January 2015 Book Reviews

 

THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

Melinda Salisbury

5 stars

The title and the cover drew me in at first. I was interested to find out what a Sin Eater was. Already fairly certain it was something I wanted to read, I went on to see the description—kill with a single touch, executioner, doomed love. Gimme!

Twylla brings both hope and fear to the kingdom of Lormere. Used by the queen as a symbol and an executioner, Twylla is believed to be the daughter of Gods—a Goddess, Daunen Embodied. Poison runs in her veins. Her touch kills. She is invaluable to the kingdom. And she is set to marry the prince.But the queen is cunning, the prince is distant, no one but the new guard has gained Twylla’s trust, and secrets, lies and betrayal bubble beneath the surface.

With masterful world-building and a fascinating cast comes an astonishing fantasy debut and the start of an exciting new series. Given the way things were left, the next book promises to be just as brilliant. Deliciously dark with shocker twists, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER joins my ‘recommend to everyone!’ list. Superb!

7 DAYS

Eve Ainsworth

1 bully. 1 target. 2 victims. 7 days. Victim 1: Jess is an easy target for Kez and her group. Victim 2: Kez is easily angered and suffering inside.

What I liked to see what an in-depth look into both Jess and Kez’s lives. To see their families, their friendships, what worked for them, what didn’t. And I was really impressed with such a bold and strikingly honest approach to the subject. It was very cleverly done. I thought I knew what was going to happen, and it’s only when I got to the last day that I realised I was wrong all along! And I love it when that happens – when a book takes a turn that surprises me so much. I also loved the short timeframe, making everything sharp and snappy, immediate and tense.

A moving story that plays on strength and weakness, home and school life, friends and family, 7 DAYS is a powerful debut novel. Very, very good.

ALSO READ THIS MONTH:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 5 stars

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White