Monday, January 12, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury ARC Review


The Sin Eater's



The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)
(The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)

Published: February 24, 2015

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
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?

A stunning, totally alluring, absolutely  wonderful, YA debut. Melinda Salisbury brings a whole new trend to the YA genre that is beautiful, addicting and totally fabulous!!! THE SIN EATER DAUGHTER is a must read for 2015!!!

THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER was stunning, absolutely STUNNING!!! I was quickly sucked in and wasn't even sure which route the plot was taking. But it took a totally different direction then I anticipated. And I was shocked, surprised, and left with my mouth hanging utterly open at every turn!! I was hypnotized by this book and I couldn't stop reading. I just needed to read one more chapter.

I instantly connected with the characters, especially the main character Twylla, and though she wasn't my normal type protagonist, their was still something compelling that I liked, and was eager to see her succeed. Twylla's character development throughout the book was tremendous, but necessary to the plot. At first she was naive, and clueless about court life and what was really going on around her. But she wasn't stupid at all, far from it actually. She just wanted to stay in her cozy little space of normality, for other wise she would go insane living at court and putting up with the lunatic Queen and her antics. But then when the Queen's true evilness is revealed, she builds herself up to be someone that is willing to stand up for the kingdoms in danger. And I admired that she was able to find the courage to do what was needed to be done no matter the consequences.

There was a slight love triangle going on, but at the same time there wasn't. I know that probably doesn't make any sense. But one love interest was chosen by Twylla, and the other was forced upon her. So yeah, she was in a "relationship" with two guys; one by choice, the other by force. But she really only loved one.

THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER was addicting!! Truly addicting and satisfying to the very end!! But, you are fair warned, there is not a lot of action or adventure in this novel. And to tell you the truth, I am SOOO surprised I even liked this book at all. Not because it's wasn't a good book, because it was. But because I usually HAVE to have some kinda of action or adventure in my novels or I lose interest pretty quick. But really, their wasn't any and I still LOVED it, it was just that good!!


Twylla is blessed by the gods, or cursed depending on how you look at it. She is the kingdom of Lormere's last hope. Gifted as the Goddess embodied she brings hope and faith back to the people of Lormere, for she is the daughter of the gods and has come to lay her deadly hands down upon their enemy, and curse them to their eternal doom.

One touch, that's all it takes from Twylla's skin, and the accused or anyone foolish enough to brush into her will suffer a death worse then anything imaginable. She is the Queen's ultimate weapon, and is used to the fullest. But she is also the Prince's bride, and soon to be Queen of all of Lormere when the Queen and King pass their title. But her Prince has never spared her a second glance since she was ushered in from her mother's home and told she was the blessed daughter of the gods, and that her calling as come. But things are different when the Prince returns from his two year journey from previous enemy territory and looks at Twylla like she is hope, like she is the last fresh fruit on the forbidden vine. And Twylla is unsure of how those feelings make her feel. Until she starts to feel things she's never experienced. Things that make her come alive, things she shouldn't feel, because they are not for her betrothed, the Prince...

Twylla is assigned a two guard team at all times to ensure her safety. But because she is deadly with just a brush of her skin, she hardly keeps guards willing to take on the dangerous task of protecting her. Except her one and only loyal guard Dorin. But when the second position of her guard duty is finally filled by a boy named Lief from the kingdom of Tregellian, and also previous enemy territory that their kingdom is still in an uneasy treaty with, Twylla doesn't know what to do or think about her brave new guard.

But when her faithful guard Dorin gets terminally ill, and Twylla is left yet again with just one guard, she's confined to her rooms, for the Queen only allows her to walk the court with a two guard escort. And now she will be alone, with him, her new guard and sole companion...

Sparks fly between Twylla and her new guard Lief, for he is unlike anyone she has ever met, and he sends chills down her body that she never thought were possible. But she is betrothed to the Prince, and she is committing an act of treason, and the penalty for treason is death, no matter who you are. But no matter the circumstances she can't help but to fall deeply bespelled by her new guard Lief, and his sure manner, deadly swordsmanship, beautiful face, compelling personality, and lovely heart that he has given to her with no attachments...?

But the evil Queen has a few tricks up her sleeve, and she is playing them in disguise. She is out for blood and war, and even worse, she may have gotten her hands on the one thing that could inflict insufferable pain and death to all who oppose her, and bring someone—or something to the kingdoms door. Twylla realizes she may be the only one able to stop the Queen and her insanity before not only the Royal family suffers her wrath, but the two kingdoms succumbs to her delusional, ludicrous schemes. But before Twylla knows what's happened, the Queen has struck hard, and her world is ripped out from under her and turned upside down. And even the Prince might not be able to get her out of the mess she's gotten into, and if so, then the kingdoms will scum to darkness, war, and death...

BRILLIANT, Melinda Salisbury has a unique and thrilling way to get readers attention and keep it. She mastered a one of a kinda story, and portrayed it with such force and depth, that it had me hooked from the very first page! I am absolutely looking forward to book two and seeing how it all continues!!

Overall, THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER was satisfying from beginning to end! From it's even pace, to it's mystery and deception, with defiance and determination, intertwined with fantasy, murder, and romance, THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER packs a powerful punch that will leave you begging for more!!

NOTE: I received a Physical ARC from Scholastic Press for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!
4.5 Bone Hearts 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 at @AHintofMystery, though be warned, she tweets often.




  1. This book, this one right here, is the one that I am going crazy over right now. Don't get me wrong, there are many 2015 books I can't wait to get my hands on. But there is something about this one, aside from the breathtakingly amazing cover, that has called to me since I first heard about it. I am so happy to know that, regardless of there being no action or adventure, you still enjoyed it. I tend to be the same way, and get bored pretty easily is something isn't happening. So, thank you for not scaring me about my most anticipated as of today!

  2. All I can say is that I am sooooooo jealous of you! I was excited to get approved for an egalley of the book a couple days ago though, so I will try to hold my jealous in check of getting to read this. So glad that you loved it!

  3. I am really wondering whether to immigrate to US or not! So great books and you get to read them!

  4. Great review! I want to read this book! :)

  5. Thanks for your awesome review.. this sounds like an amazing book! I've added it to my TBR and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Also, I really love the cover!!

  6. Great review!! I absolutely cannot wait to read this book. Cover lusting all the way! Glad to know inbetween the cover is just as pretty!
    <3 britt

  7. Okay I so need to read this now. Thanks for a great review.

  8. This was in my top 10 list for 2015 must reads! Ahhh :D I can't wait to read it, and that cover... So pretty. This is a great review, I can't wait to read it even more now!

  9. Ooh, sounds fascinating. Thanks for the review!

  10. This book really sounds amazing! I don't mind it when the story isn't full of action, as long as it can keep me interested and this one sounds like this kind of book. Also that cover is just beautiful.

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. I thought it was good, but I didn't love it. I wanted more action and growth for Ywylla, but mostly I didn't like the guy she picked. I never saw the twists coming either! Such a different book than I expected!

  12. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. I thought it was good, but I didn't love it. I wanted more action and growth for Ywylla, but mostly I didn't like the guy she picked. I never saw the twists coming either! Such a different book than I expected!

  13. awesome review! I cannot wait to read this!

  14. Good review. I really want to read this one. ;)


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