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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

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A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse...

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, its not just a story.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Flatiron Books
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    Sofia M Why, yes. I do agree with you! Not only is the cover similar but so is the title. At least the plot is different and I'm looking forward to this book…moreWhy, yes. I do agree with you! Not only is the cover similar but so is the title. At least the plot is different and I'm looking forward to this book anyway!(less)

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    chai ♡
    [bursts through the wall at such a high speed that I phase through solid matter] did someone say Persian-inspired setting and a sapphic romance?
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A poisonous girl threatens the peoples lives who dare to touch her (intentionally or accidentally) Poor Soraya suffers from loneliness, is exiled from her inner circle, living in the shadows because poison flows through her veins and she can kill somebody anytime. But a mysterious boy gets interested with her situation and he seems like he is not afraid of her.

    You may think what a great pilot, the boy will break the curse, fight with the demons and ride to the sunset singing take my horse to
    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
    Pages: 336
    Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Flatiron Books

    Dark, Unexpected and Completely Original!

    This book was totally different than I thought it would be. I expected something along the lines of Rapunzel, with a princess locked away in a castle only to be rescued by a prince who is able to see who she really is despite her differences. However what I got was a girl who didnt just sit in her room locked away and waiting to be rescued, but one who did what she could to rescue herself and
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Dec 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Recommended to Chelsea by: Flatiron Books
    ME: "Alright, I think I have enough snake covers on my book she-"

    Girl, Serpent, Thorn sashaying onto Goodreads:


    ME: "There's always room for more!!"

    *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
    This was so. Good. If you love queer fairytales, especially of the non-Western variety, do not do not do NOT miss this Persian-influenced bisexual one.
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    A fairy tale that takes inspiration from ancient Persian/Zoroastrian mythology. A princess is cursed to be poisonous to the touch and explores what inherent power might lie in such a curse. thanks for saving the YA retelling genre Melissa Bashardoust
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    review on my blog

    "You could kill me with a single touch. Why should you ever be afraid of anyone?"

    Soraya is cursed with a deadly touch, where poison flows through her veins and any living thing to come in contact with her dies. Isolated from her family and ruminating in the shadows, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. Her brother's upcoming wedding to their childhood friend and a div (demon) imprisoned underneath the castle inspire her to make her move, while a

    I will be participating in the blog tour for this release. My post will go up on Sunday, July 5th. Hope you can check it out!! Be well, book friends.



    I have been anticipating this release for such a long time. I absolutely adored Bashardoust's Snow White retelling, Girls Made of Snow and Glass.

    It is actually one of my favorite retellings ever. This sounds equally incredible and I cannot wait for it!

    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    I'm getting THE WINTER DUKE vibes from this oml
    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    Girl, Serpent, Thorn tell us the story of princess Soraya cursed to be poisonous to the touch.
    Soraya grows up locked away from her family and friends with only brief visits from her mother.
    One day her brother takes a demon prisoner and in the very same day, Soraya comes to know a new soldier boy who seems to take an interest in her.
    I really enjoyed the flawless, lyrical writing of the author. It was really beautiful, told like a very old fairytale. The mythology was Persian inspired and I had
    Emily Duncan
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Utterly perfect.
    Candace Robinson
    Superb writing but I just couldnt get into this one. 😩 ...more
    Emmy Neal
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *shakes book* ITS ALL THE FAIRY TALES AND ITS GAY!!!! ...more
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish
    (ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased)

    This was one of two books I read at the same time, that I found difficult to finish because I was just so incredibly bored (the other one was Havenfall). Originally I thought that this may because we've just hit the Coronavirus epidemic, but after finishing the books I realised that they both have major issues that affected my reading.

    This book sounded so, so good with hella Medusa vibes. It's based around
    Dannii Elle
    I would frame this cover and hang it on my walls for all eternity. I hope the story inside is just as good!
    Sep 07, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
    Bashardoust out here single-handedly revolutionizing fairy tale retellings 💪
    Rec-It Rachel
    4.5 stars

    Excellent YA fantasy with shocking twists and turns. I would recommend it with one caveat: the romantic endgame doesnt work as well as I wanted it to because 1) the heroine spends WAY more time with the villain (terrific, nuanced, monstrous, and semi-sympathetic villain) than with the love interest and 2) the romantic development needed to simmer more due to the comparatively smaller on-page interaction. I adored what existed of the romance; I just needed more of it so I could buy the
    Sep 30, 2017 marked it as anticipated-releases  ·  review of another edition
    I. NEED. IT.
    Cindy ✩☽♔
    Synopsis and cover have me even more excited than I already was! ...more
    Dec 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
    MAY????????? :/
    This is easily one of the my top 5 most anticipated books for 2020!!
    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    Jan 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: ya-lit
    Did someone steal this cover from the National Gallery or something
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs, 2020-releases
    An overall entertaining tale! I loved the main character and her growth and really liked the mythological inspirations, too :)

    Full review coming soon! :)

    Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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    Stephanie L (catteabooks)
    Girl takes control of her "curse" and uses it to rule the world instead of wallowing in self-pity. Or at least that's how I'm imagining this to turn out.
    ☾ h a d e e r ☽
    I think this is the first time I've ever appreciated a snake on a cover
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    I fell in love with Girl, Serpent, Thorn from the very beginning. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a story about possibility, power, and responsibility. It's a story about stories themselves, the danger and bravery of hope, and the possibility in each word. Soraya tugged at each of my heart strings. Faced with the pain of wanting something we cannot have, Soraya feels the ache and the
    Bonnie Wells
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    The beginning of this was a little shaky for me and I think it had a bit of a pacing problem, but once things got moving and the predictable part revealed itself, I really found myself sucked into this story! I'll admit that the writing was kind of hit or miss for me, sometimes it was really pretty, other times it felt a little clunky. I enjoyed the characters, although I think sometimes the writing kept me from fully loving them as much as I might have wanted to.

    But this was such a unique story
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    Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, childrens literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first ...more

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