Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336

I am the perfect weapon.
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.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...
My Thoughts
The whole idea of this story is fantastic! The cover is so cool! I really did enjoy it!

This story followed a girl named Twylla who is "blessed" by the gods with the power to kill with a touch. Confused? Just roll with it for a sec. Because Twylla is "blessed" she brings hope to the people of Lormere due to the belief that she is literally the daughter of the gods, hence given such a powerful gift.

However, due to this, Twylla is very lonely. She always has two guards with her, one of which is always switched out for a new one for time to time. Due to her "gift" she can't touch anyone so people are terrified of her. Twylla is a likable character but extremely naive and that got to be a bit of a problem and a bit annoying. She does whatever the queen (who is bat-crazy) bids her to do and even wear (which the queen likes her in red, red hair with a red dress). Even touch people who are sentenced to die, they die at her hand. The character development with her is great and I enjoyed watching her develop and change into the person she becomes at the end. She was always strong she just didn't know it.

During this time we find out that Twylla is engaged to the Prince who has been gone for two years. Before he left he paid little or no attention to Twylla yet when he comes home Twylla does something that catches his attention.

When one of Twylla's guards falls ill she is left with only one who is new and hasn't been properly trained and therefore breaks A LOT of rules. This is when things start to get complicated and interesting. However you kind of can see the writing on the wall.

A big turn off was the romance. UGH!!! It was annoying and I was sorely disappointed.

Overall I was impressed with the world building and the characters. I liked the idea of the story and the twists and turns the author decided.

Sexual Content: moderate (PG-kissing and knowledge that two characters slept together)
Language: mild
Violence: moderate (PG- creepy animals who kill and eat people, deaths not too graphic)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild (some social drinking)

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1 comment:

  1. Gosh - what a shame about that romance. I've heard similar things, though, so I'm not really surprised. Still I am looking forward to seeing what I think of this one! Great review.