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The Star-Touched Queen

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The Star-Touched Queen

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN is the stunning YA debut by Roshani Choskni, whose works draw on her Filipino and Indian heritage. This is her first novel,  but definitely not her first writing experience, and she has been nominated for numerous awards for her work.
 
The story of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN follows Maya, a princess with an undesirable horoscope, riddled with death and destruction. One day Maya’s father, the Raja, arranges a marriage for her for political advancement. Maya marries and becomes queen of another kingdom shrouded in secrets. Maya hunts for the answers she has been looking for throughout the novel. Romance, mystery, magic and politics diverge into an excellent story that is unforgettable, mystical, and yet tangible, in this whirlwind of a novel.
"Romance, mystery, magic and politics diverge into an excellent story that is unforgettable, mystical, and yet tangible, in this whirlwind of a novel."
I really loved THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. The way Roshani wove this story together was brilliant. Everything worked in a way you understood in the end. I absolutely adore the characters Maya, Amar and Gupta. The writing was so poetic, which I am usually not a huge fan of, but it just made the story that much better. The plot moved at a slow-burn for the most part and kept me intrigued the entire time. This book wasn’t very long, but held so much in so very little pages. The only thing I wish we had more of was the ending, which seemed a little bit rushed. This had so much world-building that was surprisingly not boring, and we don’t usually see that with fantasy standalones. I did like the fact that it is a standalone, and I wouldn’t have to wait for the next book.
 
Roshani did an amazing job writing this novel, and I would highly recommend it. This book is definitely unlike anything I have read, and I have full confidence that it will be a big hit among readers. If you love fantasy, or you just want to try something new, pick up this fantastic debut novel and it will be so much more than you expected.

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on April 26, 2016

The Star-Touched Queen
(The Star-Touched Queen #1)
by Roshani Chokshi