Review: The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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The Sin-Eater’s Daughter

by Melinda Salisbury

YA Fantasy, Romance

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Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful 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 a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favour of a doomed love?


This, like many others, has been a book that’s been in my TBR pile for so goddamn long. This was a pick from my TBR jar and I was initially glad so I could finally get around to this trilogy – or just a book by Melinda Salisbury, full stop.

However, I kind of had a meh feeling coming away from this book. It wasn’t bad…but it also wasn’t great. You know when you get those books that just literally sit on the fence of whether you liked it or not. The Sin-Eater’s Daughter had a hooking premise from the beginning. I was really interested in the concept and I thought I’d be in for a thrilling start to an exciting trilogy. When I finished it, I didn’t dislike it but I really expected more from it.

The world building was strong, but I think the book’s pacing let it down. I enjoyed the twist at the end but ultimately the characters are sort of forgettable – something I think Salisbury could work on. However the dialogue was sharp and witty and I loved the interactions between different characters. I also enjoyed the plot, it felt magical and fairly original for a UKYA fantasy novel.

This leads me to the question: do I continue the series or not? I didn’t hate the book, so I still feel somewhat invested in the characters and would like to see where the next book leads them. I more than likely will read the sequel and see what I think, but for any avid Salisbury fans reading this – would you encourage me to keep going? Does it get better or does it only go downhill from here?

Let me know in the comments below!


3 star

ARC Review: Floored

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Floored 

by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

YA Contemporary, Mystery

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The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.


*Thanks so much to the publisher and Beatrice May for sending me an ARC in exchange for a review, as well as giving me the opportunity to be on the blog tour!*

If you haven’t heard about Floored yet, you seriously must be living under a rock. It is, without a doubt, one of the most highly-anticipated books of the decade and a collaborative novel between seven of the UK’s leading, bestselling YA authors. And after reading this book, the hype is damn well worth it.

I’ve only read Barnard, Bourne, Pratt and Williamson’s works but that didn’t matter. I was thoroughly able to enjoy this fantastic book without reading any of Salisbury, Wood or Byrne’s. And better yet, Floored has definitely made me want to check them out.

All of the characters in this novel are so well-polished and though they’re all bizarrely different, they complement each other so well! The mystery of the book too is built up so well from the very first page. It was such a hard book to put down! Every time I stopped reading I was just dying to know what was going to happen next. Also, I think it was such a clever idea to set it over a couple of years and give each character a chapter per year. Being an avid Holly Bourne fan going in, I thought I’d immediately be able to suss what character was hers but I just couldn’t! My guesses are on my Twitter if anyone wants to look but I cannot wait to find out.

I would 100% recommend this book to you all if you haven’t already got it on your wishlist! It comes out on the 12th of July, in just five days’ time!

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You can also check out my next Floored post on the 14th of July, which is part of a really special blog tour or this! There are some amazing bloggers involved so I would really keep an eye out for it!

I hope you enjoyed this review and can’t wait to see what you all thought of this fantastic book in the comments below!

 

Until next time, Ross!


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