The Sin Eater's Daughter
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion are merrily on their way to Emerald City. Dorothy stops.
Dorothy: Do you hear that noise? It sounds like someone's crying! Look over there, that poor book!
Everyone stops at the side of the road, there's a book discarded, pages torn out.
Dorothy: Oh, no! What happened, book? Why did someone throw you away?!
The book is openly sobbing, they can hear the sound of uncontrollable weeping. Its own ink is ruining the ...more
It took me months. Months. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't that bad. In fact, I had very high expectations and the story seemed very promising, but there were some factors that prevented me from enjoying it (although the second half was way better than the first).
1. Do you see this gorgeous cover? With the girl contained in a vial? That is exactly the feeling I got while reading The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I felt claustrophobic, Twylla's life ...more
The book is definitely focused on the romance as ...more
MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS BECAUSE I NEED TO SCREAM ABOUT IT.
●Oh my god, y'all the world building is absolutely incredible. It has a huge religious/mythological aspect to it and it's incredibly well written. This world is dark, dangero ...more
This freaking book! The freaking Queen is an evil jerk! How in the world can I review this without telling all of the evil things she has done and it's still not the half of it!
Okay, poor old Twylla is told she is a Daunen Embodied - has to do with gods and stuff. She's supposedly poisonous to the touch and she's the Queen's Executioner. The King doesn't ever have too much to say, but he does like to hear Twylla sing. The Queen wears the pants in the family!
And the Queen has a son from her pre ...more
Just one thing:
I really did
Happy Waiting ...more
[edited 3 April: added a bit more stuff and changed some of the wording]
This book. Sigh. Where to start? The Sin Eater's Daughter was a very disappointing read. It tells the story of Twylla, Daunen Embodied - a daughter of a god who brings life and another that brings death. Twylla's touch is "deadly" and her skin emits a poison that kills slowly. She is Lormere's executioner. That's it! She doesn't go on a journey or anything or leave the castle let alone kingdom. ...more
People, don't be fooled by the low average rating (by which I am exceedingly baffled): this book is utterly, absolutely, deliciously unique and splendid. I devoured it.
•The very first chapters are a bit misleading; they make for a low-profile start, leading the readers to think they're in front of no unusual YA. Around chapter three or four, though, things radically change: the world building, ...more
Actual rating: 3.5
“That's the problem with fairy tales, they change with the telling.”
Dark, gripping, elusive, multilayered, painful, real. This is how one writes a dark fairy tale.
Three days ago when I first opened The Sin Eater's Daughter, had I known it'd become one of those books that will capture my attention and surprise me in a best way possible? No, I did not. When you expect nothing from a book and get in the end everything you dreamed of, it's a kind of revelation. This book feels mag
WHAT.DID.I.JUST.READ??? I CANNOT, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, COMPREHEND THE FULL DEPTH & AWESOMENESS OF THIS BOOK.
IT'S JUST TOO MUCH.....
But, ooh, WOW, what an heartbreaking, handshaking, mind racing, tear falling, emotional, BOMBSHELL of all book!!
THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
I NEED book 2 like I need air in my lungs!!!
It's KILLING ME not having it!!
NOW EXCUSE ME AS I SWOON OVER IT'S AWESOMENESS:
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
From it's unique and original plot, to it's fa ...more
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Book One of The Sin Eater's Daughter series
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: 2 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 ...more
To be totally honest, I was hoping this would be like Graceling, The Poison Study,The Throne of Glass and the Fair Assassin series. When I saw the cover and the title, I thought it would be a bad ass YA Fantasy.You know, with a lot of:
•ass kicking :
•character’s running for their lives
•some poisons involved
•sarcasm (preferably between the hero and the heroine)
•a good secondary character/ sidekick
•a very very evil villain
This is an 2.0 review
I have such high expectations for this book. REALLY HIGH
AHAHA this book miserably failed me.
It has a remarkable resemblance with shatter me which I love a lot.
- The girl has a touch that could kill people
- A fine love triangle which is not interesting at all
HOWEVER what's different in this book is that it's BORING BORING BORING and there's no fluffy cute Warner.
I felt like nothing happen until late 80%, which the plot in this book i ...more
As soon as I started I knew most would get turned off by the massive info dumping from the first few chapters. I don't mind these, they're telling you exactly what is up with the world and it sets up the story. Obviously, I would rather have a story unravel in bits and pieces where the m ...more
Originally t ...more
The Sin Eater's Daughter came with a lot of promise but in the end, turned out to be a waste of my time.
Twylla, the book's heroine literally does nothing in this book. She sits there in that sad little corner of her's and she sulks and complains about her life. I mean, YOU WERE MEANT TO BE THIS BADASS CHICK WITH HELLA SCARY POWERS. What the hell happened to that? I am disappoint. Furthermore, the instant-love in this one is horrid, guys. I cannot with it. The ...more
This book is a bad fairy tale.
A hundred sad emoticons aren't enough to portray how disappointed I am. The cover lured me. But ya'll know what they say, Don't judge a book by it's cover. The story revolves around Twylla (what a pathetic name, eh?)
who is the if-ya-touch-ma-poisonous-skin-ya'll-gonna-get-poisoned-and-die Daunen Embodied (what a pathetic title, eh?) who is starting to fall for her new guard while she is supposed to marry the princ ...more
This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.
I had exceedingly high hopes for The Sin Eater's Daughter, what with that stunning cover and a synopsis that sounded beyond awesome. And while I do think that summary is a bit misleading, this novel went above and beyond my expectations.
Salisbury's debut is magnificent in its exploration of a desperate kingdom, where fairy tal ...more
I need a moment so I can process what I just read...
I absolutely fell in love with Salisbury writing style. I think it fits perfectly with this awesome high fantasy story. I could see the castle and the court and also their downfall so vivid on my mind, it was pretty great.
The plot was, at times, predictable but I learned quickly that Salisbury has this thing that, it doesn't matter if you know what's going to happen, it still surprises the hell out of you. That's what happened to me.
So, we have ...more
I'm not sure about this one. Unique concept but not that captivating
What I liked
- I liked the idea of this book. A girl whose mother is a sin eater (someone that ‘eats’ the sins of people that died to make sure they find peace in the after life. Each sin is represented by a particular food item so by the food represented, you know what types of sins the person committed) and the girl herself becomes ‘Daunen Embodied’ which is someone who is blessed by the gods and has the ability ...more
Actual Rating 4.5
This book though. It is so deliciously intense and I cannot help but want to jump up and down with equal parts excitement and fear. There is so much I want to say about this book but so much I cannot say without spoiling certain things.
For starters though, I would like to commend Melinda on her geniusness. Seriously. She is super clever and I just want to, I don’t know, do something to let her know how much I appreciate her c ...more
The Sin Eater’s Daughter was more of a romance set in a made up medieval kingdom than a fantasy.
The religion building. I would say world, but though we know about Lor ...more
In the stories of old, a hero is the one who sweeps in with drawn sword and noble face, to kill the dragon and free the princess. In the stories of old it never seems to dawn on the princess that she should be careful not to put herself at the mercy of those who would do her ill in the first place. I don’t live in the stories of old.
UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT!
This book's opening is one of the strongest I have ever read. Nor ...more
I'm not sure what I was expected from this book but I'm sure is not what I got.
When talking of female protagonists in YA novels, one of the most polarizing I can think of is Bella Swan from the Twilight saga. She's loved by many and detested by at least as many (count me in the second group). One of the criticisms level against Bella is how passive she is along the story, barely taking any action at all. Well, if you dislike ...more
My rating of The Sin Eater’s Daughter series:
The Sin Eater’s Daughter ★★★☆☆ (2.75/ ...more
I expected something else. I pictured something else.
I hate this book— and I’m not sure if that’s my way of liking it by showing a negative affection. For certain, I’m not feeling any love for the book. I don’t even know if I want to read the next book.
1) I don’t like the characters.
Let’s call the protagonist “T-Ball.” She annoys me. The only time I remotely liked her was when she went thr ...more
Twylla was once The Sin Eater's Daughter before destiny chose her to be Daunen Embodied and she was plucked from her simple village life to live in the palace and become the betrothed of the Crown ...more
Other books in the series
"I don't believe there are any at all," he says quietly. "But I believe there are men and women whose lives are made easier by believing someone is watching over them.”