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Review: ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ by Melinda Salisbury

Review: ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 24th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
three-stars
I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...

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review

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I was pretty wary of this one since it was getting tons of mixed reviews. People were either loving it or disliking it, so I’m happy to say I’m somewhere in the middle.. I liked certain parts and disliked others.

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As soon as I started I knew most would get turned off by the massive info dumping from the first few chapters. I don’t mind these, they’re telling you exactly what is up with the world and it sets up the story. Obviously, I would rather have a story unravel in bits and pieces where the main character opens up each detail on their own. Then I also noticed how incredibly slow the book started. I mean it was cringe-worthy slow that I wanted to DNF it at its halfway point. Only I decided to just keep going because what the hey, going into a book and not finishing it? I think it’s a crime. Finally the story starts to pick up around page 160+. And in doing so, the story finally appeared and it got loads better. Enough to move my star rating from a lowly disliked two out of five, to a happy three which is me liking the book, but also had its weird moments. Another thing I have to mention are the flashbacks. They come and go at regular intervals and it felt very disorganized. For example, Twylla would be doing something and she’d just sprout off into the past and not realize she did it. I don’t think it added much to the overall story, just more detailed pasts were added and I didn’t really get a sense of who Twylla really was. The romance in this book pretty much made me nauseous because I found it to be instant love.

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Now on to the parts I enjoyed..The mythology about the Gods is superb. I thought it was such a neat way to showcase how Lomere (the kingdom) came to be. I also thought that having a Sin Eater, which is literal in its meaning is very creative and thought it was rather clever. You’ll have to read the book to find out what it exactly entails because I don’t want any spoilers. Now on to the characters, I pretty much only liked one character. The villain. She’s all kinds of crazy. I mean legit maniac and sadist. I don’t know about you, but murdering someone because he smiles too much is well asinine. She made everything so much more intense and by the end, I knew that character was going to have to be punished. It got loads better in the end and I happily felt like the story was finished.

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Slow beginning and nothing even happens until you’re halfway through but it ended up being pretty twisty and turny.. The Sin Eater’s Daughter should be re-titled to The Mad Queen or The Tyrant. Never have I ever met someone so determined to get what she wants.. Crazy villain for sure! I think it’s worth just reading halfway just for her character alone. Also that cover? One of my absolute favourites of the year. Definitely made me want to pick up the book.


quotes

It is their will that I take life. If this is what they will, I can’t challenge it. (17)
People don’t forget what it is to be loved. (76)
Is it treason to fall in love with me? (188)
I’ve learned that being alone and being lonely are not the same thing. (311)

reading progress

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rating

3/5

three-stars

7 Comments

  1. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    March 25, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Eeep! This one made me sad. It’s so pretty and had so much potential but totally fell flat for me. I didn’t like it at all, unfortunately. I’m so glad you kind of enjoyed it! If you read the sequel, I hope you enjoy it!
    Awesome review, Giselle!
    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Breanne H

    March 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    I really want to read this book but so many people dislike it. Awesome review, Giselle!!!

  3. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey

    March 25, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I’m not really sure if I even want to read this book. Slow beginnings are the bane of my existence. Three cheers for a truly evil villain, at least! I know a lot of people like a villain with a motive, but too often I find that they have weak back stories that can’t really explain the behavior, and half the time they’re not even all that evil.

  4. Salisa Waheed

    March 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Loved Your review A LOT by the way.

  5. Sharmaine

    March 25, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I FEEL YOU! You have outlay the things I can’t seem to put into words on my review xD I was so ready to DNF this book too! But I asked other people’s opinion whether to continue or not. I guess they were persuasive enough that I actually finished this book. The latter halfway was brilliant! The twists were just ASDDGFHFJK.

  6. Cait

    March 25, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Ha! I completely agree with your renaming of it! I actually found it frustrating that it was titled “sin eater” but actually…had no sin eating. what’s with that?!! SO FRUSTRATING. Ahem. I didn’t like this book, but the ending really really impressed me. I just find it so weird when the beginning is blah and the ending is incredible. -_- It’s hard to rate!!

  7. Cait

    March 25, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Ha! I completely agree with your renaming of it! I actually found it frustrating that it was titled “sin eater” but actually…had no sin eating. what’s with that?!! SO FRUSTRATING. Ahem. I didn’t like this book, but the ending really really impressed me. I just find it so weird when the beginning is blah and the ending is incredible. -_- It’s hard to rate!!

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