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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

(2020)
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SOMETIMES THE PRINCESS IS THE MONSTER

From the author of Girls Made of Snow and Glass, this captivating and utterly original Persian-inspired fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch is perfect for fans of Natasha Ngan and Naomi Novik.

'Monstrously beautiful and enchanting' Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away from everyone, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it's not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother's wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she's willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn't afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming . . . human or demon. Princess or monster.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Gorgeously written and quietly powerful, Bashardoust’s latest is an enthralling tale of family, monsters, and the things we do for love." - S A Chakraborty

"Every passage is a fine cut gem, each facet brilliantly rendered to create a stunningly crafted fairytale about a girl and monsters and a girl who is also a monster. I truly loved this book." - Emily A Duncan

"This is a gorgeously written book set in a beautiful and dangerous world. I loved the vividness of the story, and the way Bashardoust makes stories matter in this book. I was captivated from the beginning, and absolutely thrilled with the end. Watching Soraya come into her own as a character was a delight." - Kat Howard

"The queer, good-monster book of my dreams. I loved this heroine with my entire soul." - E K Johnston

"Monstrously beautiful and enchanting, Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a fairytale for anyone who has ever feared the poison in their own heart. I loved this queer, subversive, lyrical and deeply affirming book." - Tasha Suri

"Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a tale a rose might tell, lushly perfumed and lined with thorns in all the right places. With complex women, Persian demons, a gorgeously twisting narrative, and the age-old question of what it means to be a monster, it had me eagerly flipping pages until the very end. I only wish there were more!" - Shveta Thakrar

"Like a jeweled fairy tale, Girl, Serpent, Thorn glitters with twisty revelations, curses and dangerous transformations, magic and monsters and love?and at its heart, a girl who can kill with a touch. A thrilling, moving story of what it means to come into one’s own power, this book is utterly captivating." - Gita Trelease


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Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-250-19614-0 / 978-1-250-19614-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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July 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-5293-7907-5 / 978-1-5293-7907-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-250-19616-7 / 978-1-250-19616-3 (USA edition)
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March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-5293-7909-1 / 978-1-5293-7909-9 (UK edition)
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July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-5293-7908-3 / 978-1-5293-7908-2 (UK edition)
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July 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-250-76494-7 / 978-1-250-76494-2 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
ISBN: 1-250-75171-3 / 978-1-250-75171-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
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July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
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July 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
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Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
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July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn: a captivating Persian-inspired fairy tale
Author(s): Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU