Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Initial Reaction Upon Finishing:
This book took my by surprise. I have been hearing so many good things, meaning that when the opportunity to request it came up I jumped on it. No regrets friends! No regrets! This book comes out on April 26th, and I definitely think it is something you should be adding to your TBR. Why, you may ask….
- Beautiful writing: Oh my gosh, the writing in this book is just gorgeous. I felt that it really created such an amazing and vivd picture of this world. The world you are submerged in is crazy. Yes, I got lost a few times, but I could still picture it (just the exact location sometimes got lost on me…oops?). I could see all the colors. I felt like I was standing there. The characters, the plot…it was all written just so perfectly. That alone made me love this book. I don’t think I can do it justice. It was just so beautiful. I think I would love reading her grocery list. So amazing.
- Strong females: Wow, was Maya ever amazing. She started off so headstrong, kind of stubborn, and a bit standoff-ish (but obviously for good reasons). I loved watching her grow, watching her adapt to everything that was happenig to her, and watching her mature. She made some mistakes, but she also made decisions that I know for a fact I would make in her situation because OH MY GOSH SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE THE GOOD DECISION AT THE TIME! She seemed relateable even in this fantasy world. And then there was Guari. She kind of stole the show for me. She was so adorable in the beginning and by the end…I would probably be terrified of her. These two females really grew into their characters and became forces in their worlds. I loved seeing that.
- Swoons: Warning…this book comes with the swooniest of swoons. Like was Amar even trying!? I feel like he said something super simple and I just…oh man. The way he spoke, the care he took, the mystery that is Amar. It was so perfect. I went back and forth so many times wondering if I should trust this guy, and then he would do something swoony again and I was all confused all over again. I like that he kept me guessing. I like that the swoons kept me guessing.
Bonus: INDIAN FOLKLORE! STANDALONE (with a companion book coming out eventually about minor characters!)!
My one, teeeeeeeny tiny issue…I got lost. A lot. I mostly chalk this up to knowing absolutely nothing about Indian folklore. I sometimes am easily lost too. Luckily I was able to enjoy the story still and find where I was within a page or so. It never took away from my enjoyment of the book (though sometimes I did stare at the page for a bit or paused to think about what happened last). I am so happy that it wasn’t an issue when it came to my enjoyment of the book, but I know some people would want to know.
BELIEVE THE HYPE FOR THIS BOOK PEOPLE! IT IS REAL! I am so glad I gave this book a chance.
Has this book been added to your TBR?