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I had a really hard time with this book. The glowing reviews persuaded me to carry on in the hope that it would eventually fall into place for me but it just fell so flat. I found the world to be confusing, the main character annoying and the romance lacking. The best thing about The Star-Touched Queen is a talking horse and sadly she isn't even in the story enough to really make a difference.
The writing is beautiful at times but I honestly had a difficult time following it. It feels like there is a tendency for over-description and a lot of the time I just wanted to have things told to me straight without the flowery prose. It was tedious and I had to fight the urge to skip segments.
The main character, Maya, really doesn't stand out for me in any way. She is shunned by everyone for having a dark horoscope and so her life is quite lonely. Her father then forces her into an arranged marriage and he expects her to take poison once the marriage is complete in the name of saving her kingdom. This is how the book starts and I thought, great, she'll have to come up with a feisty plan here to save herself. Instead, a random guy turns up, rescues her and she spends the rest of the book barely thinking for herself, being stupid and obsessing over her rescuer who, you guessed it, is the love of her life.
The romance was boring. It is a prime example of insta-love and I just didn't care for it. The plot was hard to follow to the point where I'm still not completely sure what was going on a lot of the time and most of the characters felt very one-dimensional. There are some interesting ideas and a couple of likeable minor characters but they weren't enough to salvage this story for me.