Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Behind  336 Pages
Released: 1 March 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
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At the Other End:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. 

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each week she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince — whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla's fatal touch — avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives — a boy whose easy 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 Twylla's been promised to the prince and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. 

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian The Sin Eater's Daughter is her first novel. She can be found on Twitter, though be warned, she tweets often.

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A fantasy like no other, The Sin Eater’s Daughter is full of betrayals, murder, deception and love.

I really loved this book. It was absolutely fantastic, and I just wanted to keep on reading, I really couldn’t stop. I honestly thought that this book would be like a fantasy kind of Shatter Me, but it really wasn’t, except for the whole touch thing, but even then it was different. In Shatter Me, Juliette’s touch is poisonous, but for Twylla, she ingests poison then touches the traitors to the Crown so they die. 

Why oh why am I stuck in this rut where I start finding the main character annoying towards the end?? Just WHYYYYY!! This happened in the last book that I read as well. I really hate this. Towards the end (after chapter 18), Twylla just became really.... really... It’s hard to explain. She was really stupid and naive. Not about the shocking truth at the end, but because of the things that she did and what she thought. There wasn’t a love triangle for most of the book, but the ending just kind of developed and it sort of became one, without really becoming one at the same time. Sure, she figures everything out in the end, and we realize that things that happened earlier in the book that we didn’t really think much of, became the centre focal point for the rest of the series. Oh, and I really could see them getting caught by the Queen or by Marek. Seriously, how stupid can you get and every time you see the guy, you completely forget about being secretive and just want to have sex with each other. Sorry, not sure if that was really a spoiler or not...

I really enjoyed the story. Even though, now that I think about it, didn’t really consist of them doing very much, had me inhaling pages. And let me just say, that I did really like Twylla up until she got annoying. Sure, at the very end she actually developed some backbone, but up until then she was really just plodding by, trying not to be as noticeable as one can be with poisonous skin.

I absolutely cannot believe the ending. WOW! That was one shocker of a twist... twists. Yes, there was more than one twist, and one by one, I was left hanging. My jaw was dropped and I was shaking my head wondering what the hell was going on.  Beware of the ending folks. I saw the minor part coming, but nothing else, and it was bloody fantastic. It ended on a massive cliffhanger, and you wonder about a lot of things in the epilogue, and the questions just keep rolling one after the other. It’s like it finished at the end of one sentence!! I NEED the next book. This is not a want, I NEED it. It’s a necessity. Life depends on this!

This novel was received for review via Scholastic Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. I agree, from the synopsis it sounds a lot like Shatter Me, but no matter, I'm sad as well. I hate it when the hero/heroine suddenly becomes annoying for some reason in the ending, its just ugh. But if you still love it, even if this happened, I am willing to give this a try. Actually, you got me at plot twist already :D

    1. I did get the feelings while reading it at the start that it was like Shatter Me, but it really was quite different from it. Unfortunately, it was very annoying that it happened, but I'm hoping that she fixes up her game in the next book :) I hope you enjoy it, it's a great book minus the main character becoming annoying.

  2. Nooo what a shame Twylla turned into an annoying character towards the end! At least the ending was twisty for you Gina! Lovely review!

    1. She did, but I do hope that she gets better in the next book. The twist was fantastic, and just what this book needed.

  3. Oh, yay! I'm so glad you liked this one, Gina :D I seriously haven't heard ANYTHING about this book, so I'm excited to read it! It is actually my next book in line.

    It's a shame about the annoying MC, but at least she kind of rectified it at the end!

    And I swear all these cliffhangers are doing bad things to my heart D:

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Make sure you tell me what you thought of it :)
      I do hope that she gets better with the rest of the series, haha, well they do their job a little too well....

  4. I've been seeing really mixed review for this one and it'd made me a little unsure but now I totally want to read it again! Plus, that cover is just so damn gorgeous. Lovely review Gina!

    1. You must! It was a great book, but just be warned about the main character going a bit if-y. However, the twist will definitely make up for the bad bits you may find in this book. Yes, the cover is amazing! It's even more gorgeous in real life

  5. I am so glad you ejoyed this! Every other person I talk to either loves or hate it. Personally, I have covergasm love for this book and I cannot wait to start it. I am sorry to hear though the main character became annoying towards the end. I hope your next book is better!!

    1. I've found that it's one of those kind of books, either you love it to bits or you hate its guts. The cover is even more gorgeous in real life, I would have probably brought this book just for it's cover. I do hope that she sorts herself out by the next book.


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