Today's my stop on The Sin Eater's Daughter blog tour! My first five-star read this year. ;)
The Sin Eater's Daughter
by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Genre: YA, historical, paranormal/fantasy
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Source: Tour host
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
*This review is based on advanced reading copy. There might be some changes with finished copy.
The Sin Eater's Daughter is an irresistible book. Like most readers, I took a moment to sit back and let the blurb sink in to me. Because it does sounds like Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi). Some says it also sounds like Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas) and Graceling (Kristin Cashore) because of the same power the main character has, but I haven't read them yet. So I'm debating if I should read this book or not. I don't want to read a book similar to the other book I've read before, but the Goodreads rating and reviews didn't make it easy for me. Not long, though, I found myself signing up on Pinoy Book Tours for The Sin Eater's Daughter blog tour. I guess I really want to read this book. Bahala na si Batman (means). Come what may.
You know when you read a book, it's like you've opened a door to another world. In this book, I've opened a door to another dimension of that world. Like, literally different from the ones I've been. I almost feel like I'm dreaming. The writing and the world-building was exquisite and unique, almost to the point you can hardly believe it but it's beautiful at the same time. The author also wrote an extra-ordinary tale and characters that you cannot predict. There was some sort of a love triangle but I'm super glad there's no "she's mine, she deserve me" or "OMG, these two are super hot I cannot even decide who to pick" or--with a relieved sigh--insta-love.
And when I say you cannot predict the story and characters, I meant, YOU. CANNOT. PREDICT. My heart spent jumping and thudding so hard most of the time I'm reading. When there's a moment to finally recover to a thrilling scene, then another twist will appear. I swear I don't think it ever stops. Sometime near the ending, I took a break from the suspense. Because I needed air and I don't want to end it yet. And this is what I found out and realized after reading this book: it's not exactly like Shatter Me. It's different. If you hated it, you'll love this. If you loved it, you'll love this too. This is more than I/you thought it was.
The Sin Eater's Daughter was alluring and stunning and exciting and amazing and I LOVE it so much--not only because of the twists and thrill, but also because the overall was equally beautifully crafted. So, SO good. This book would make you catch for breath and your heart race. Amazing debut. Melinda Salisbury, you're brilliant. Gosh, I just can't move on. I love it so much and I wanted the sequel SO BAD. A literal example of a roller coaster ride/read. 5 solid stars for my first fave read in 2015!
If you're looking for a novel that sounds intriguing and exciting from the outside, read The Sin Eater's Daughter. If you're looking for a novel that sounds intriguing and exciting from the outside, has more surprises than you could ask for in the inside, would leave you breathless, and extra-ordinary compared to the previous books you've read, read The Sin Eater's Daughter. Because the inside is even more delicious than it appear to be on the outside. So you better check this out!
*Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for lending us a copy for review and to Scholastic Philippines for providing the copy in exchange of an honest review!