Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me an e-arc of this book, I did end up reading my finished copy that I bought myself.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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.
I had fairly high expectations for this book, the blurb drew me in and there was a lot of hype from the early reviews. And although I did like this book, unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectations. This is going to be a mini review as I don’t really have much to say about this book.
I didn’t really feel any attachment to the characters and felt like none of them really had any development individually. I did however really like the Sapphic romance in this, it wasn’t rushed and thinking on the book, it was the only part I was really invested in reading more about. There wasn’t much worldbuilding, this is supposed to be based on Persian mythology and as someone who doesn’t know anything about Persian mythology, I was really looking forward to getting some insight to it and after reading this book, I still don’t really know anything about Persian mythology. I wanted to know more about the divs and pariks but we didn’t really get much background on either of them.