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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

megdconway's review against another edition

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medium-paced

3.5

_jacket_oil_'s review against another edition

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hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

elizabeth_its_liz_reading's review against another edition

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3.0

I really liked the premise of this book and was interested in reading a retelling of a Persian epic. I thought it was a little slow at times, but I mostly enjoyed it. I liked the overall message, feminist vibes, and that there were a few unexpected twists in the story. I thought it was going in one direction and then it shifted in a much more interesting direction, which I appreciated. Though, I don’t think the story or characters ever fully pulled me in.

roeckitcody's review against another edition

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5.0

The best YA fantasy of 2020. Calling it now.

nicolejames143's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

tessaf's review against another edition

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2.5

The further in I got, the less I liked it. I just did not get on with any of the characters' mindsets (too much darkness for me maybe).

pinknoface's review

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Not for me, the romance takes too long to developed for a standalone and is just character work all the time 

lorbach's review against another edition

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2.0

2.5

manjala's review against another edition

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4.0

This was such a beautiful retelling of Persian mythology and fairytales. I loved the creatures, religion and worldbuilding in this one!
At first I felt like it was going to be quite a predictable and standard YA novel (especially in the romance department), but I ended up being surprised at quite a few moments and turns the story took that I didn't expect. Ofcourse there were still some tropey moments or predictable elements, but they didn't annoy me that much.
The writing was beautiful as well.
I also loved the characters, but mainly I thought the villain's characterization was interesting. (He was similar in a way to the Darkling, but better (don't sue me)) The decisions and beliefs that conflicted our main protagonist were believable, and I felt myself rooting for the "bad guys" quite a bit. Because this is a YA novel, the themes it explored didn't go quite as dark or in depth as I had hoped, but I still think the author chose a very balanced way of writing the story. The ending felt like a rightful and complete ending to the story, and I was happy with the way the author chose to end the protagonist's coming to terms with herself and her powers.

A side note, I really appreciate the cover and title of this book now that I've finished it. It suits the book perfectly in my opinion! <3 The audiobook narrator also did such a good job at narrating and bringing the characters to life, I loved how she did the accents.

I'd say I recommend this for lovers of fairytales and/or mythology alike, since this is a quick read as a standalone!

valentina_l's review against another edition

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hopeful inspiring relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75