Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Published by: Scholastic Press
Summary: Twylla is the perfect weapon, she can kill with a single touch. As the human embodiment of the goddess Daunen, poison runs through her veins. She resides in the castle and works as an executioner. Twylla is kept busy in her duties because of an evil queen. Twylla doesn't like what she does, but her fate is sealed. Or at least she thought it was, until a new guard comes into the picture and long held secrets of the castle come to life. Twylla's world is filled with magic, myth, legend, and madness.
My Thoughts: What do I feel about this book, that is the question. This book caught my eye because of a very pretty cover and an intriguing synopsis. I was really into it in the beginning because of an interesting world and a crazy queen. Unfortunately, my initial interest and enjoyment dwindled as the story went on. Nothing really happened in this book and the main character managed to annoy me with her decision making skills.
Let's start with the good. The world in this story is really interesting. I enjoyed the myths and legends that were revealed at the beginning. Some people might be put off by this info dump and bored by it, but I wasn't. I enjoyed the history of their gods, their traditions, and the way the kingdom was ruled. I also thought the killing with a single touch concept was really cool and the Tellings Twylla went through to gain that power were really interesting. I also really enjoyed the queen as a villain. She was vicious and crazy, and it was fun waiting to see what she would do next.
Now to the disappointments. The most major one is how this story never really went anywhere, nothing that exciting really happened in it. The story started off interesting and then just dragged on and on until the end. There was no real action and no real shocking surprises or revelations. I was waiting for the story to pick up and for things to happen, and nothing really did. I feel like a lot of people would think this story was a bore.
Our main character Twylla, is kind of a bore too. She's definitely not an action-heroine. She spends the majority of her time feeling sorry for herself. As I got nearer and nearer the end, her decisions became more and more frustrating. I feel like her decision making led to her getting caught, so I didn't feel sorry for her when she did. All she had to do was lock a door and she could have been okay. I wish she would have been smarter and just used her head. And it wasn't like she was truly suffering in the castle. She could of had an okay life for herself there if she had just made different choices.
Now to the love story... ughh. I didn't buy into it. It just seemed to happen too fast and I never loved the guy she was with. He always seemed slightly suspicious to me and I didn't trust him. As for the other guy she had a chance with, he wasn't that bad. She could have had a good life with him if she had just let herself. The first guy also had crazy jealousy issues which I didn't understand. He was just asking to get caught.
Now don't get me wrong, I thought the queen was a great villain and seeing what she was going to do next kept me interested, but then she was absent from the whole middle of the book. I guess she was too busy plotting and scheming, but I would have liked to see more of her delusional madness and vileness. Maybe the book wouldn't have been as boring then.
So in conclusion, I started off really into and interested in this book, but just found the story dragged and didn't really go anywhere. The ending was a disappointment because I felt like nothing really got resolved. The reveal of villains' motivations and why they did things just felt off as well. No pulse pounding drama here. Twylla was just a boring, mopey character and not a lot of fun to be around. Will I read the sequel if there is one? I'm not really sure. I might, but at the same time, I don't want to be underwhelmed by another boring story.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
A cool concept that ended up being a disappointing story