Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Release Date: 24th February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I’ve decided that Fridays are going to be my negative review day. Why? Because why not. I kind of need motivation to review the books that I don’t want to gush about, whether it’s because they’re dull as hell, or actually just painful. And The Sin Eater’s Daughter gets the honour of going first because it was truly, truly tragic.
The Sin Eater’s Daughter is certainly readable, don’t get me wrong. But that doesn’t mean that the non-existent plot and the awful romance were okay with me. Because they weren’t. It was terrible.
So, the plot. I’m not entirely sure what the plot was meant to be. I think this is another case of an author having an idea for a story that’ll fit nicely into one book, and then somewhere along the way deciding it’ll be great as a series. Except there wasn’t enough substance or action or anything, which made me feel like I had just wasted a good couple of hours of my life.
The main character, Twylla, wasn’t at all intriguing. She’s not one of those protagonists that stands out or one who is going to stand the test of time like Hermione or Katniss or Viola. She had little personality, and most of her thoughts revolved around the guy. Yay.
The romance was terrible. I felt like stabbing myself in the eye half the time because the author tried to force chemistry but there was just nothing there. And half the time it came across as controlling, which I did not like at all.
So no, I didn’t like the book. Am I going to read the sequel? Yes. Probably. Like I said, the book was readable, and I was given the second book to review so I might as well read it when I’m in the mood to read something awful. Because those things happen to me sometimes.