Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

21936988Author: Melinda Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Genre/s: Fantasy, YA

I recently finished my English and Creative Writing degree and I have to say that for a while, my love of reading disappeared. The thought of picking up another book just felt like so much work. Well, I’m happy to report that this book helped me rediscover the joys of reading.

I’d just finished my exams and I decided to treat myself to some new YA books. I sat on the floor in Waterstones and read the first chapter of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I was blown away by the intricate world building and the attention to detail. I felt like taking notes! I’d been struggling with aspects of world building in my own manuscript and the world that Melinda Salisbury has created became an instant source of inspiration. With its use of lore, fairy tales and songs, it reminded me a lot of the Dragon Age games (which I’m obsessed with).

I was also sucked into the romance; it was just beautiful. It was really nice to see some actual sex in YA, too, because young people do have sex! When I was a teenager I seem to remember sex being skimmed over in YA, and I was always surprised by that. Maybe I just need to crawl out of my post-degree hole and catch up on recent YA, though. Regardless, it was nice to see the opposite happening here.

As for the plot, as always I won’t give anything away but whoa, I did NOT see any of those twists coming. I think I had to pick my jaw up off the floor a couple of times. My perspectives were challenged and it was a true emotional roller-coaster. I went from loving certain characters to shaking my fist at them, and vice-versa.

I’m going to end it there; I’m not sure I can continue being coherent. I’m still a ball of tangled emotion. I’m moving on to The Sleeping Prince immediately, and I can’t wait to meet Melinda Salisbury when she comes to my city in June!


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