BOOK REVIEW: The Sin Eater’s Daughter – by Melinda Salisbury

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Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter
(The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
First published: February 24th 2015
Finished reading: January 2nd 2016
Pages: 336
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“When I peered into the looking glass after he’d left, I saw the look in my eye. It was the look of wanting: lust, bright strawberry-flavoured lust. And I can’t allow myself to want, because I am betrothed to the prince and if I touch anyone else I will kill them.”

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I am not going to deny it: I mostly got a copy of this book because of the gorgeous cover. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews since, and now I’ve read it I can definitely understand why. I really enjoyed reading the first part of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. The worldbuilding and fear around Twylla’s character are very well executed and I was eager to find out more about her fate. Then, about halfway into the story, Melinda Salisbury did the unthinkable and destroyed this potential gem with one of the most cringeworthy love triangles I’ve read about to this date. Not only was this love triangle very much a cliche (a girl engaged to a prince falling in love with her guard!!!), but the romantic scenes were almost painful to read. Take the quote above; I guess the ‘lust’ is somewhat original, but after too many pages of bad love triangle dialogue I was almost ready to DNF this book. Of course it didn’t really help I couldn’t feel a connection to the characters… And while I liked the prose in the first part, things went downhill as soon as the love triangle was introduced. So I guess I would only recommend The Sin Eater’s Daughter to those who don’t mind a cliche love triangle and cheesy love scenes…

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Twylla used to be just the daughter of the Sin Eater, but as soon as the queen visits her house her destiny has changed. The Gods have chosen her to be the Daunen Embodied, blessing her and giving her a future where she will marry the prince and rule the kingdom one day. But all things come at a cost, and Twylla has to prove herself worthy every moon by drinking a deadly poison that only spares those blessed by the Gods. Twylla wears the deadly poison on her skin and anyone who treatens the kingdom will die under her fatal touch. Only the royal family can touch her, and Twylla feels quite lonely growing up in the big castle. She was forced to kill her only friend and the prince has been away for ages… What will happen when he returns and will they finally find a guard for Twylla that isn’t scared away by her deadly touch?

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The summary of The Sin Eater’s Daughter sounds really promising and the first part of the book is actually really good. Unfortunately, the introduction of a love triangle just about destroys this story. The cringeworthy romantic scenes and dialogues made it really hard for me to actually finish this read and I don’t think I will continue this series any time soon (even though the cover of the sequel is just as gorgeous). I still feel disappointed, because I was really looking forward to this read!

WWW Wednesdays #72 – January 6th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Bout Of Books 15 is really helping me fly through my books! I have started All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry yesterday evening and I’m really looking forward to continue it today… And Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty I will finish for sure today; a very entertaining middle grade read that is definitely living up to expectations!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished this year is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I actually really enjoyed the first part of the book, but then another freaking love triangle was introduced… And things went downhill from there.
* I then finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, a book I absolutely LOVED. I think this is my new Gaiman favorite, although The Ocean At The End Of The Lane comes close…
* I was in the mood for a crime read so I picked up Dead Wood by Dani Amore afterwards. It turned out to be a quick and entertaining read.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as Bout Of Books 15 is over, I’m going to start Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. I’m so excited about this read that it’s getting really hard to wait any longer! I also want to read both Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; with a little luck I will be able to finish both before the end of the read-a-thon. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is my newest TBR jar pick, which is kind of funny because I already had that title on my January TBR anyway. 😉

WWW Wednesdays #71 – December 30th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have finally started reading my last TBR jar pick: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’m still not too far into the story, but so far I’m really enjoying it… Hopefully I will magically find time to finish this read before the year is over!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Three books finished this week, and only because I managed to finish the last two yesterday…
* The first book is Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I ended up quite enjoying the first story, but things went downhill from there…
* I then finished My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins and a bunch of other authors yesterday. I loved some stories while I didn’t really like others… But overall it was an entertaining bundle of short stories.
* Last up is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I really like her prose and the story, although I could have done without the love triangle. It’s quite a sad read for the Holiday season though!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Now I have a copy of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, I want to start reading it ASAP! Although I might wait until after Bout Of Books 15.0 because it’s quite a long read… I also want to read The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings so I can cross of another series from my to-finish list. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury looks like a quick read, so I might pick that one up for the read-a-thon… And Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty is my new TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #70 – December 23rd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. But first: Happy Holidays!!! I hope everyone will have a wonderful time.

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  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson the other day and so far it’s just as good as I’ll Give You The Sun. The story is a bit sad though; not exactly the right mood just before Christmas. That’s probably why I’m going to try and finish Let It Snow by John Green today or tomorrow as well.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Four books finished since last week, although two of them were short and quick reads…
* The first book I finished is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s not a terrible read, but somehow this project would have been more interesting if it was about someone with a less privileged life and more interesting goals… I don’t mind the author wanting to be happier, but she did come over as a tad arrogant.
* I then picked up my last pending ARC of 2015: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. A short read, which was probably the only reason why I actually finished it because it wasn’t good at all. More details in the upcoming review…
* I also finished Memories by Lang Leav; a collection of poems and thoughts that wasn’t necessarily bad, but I just couldn’t relate to the sad broken relationship poems…
* The last book I finally finished is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a book I have been wanting to read for too long now. I really enjoyed it and it’s definitely a lot better than the Wolves Of Mercy Falls series, but I did have some minor issues with it.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to try and read My True Love Gave To Me before the Holidays are over, and I have been wanting to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu as well. I might pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury as well and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is still my latest TBR jar pick.