The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
Maya – I immediately fell in love with Maya. She is such a strong character and what a role model should be for all of the ages. She knows adversity and doesn’t let it change her goals or stop her from dreaming. Wonderful.
I think my best comparison for STQ might have to be ACOTAR. They both showcase a retelling with a twist and are so vivid and lush in the world building that you can’t help but get sucked in. There was more than one instance where I had to go back and reread a paragraph or two because I had become so involved in the descriptions given that I missed the conversation. Such a beautiful book both inside and out that I cannot find a fault with it. For any fan of fantasy and beautiful things you can’t go wrong here.