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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Letter to THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury

by Becca

The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
by Melinda Salisbury
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 24, 2015)
Language: English
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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 month, 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? 

Dearest The Sin Eater's Daughter,

Wowza. You were a mind-blower. I still think my mind is blown a few days after I finished you. I keep asking myself, "What in the world?!" after that ending of yours! I'm flabbergasted and speechless....but in a totes great way! I can honestly say you are one of the most unique reads that I've gotten my hands on this year!!

You follow the story of Twylla, who is engaged to a prince and lives in the castle, but she's not technically part of the court. She's their executioner. She doesn't execute prisoners in the typical way either. She delivers the death blow by simply touching someone, because she is the Goddess embodied. No one will touch Twylla willingly, even the Prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her fatal touch. But everything changes when a new guard arrives, and sees Twylla simply as a girl, not a murderer. Twylla refuses to fall for the guard, because she's seen what evil becomes upon any person who deceives the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of her problems with a queen who plans to destroy her enemies with a stomach-turning sacrifice. What will Twylla do....protect her kingdom or abandon it in the hopes of a doomed love?

Twylla, Twylla, Twylla. I loved her. I sympathized with her so much. I couldn't even imagine the weight that is one her shoulders, with the amount of people she has had to kill by her own two hands. Not only that, but never being able to touch another living human being without killing them accidentally as well. It would be like living in hell, despite the fact that she lives like a royal. Her new guard, Lief, makes it all so much easier for her though as time progresses. As soon as Lief appeared in your pages, I grew a soft spot for him. He's so adorable, and sweet, and I swooned hardcore to say the least. Even with the prince. I didn't ship him and Twylla that much, but I still liked his character, because despite his mother being cray cray, he wanted better for his kingdom. As for the atrocities his mother, the queen, commited? Well, they were awful. It was almost hard for me to read the things she did to people, because they were so malicious.

The world-building inside your pages, The Sin Eater's Daughter, was phenomenal and unlike anything I've seen before for such a small book. Usually, a book in your genre is double your size, but you still managed to blow me away with all the tiny details and extraordinary plot. 

I can't seem to talk much about either of those, without totally giving something away. However, I can say that you are a book that I would push into anyone's hands, and ask them to read it, because I know they would love it as much as I did. I'm curious after that ending if there is going to be another book or not, but I couldn't find much about it on Goodreads. I'm definitely crossing my fingers for one, because I need oh so much more of you. Four stars to you, The Sin Eater's Daughter!

Love always,


  1. The Closet LibraryMarch 11, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    I have been super excited to read this one! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it and would recommend it :)

  2. I Loved this book! I'm glad you enjoyed it and I love the interesting format of your review :)

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

  3. Love this book! Love this review!

    The author said there is another book but it'll be in a different character's POV. WHO'S??????

  4. I really enjoyed this one too! I definitely agree that for a book so short (compared to other fantasy books) so much happens! Can't wait for the sequel =)

  5. AGREE 100% Sajda!!! I cannot wait to see what it's going to be about!!!

  6. I DON'T KNOW!? I've been scouring the internet to try to find out but the only thing I found was that she couldn't tell because of spoilery reasons and because she was still writing it?! And thanks Natalie!!! <3

  7. Aw thank you Emily! :) I'm glad you loved it too!

  8. EEP! I cannot wait to hear what you think! I don't think I've seen anyone not like it so far, so the odds are very in your favor! ;)

  9. I'm about 80% into this book and I just can't get into it. It started off fairly strong and interesting for me, but now I'm just kind of bored :( This makes me really sad since I love the cover and the idea behind it. But it's dragging for me and I've been reading it for three weeks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It probably won't get more than 2-3 stars from me :(

  10. This book was so crazy!! I had thought it was a standalone and after that ending it would be horrible of it was. You are totally that for a book so short it has so much happening! Love this letter to a book style review!

  11. YESSSS!! I agree! I loved the world building and how amazingly crafted the whole society and rules and religion was!
    Cannot wait for the sequel after that ending! YAY trilogies!

  12. This makes me sad! At some points, I wondered if it was dragging or if it was just me, so I understand. I wish it would have been better for you, Brooke!

  13. I thought it was too! That ending was crazy!!! Awwww you're the sweetest, Dana!!! Thank you! :)

  14. AGREED!!!!!!!!!

  15. I guess not every book can be for everyone, right? My review went up today. It's not positive. The only positive I had was about the cover, the blurb and I thought the writing was pretty good.


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