Hi everyone! First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. As someone who rarely judges books by their covers but who loooooves choosing their next book by reading the first lines, of course I want to join!
So… Let’s go! Read the first lines below and try to guess what book it is!
“Stories always being the same way: There was and there was not. There is possibility in those words, the chance for hope and despair. When the daughter sits at her mother’s feet and asks her for the story —always the same story—her favorite part is hearing those words, because it means anything is possible. There was and there was not. She is and she is not.“
A captivating and utterly original fairy tale 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.
Why this book?
I’ve been listening to this audiobook for a while now — not because it’s not good, on the contrary : Nikki Massoud’s narration is fantastic — but because I love nothing more than savoring it. Is that weird? Maybe. Anyway — from the enthralling premise to the compelling writing, Girl, Serpent, Thorn is not to be missed, especially if you like sapphic romances and mythology (persian, in this case).