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Can we, just for a moment, admire how gorgeous this cover is?!

The story is just as amazing! Inspired by the Persian epic Shahnameh from the early eleventh century, the setting is lush and vivid. It’s an empowering story about learning to love the things about oneself that are different. While reading the story I kept thinking about the quote “Princesses, most often save themselves.” I can’t remember who coined that phrase but it very much applies to this story.

Melissa Bashardoust’s Girl, Serpent, Thorn is “an alluring feminist fairy tale” (Kirkus) 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, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

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May I also humbly recommend …

DP Blurb + jacket promo

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