WELL. That was remarkably disappointing.
It wasn’t an awful book, but it was on my list of Cait’s-most-highly-anticipated-2015-books-which-she-will-literally-die-for. I expected great things! I had a lot of problems with it and there’s next to NO eating. (Seriously, what is this?!)
I was upset because:
- It had no plot. Like, seriously?! How can this gorgeous looking cover and epic premise disguise a book that is purely NOT ABOUT ANYTHING?!
- I didn’t like the characters. The protagonist (Twylla) didn’t actively think, make decisions, or, well…do anything.
- There was basically no eating of sin. I WAS HERE FOR THE FOOOOOOD. But Twylla did no sin eating and it was really just a background thing that her mother did. WHAT.
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But, seriously! It wasn’t awful! (Just disappointing.) I napped for the first 200-pages waiting for a plot to begin but that’s kind of my fault. It’s not an action book. It’s a straight-out romance in a fantasy country. Which is fine, just not…what I was expecting from the deathy premise.
The story is about Twylla who’s engaged to a prince she doesn’t know, prays avidly to gods, and completes rituals to prove she is a goddess embodied and can kill people with a touch. She’s an executor! She sews. She does what she’s told by the evil psychotic queen. And…that’s it. Yup, wrap it up, peoples, that’s all that happens. At least it was well written and there were some deliciously juicy descriptions.
Also, if you’re confused about what a “sin eater” is…(because I was) LET ME TALK TO YOU. it’s basically just a ritual. When someone dies, you make a feast with food that represents their sins. Like a certain cut of lamb would mean they stole things, or what not. [That’s not an actual one though.] SO. Twylla’s mother does this for a living. There’s all these prayers and food and feasts and it’s all SAD and DEPRESSING. And all I can think of is “Well, they’re not going to starve, are they?!” So maybe I’m just being too positive? But Twylla’s family ain’t gonna wither away folks.
Since it’s a romance, let’s get ROOOOMANTIC, shall we?? It’s a love-triangle but it’s not. It’s very messed up (which is refreshing, I guess?). Twylla is engaged to the prince she doesn’t know but ENTER THE HOT YOUNG NEW GUARD and — BOOM — Twylla is the centre of a love triangle despite not being able to touch either guy or they’ll die. (No one said love was easy.) But since Twylla doesn’t actually love the prince at any point…it’s hard to say it is a triangle.
I, unfortunately, couldn’t stand the guard, Lief. Not only is his name foliage, he is a withering sap head. He gets in moods and gets jealous and acts rather bizarre. The prince, Merek, on the other hand, I could root for because a) he was clearly not completely sane [love that], and b) despite his twinge of insanity, he was very caring and focused doing what he thought was right. Fascinating. Bravo, chap.
This would’ve been a 2-star read for me (because of complete and utter boredom) BUT THEN THE ENDING. Whatever you do, DEFINITELY FINISH THIS BOOK. The ending is what makes it. (Although, that makes me mad because you can’t have a lousy book with an incredible ending. It’s not faaair.) Basically the ending crushes cliches and surprised me with a WHOPPER plot twist that left me wholly impressed.
And I will vent because I must, but don’t open these spoilers!! THE ENDING WILL BE RUINED FOR YOU!!
I have entirely mixed feelings. I’m frustrated at it, but it was worth it for the ending. If the blurb at all piques your curiosity: READ IT. Just…be prepared for a romance, zlich plot, and a whopper ending.
Meanwhile, I shall be over here sulking because of the enormous lack of food and eating of sins.
Thanks Scholastic for the review-copy! The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury on March 1st, 2015.
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…
have you read The Sin Eater’s Daughter yet?! what did you think?? (the cover is gorgeous, right?) OH AND WAIT. LET’S DISCUSS! how do you feel when a book’s title doesn’t actively match the book’s plot/premise? does it bother you or do you not care either way?
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently googling all things Russian (shhh) for a book that may or may not contain hints of Baba Yaga folklore. She also, interestingly, found out that Russian people don’t smile at strangers or engage in small talk. Basically, goodbye Cait, SHE’S PACKED HER BAGS AND IS MOVING TO RUSSIA. Currently she just finished reading Every Breath which was absolutely fantastic.