{Effie Reviews} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Posted February 23, 2017 by Effie in Reviews / 10 Comments

{Effie Reviews} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

by Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #1
Published on April 26th, 2016
by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Gifted
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Also by this author: A Crown of Wishes, Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1), The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

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.

4 Stars

Well this was a nice and fun read! And so diverse!

I mean it was amazing how the author created this indian-styled world, complete with myths, legends and fairy tales. And it was amazing to finally be thrown into a world completely unlike what I’m used to. The story is just amazing because of all these details the author put in here. Everything felt so real and it sucked me right in while reading.

The Night Bazaar and Naraka were incredible to read about. When i read those parts, it almost felt like I could smell and hear and see what was written on the pages right before my very eyes. The details are so vivid and colourful and GAH DO I REALLY NEED TO GO ON?????

And while I don’t usually say much about it, I have to say that the dialogue is fantastic! Every little interaction between the characters is simply amazing. I just love the almost lyrical and magical conversations that happens in the book. It all fits so perfectly with each other and dragging you along with it.

So yes, you can say I really love the writing style of this book.

Next up is characters and oh do I feel the love for them too.

Mayavati is our protagonist and we see everything through her eyes. And I really liked her she’s snarky, distrustful and a wild soul. She’s unlike most female MC’s I know in the books I’ve read so far. She’s also very talented in creeping around and spying on everything. Her mind is fascinating too. It was fun to be inside her head and watch her come to conclusion whether they were right or wrong. Her voice didn’t annoy me like a lot First POV female MC do.

Amar is completley different in the respect that I do like him, but I feel that I don’t know him. He’s a good character and what he did see of him, I really did like him. But I missed more depth, I missed more feeling I guess. I couldn’t root for him like I rooted for Maya.

There’s also Gupta, he’s strange and quirky and I like him. I wish there was more of him in the book. I can’t exactly explain why I like him so much (perhaps even more then Amar) but he’s just a cool character and quirky. So quirky!

And Kamala! I LOVE KAMALA!!! She’s so weird for a pishacha or flesh-eating demon. She reminds me of Gollem and no I don’t mean that as an insult. But she was funny and her speech pattern cracked me up a few times. I couldn’t help myself! Also she’s a flesh-eating demon HORSE!!! It made my day to read about a sassing horse.

There a few others as well that I’d like to mention. Like Nritti the “villain” so to speak in this story. She’s not what I expected. She looks and sounds to sweet at times and the she turns into this viper, filled with malice. The transformation is fascinating to read about. She’s also very manipulative and good at it too. Another I want to highlight is Gauri, Maya’s half-sister. She doesn’t get much page-time but I like her and I like what she became later in the book as well. One more character I figured should be mentioned is Mother Dhina. I don’t like her, even at the end when she does show some remorse, I just don’t like her. She has this mean streak inside her that reminds me of some of the bullies from my past. So I doubt I’ll ever like her, but she’s still a great character.

So why am I not giving the book the full rating? Because there were 2 points that bugged me throughout the story. The first one was the way it all felt a bit rushed. Everything happened so fast that sometimes it was hard to keep up. The other thing, though it’s minor in comparison, was the “romance” in the book. Okay so there’s not much of it. But what there was, I felt kinda “meh” about it. Yes, it’s still a good chunk of the plot. I don’t know, I just don’t feel much for it.

All that aside now. The Star-Touched Queen was a really good read and I’m hoping more people will read it, because it’s really worth it.



About Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling. The Star-Touched Queen is her first novel.

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10 responses to “{Effie Reviews} The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

  1. Nathan

    It is good to read books that are different from your normal reads. The diversity in this book has me interested. This is a good review and the flesh-eating demon horse is not a common character to find in a story.

    • Effie

      Thank you. I know, me too! I loved the indian style, I could practically smell the spices and hear the noise when I read through the book.

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