before waking when sleep blurred the true world, when beasts with sharp teeth and beautiful, winged things flew along the edges of your mind.Being with him was like seeing for the first time. But, take a step back a minute Maya s lack of character development will remain throughout the entire novel, but it is in the early stages of the novel where she establishes herself as someone with no female friendships, lots of female enemies, and a tendency to slut shame I d rather spread ideas than legs, I hissed back But I doubt you would agree Suffice it to say, this book definitely does not pass the Bechdel test In fact, Maya has literally ONE female friend, who is wait for it a horse Which is almost hilarious.Not only is Maya allergic to all the other evil, slutty females in this book, but she is so freaking stupid I can t even I honestly cannot think of anything she does that was guided by her own decisions and brain cells does she even have any The plot is propelled along by her doing what everyone else tells her to do and being tricked into acting like an idiot The bad guys or should I say girls are not difficult to spot in this book The reader will spot the deceptions coming a mile away why is Maya so dense She has very few thoughts of her own.Maya Oh my god How could I be so stupid Me I literally DO NOT KNOW.The middle part of the book was the hardest for me to get through Once Maya becomes the queen of Akaran, the plot meanders and we are taken on repetitive tours Like Cruel Beauty, but less compelling, there are many doors, mysterious voices and mirrors It is this wandering part of the book where I could not see what we were reading towards What questions did we have to answer What made us turn the pages For me, I drew a blank.Fortunately for the plot, Maya acts stupid, gets bumped out of this world, and has to figure out how to get back to where she was That s right we basically reach the happy ending by the middle of the book, but Maya fucks it up to give us another 150 pages And to give another example of her a stupidity and b lack of original thoughts, this is what happens Gupta, what door is that He frowned Door What door He turned around and then asked sharply, What did it look like I hesitated Mother Dhina s words echoed keep some secrets for yourself. Yes Maya decides to withhold information about a weird voice coming from behind a door because of the words of an evil, conniving woman She would rather give weight to the words of someone who hates her than think for herself.Who would I recommend this book for Maybe those readers who like cursed romances, but don t care about character development, woman hating, or actions making sense Sorry, but it wasn t for me Points for Kamala, though The horse is the best thing in this book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

  2. says:

    Although I had never envisioned marriage, I had thought of love Not the furtive love I heard muffled in the corners or rooms of some of the harem wives What I wanted was a connection, a shared heartbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds I didn t want the prince from the folktales or some milk skinned, honey eyed youth who said his greetings and proclaimed his love in the same breath I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones I wanted the impossible. high pitched screaming Sorry about that.Oh My God I m speechless with glee and my head is spinning from this fantastical, lovely, exquisitely built tale The story can best be described as Greek mythology in a mythical Indian setting AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHSeriously, both of those elements promise to be magical, and trust me when I say you will not be disappointed by the way they are represented in this book I have always been fascinated by the image of the Indian royal court and the harem Call me a romantic, if you will, but I love the colors, I love the harems, I love the power play and the backstabbing I love the richness, and vibrancy of it It s something that has always fueled my imagination, and this book delivered on every front.Seventeen year old Princess Mayavati lives in the royal courts Though she is a princess, a charmed life it is most defintely not The belief upon horoscopes prevail, and upon her birth, Maya was predicted to have a cursed life As such, she may be a princess, but she lives her life as one ostracized.It s not all bad, because nobody pays attention to her, Maya gets the run of the court She reads She spies on her father That independence soon comes to a close when Maya gets the shock of her life she is to be betrothed to the a foreign prince to avert war between their nations Life is over as she knows it Instead of freedom, Maya will now live a life in a gilded cage to a stranger But her wedding is a bitunexpected A soldier s hand grasped for me, but Amar pulled me away Arrows zoomed past, but each time one came near, he would whirl me out of the way He moved fluidly, dodging javelins, always a few steps behind me, a living shield. Oh snap Not your traditional wedding, that s for sure.Against all hope, Maya finds happiness She finds love She finds a partner But what fun is it if the story just ended there There s magic and mystery and hidden rooms, and then there s the mystery of her groom itself The groom that s just too good to be true, and perhaps is That night, I dreamed of locked doors and baying hounds, rooms that were night dark and a beast king that smiled and laughed around a mouthful of broken stars to sing one phrase over and over I know the monster in your bed. Maya is such a wonderful character She may have suffered from her loneliness, but she never becomes a martyr She has strength that comes from such loneliness And unlike other characters in other books who frustrates by building an impenetrable wall of bitchiness around their heart, Maya is open to what her heart desires One criticism may be that she is too easily susceptible to romance, but I compare it to a man dying of thirst, confronted with a bounty of water.The world building is incredible From the mythology within her worldIn all the tomes and folklores I had read from the archives, there was no limit to the worlds around us Somewhere unseen were demonic realms filled with laughing asuras and blackedned suns There were austere kingdoms on the peaks of mountains where phoenixes serenaded the moon and the halls of the gods glinted with lightning And there was our own, human world, mortal, with only the comfort of stories to keep away the chill of death And the romance THE ROMANCE IT S HOPELESSLY ROMANTIC What do you want from me He stopped, the smile was gone from his lips I want your perspective and honesty, he said, before adding in a softer voice, I want to be humbled by you My kingdom needs a queen It needs someone with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile It needs someone restless and clever It needs you IT S WILDLY, MADLY ROMANTIC AND GUESS WHAT I DON T GIVE A SHIT It was beautiful and glorious and my heart sings with joy All quotes are taken from an advanced reader s copy and is subject to change in the final edition.Read this review and The Book Eaters

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    All fantasy readers, are you ready to meet your favourite 2016 publication That s right, it s that good.The first thing you ll notice when you start reading this gem is the elegant writing If it doesn t sweep you off your feet, color me dumbstruck I can t imagine someone being immune to it An angel must have written this story My kingdom needs a queen, he said It needs someone with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile It needs someone restless and clever It needs you As I was reading the story, a thought kept popping up my mind how the hell did Maya survive this long, even with those guards Everyone simultaneously hates and fears her Even her own father wants her dead In a time when horoscopes act as gods and determine if a person is trustworthy or not and the kind of future that awaits them, your destiny better be bright.Maya has the darkest horoscope of them all.The Raja of Bharata, her father, decides to marry her off, in order to gain an ally for when the upcoming war bursts to life So she gives up the sliver of freedom she still had and marries But not to anyone to the King of the Otherworld She quickly learns, though, that there is to Amar than charming promises.I admired her strength and how feministic her values are the most She wants from life than to just be wife she yearns for education, freedom and she doesn t blindly trust men And let s not forget the fact that she plays the role of the saviour Amar, too, is very intent on equality and treating Maya with all the respect she deserves My star touched queen, he said softly, as if he was remembering something long ago I would break the world to give you what you want I truly wish this was a series When I turned the last page, I just couldn t bring myself to say goodbye to the characters I grew, in only a few days, so attached to and therefore went back to reading my favourite passages to pluck beautiful quotes here and there However, the author lovely concludes the story You won t be disappointed in that department.I m impressed at how automatically I liked the love interest I didn t even review his qualities or looked for flaws it just happened, and quickly, too Maybe you ll find him a little too intense, but if the romance in Cruel Beauty worked out for you, I don t see why you wouldn t adore the relationship between Maya and Amar You just have to know that Amar is a sweet talker, but he s always genuine or is he The world building is a bit less developed than I thought it would be when I heard of the whole never seen before concept of horoscopes mirroring a person s fate Why Very few settings and a lack of meaningful interactions with diverse secondary characters Except, I took in consideration that this is a standalone and that it s hard to well include both of those elements in a one book story On the plus side, you ll find that the original plot, three dimensional characters and gripping dialogs shine You know nothing about me I know your soul Everything else is an ornament Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google

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    I know I m in the minority with this one I gave a full star simply for the writing Other than thatthe book lost me It was hard to stay interested Gorgeous writing is not enough to make up for what it s lacking in plot and characters.I admit it I saw all the hype surrounding The Star Touched Queen..all those 5 star reviews And I needed to read it A retelling of Hades and Persephone Fairy tale like story A girl cursed by the stars What could go wrong Unfortunatelyme and this story weren t friends.This book is filled to the brim with lush, flowery prose Metaphors galore, over descriptions, lyrical writing If this doesn t interest you, I d already suggest reading something else I meanthe writing I get it, I can appreciate it But it got to a point where it was just way too much If we took the book and cut out all the overly descriptive sentences and metaphors, it would be less than half the size and that s being generous.There was so much lacking when it came to plot Not a lot happens And when something does, it doesn t even make sense Nor does it flow well The plot is hard to follow I found myself so completely lost at times Other times, I found myself bored I really had to push myself to keep reading.Where was Maya s characterization Where did we establish who she is I don t feel like we knew her I don t feel like we knew any of the characters really Which brings me to the romance at the center of it allThe insta love is real OH BOY is it real Although I understand the purpose within the plot of this particular book, it was still nauseating and overall just annoying It s hard to care about any relationship when it begins like this.Again I ll mention that while I can appreciate the beauty of the writing, it wasn t enough for me Luckily I still haven t read some of The Star Touched Queen s closely compared novels such as Cruel Beauty, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and A Wrath and the Dawn all of which which I ve heard are similar, but seem a little my thing I think I ll just read those and pretend this didn t happened.

  5. says:

    Goodreads is saying I ve read this for the second time but this is my first time reading it as it has with a lot of books since adding the rereading feature Need sometime to think on it also it s 5am so I will update later

  6. says:

    you know that feeling when you finish a book and enjoy it, so you go creep on your friends reviews to see how much they like it as well, but then you have to slowly back away because than half of them DNF d it no just me okay then haha yikes i honestly had no idea so many people disliked this book i mean, i can sort of understand how it might have bored some people, but i actually quite liked this i thought the writing was imaginatively descriptive, the story was unique and magical, and i was pretty much entertained throughout the entire book the only complaint i do have was the ending it left with me with a huh okay reaction, which was a little anticlimactic, but it didnt ruin the book for me i feel so sad that a lot of people didnt enjoy this, but the book had high entertainment value for me personally 3.5 stars

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    He loved her And she loved him And in such bliss does devastation grow Rating I must admit, I m a bit conflicted on how I want to rate and review this book I enjoyed reading The Star Touched Queen but at the same time, I did have a few issues that stuck out to me and affected my reading experience.The Star Touched Queen was like The Wrath and the Dawn meets Cruel Beauty meets A Court of Thorns and Roses with Indian mythology added into the mix A lot was going on and I was really lost 90% of the time I was reading I think even when the truth was unveiled, I became even confused as to what was happening I had hoped that once everything was explained, it all would start to come together but it never really didRoshani s writing is very vibrant and beautifully detailed Her sentences are weaved together perfectly to create such melodious prose However, I did find the writing to be both a strength and a weakness when it came to The Star Touched Queen On the plus side, the lush writing provided the readers with such fruitful imagery Unfortunately, at times I did feel overwhelmed with the amount of details that were given to us The imagery, of course, was enthralling but in certain parts it became too much and too flowery to the point where it took away from the plot because I often found myself getting lost in the descriptions.Secondly, I felt that the world building was a bit confusing Even after finishing the book, I m still unsure of how the world works How the threads worked How the palace worked I m not even sure I m just completely lost with this book The only thing I understand is that the palace has different rooms Obviously But different as in There s a different world in every room Every room is a gateway to another world Goodness, I honestly don t even know.One of the things I did enjoy was the star crossed relationship between Maya and Amar However, I did feel that they were a bit insta lovey in the beginning I just think that any relationship that deals with past lives or past loves , is a bit tricky to handle in order to avoid coming off as insta love just because of that instant spark that they re supposed to feel due to the whole past love thing But I decided to just look past the insta love part and found myself enjoying the chemistry between Maya and Amar.The Star Touched Queen wasn t really how I expected it to be It s sad to say that I m a little disappointed but I have no doubt that Roshani will write many great books in her future Roshani s writing is very artistic and beautiful, and I wish I could ve enjoyed it to its full potential but it didn t work for me I can understand completely how other readers would enjoy The Star Touched Queen It s very creative and diverse I sure haven t read any books based on Indian mythology and I give Roshani props for trying to pursue this We need diversity in YA and I m glad she decided to contribute to this movement Although I didn t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to, I have faith that this author will accomplish a lot with her future books She is a great writer and a great person to talk to I will read anything that Roshani writes and support her 100%.

  8. says:

    Wonderful mythic fantasy Definitely recommend it

  9. says:

    Kill, if you must String a garland of severed heads around your waist if you want I would take you in my arms if you were drenched in blood or dressed in rubies but think Impulsiveness is a dangerous thing You guys, this was so beautiful The Star Touched Queen is a loosely based retelling of the Greek mythology surrounding Hades and Persephone, but told in a setting to completely celebrate Indian culture I loved every aspect of the retelling, but I also loved every new and inventive way Roshani crafted this into her own story This was lush, and engaging, and so romantic This was an absolute treat to read.Maya is the daughter of a very powerful Raja, who is constantly trying to keep a war at bay Maya is also the daughter of a woman who was a part of her father s harem, but died while giving birth to her In this world, horoscopes are read like prophecies once you are born, and they are very important and very dependent on what your future will bring.Maya s horoscope is one that promises she will be married to death, therefore many people in her community treat her awful Also, this makes her very undesirable for a marriage proposition Though, her father soon becomes very desperate and arranges a marriage for Maya while covering up her real horoscope and replacing it with another of better fate He loved her And she loved him And in such bliss does devastation grow Obviously, the story takes a very unexpected turn, and Maya is thrown into a world where secrets literally hide behind every door We get to see her grow, and learn, and become strong on her own and decide what she wants for her life This is a story about a girl learning what she is capable of, without her father s power, or her brother s kingdom, or her husband s help and that s so damn beautiful This story places a heavy emphasis on love, but also the importance of sisterhood, motherhood, and friendship And the price and weight we put on all those titles And the good and bad things we are willing to do for the sake of those relationships And the romance, the romance is so good I was swooning so hard at some of these lines And even though I think the writing could be almost too lyrical at times, this book had some of the best one liners I ve ever read Also, on a completely unrelated note, I m also completely in love with a certain sassy, flesh eating, demon horse I would break the world to give you what you want Overall, I loved this It was diverse, and so well crafted, and the world building was phenomenal It was swoon worthy, and empowering, and a joy to read I want so badly to read the spin off, A Crown of Wishes, now I was blessed to meet Roshani this October at the Goodreads Power User Summit in San Francisco, and she was honestly the sweetest and kindest author I ve ever met I knew I couldn t let 2017 end without giving The Star Touched Queen a proper review This in no way has impacted my rating or review, but I just wanted to let you know what an absolute angel is she And this was a buddy read with another confirmed angel, Sonja Twitter Tumblr Instagram Youtube Steam Twitch

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    ARC Review Inspired by Indian folklore and Greek mythology, The Star Touched Queen is a beautifully written, captivating story luscious in detail and suffused with vivid imagery Cursed with a horoscope upon birth that promises a marriage of death and destruction, seventeen year old princess Maya is feared by the people in her fathers kingdom Made to feel outcast and inadequate, Maya embarks on a journey to unravel her true identity As she embarks on this quest she is met with lies, deceptions, betrayals and finally, the revelation of she really is and what role she plays in this world To say that I loved this book, is an understatement Words can not describe how much I absolutely adored this story The character development was phenomenal I truly felt a connection with these characters on many levels Maya, our main character, who even though she is feared and pushed aside by the rest of the wives and her sisters, she does not let their harsh words and cruel whispers dissuade her from seeking happiness In fact, she prefers to be left alone To let no one in Except one person, Gauri, her younger sister Maya would do anything for Gauri The love she has for her younger sister is a strong and passionate thing At night, to chase away the bad dreams, she tells her stories of other worlds and its strange mythical creatures The Romance was magical The love story was enchanting and captivating, bringing tears of joy to my eyes Romance is a strong element in The Star Touched Queen Also, get this NO LOVE TRIANGLE Refreshing, right The writing was graciously beautiful and mesmerizing It made the romance in the story a hundred times beautiful The writing was also not only marvelous, but breathtaking Every word was pure gold In its own way, it was magical A piece of art The world building was spectacular Roshani Chokshi has created a world so complex and intricate, it blew me away Never have I envisioned anything with such great detail To top it all, there is a demon horse, Kamala She is fierce, has a dark sense of humor, and sass for days Or like eternity As a demon horse she loves to eat people She always wants to eat someone She jokes constantly and throws sass in every direction She could eat me and I would put up no fight, I would just thank her Kamala is my precious diamond My spirit animal And then there s that one bites on tongue to keep from using an insulting name person we hate She infuriated me so much Like girl I ve got some words for you But anyway, moving on now because spoilers Just know I really wanted to put in axe in her face Full of revelations and a stunning conclusion, The Star Touched Queen is a remarkable and imaginative story with Indian and Greek mythology woven into every last word Mark your calendars because The Star Touched Queen hits shelves April 26th And trust me, you won t want to miss out on this one.

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