The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Maya is cursed with a horoscope that makes her feared and alone. When her father arranges a political marriage for her, Maya is forced to go along with it for the sake of the safety of the kingdom. But when Maya marries Amar and becomes queen of Akaran, she learns that her curse is intertwined in a fate that spans more than she could have ever imagined and she needs to understand just what her destiny is before its too late.
I'm still banging my head over this one. My entire problem with this book was the lead, Maya. Apparently, at the start of the book, Maya doesn't like the wives of her father because they're all out to better their position and will tear each other down, and they believe that Maya is cursed. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop her from listening to their warnings before big plot twists hit.
Why on earth would anyone listen to a woman that hates them and then take their words as a truth that they need to remember from then on forward? WHY??
And that's not the only time that Maya does that. Oh no, once a stupid, gullible idiot, ALWAYS a stupid, gullible idiot. Maya got to a happy point in the book but she's in a place that she's not familiar with and she's a little wary about who she's with and what's around her. Again, she remembers the warnings of the woman that hated her and she keeps things to herself because somehow, Maya knows better and only she can keep herself safe. Then a villain rears their ugly head, and starts filling Maya's head with all sorts of lies, obvious ones too, and Maya takes the villain's words as the TRUTH and mucks everything up, even though she KNEW that the villain was a villain.
How does that even make any SENSE???
I can't support a book where the story is propelled forward by the stupid actions of a lead character. For a someone who thought she was smart and so much better than others, Maya was an extreme disappointment. Add to that a whole lot of insta-love and a "blink and you'll miss it" plot, and there's nothing I can really say to make me like this book.
Rating: 1.5 Stars. I was expecting some sweeping, magical tale and all I got was definitely not that.
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