Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
From the instant I started The Star-Touched Queen, I knew I was going to fall in love with it. And I did. I met the author at Yallwest before starting the book, but I began it that night. Not to mention, Roshani Chokshi is both gorgeous and so sweet.
Chokshi has a special way of wrapping you up in the atmosphere of her story. I wanted to live there and I felt like I did. The world-building is magical and wonderful and I fell head over heels in love. I especially want to visit the Night Bazaar because that sounded AMAZING. Can I live there? Please???
ALSO, can I have a talking horse? Kamala was one of my favorite parts, she was so so so hilarious. I was dying.
Okay, but I did have a few problems that dropped it down a star…
The plot was fairly lacking and I was confused more than once. I also didn’t really see a designed path, it just felt kind of weak. I also 100% did not buy the romance. I actually kind of hated Amar. At the end, I felt some of the romance and cuteness, but it was really weak early on and throughout the middle.
Though, despite these weak points, I hardly read a book with such a developed world and writing that swept me off of my feet. I think as Chokshi continues writing, her plot and character chemistry will improve. Debut novels usually are not amazing. I might read A Crown of Wishes, but I haven’t decided yet. I love that it’s set in the same world, but I do hate when stories stray from the main characters. We’ll see.