Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

April 24, 2015 1.5 stars, Book Review 9 ★½

Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Published by Scholastic Inc, Scholastic Press on March 1, 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes
Narrator: Amy Shiels
Source: Library or Borrowed, Publisher
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*This book was provided by the Library or Borrowed, Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.


Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...
one-half-stars

I was extremely disappointed with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I picked it up thinking I was going to get a gripping fantasy tale complete with a strong heroine but instead was given a weak willed girl with no direction and the ever tiresome love triangle. I do have to credit the book in that it surprised me at the end. But that doesn’t change my overall feelings. I would recommend this novel to readers that want a YA romance.

Let’s talk about plot – 1.5 star

Unfortunately, it’s the weakest point of the book. Based on the book description I was thinking Twylla was going to be a weapon, or she’s going to rise up against adversity, great things or something big is going to happen!!? But as I continued to read I was let down when nothing happened worth noting. All of the events just slowly meander forward with her spending her days praying and cloistered inside going back and forth between the two love interests. The book is essentially a love triangle romance pitched as a gripping fantasy but I didn’t find anything to grip me. Most YA fantasies at least have some “other” main plot going on outside of the romance plotline but this one didn’t for me. It was such a missed opportunity because there were cool concepts here that could have been fleshed out into THE something stronger that the book description originally sold me on.

Thoughts in the audio narration – 4 star

The narrator Amy Shiels has an absolutely lovely voice. Indeed I will definitely be looking into what else she has narrated. I think if I hadn’t decided to listen instead of read I would have very likely given up reading part way into the book. But now let’s consider how the book’s narrative influences the narrator’s voice. I was pulled in at first by how much nuance she was able to give the character – but then as I became more acquainted with the character and how dull and boring Twylla was I started feeling like not even the narrator could infuse life into her for me. If you’re looking to give this a try I recommend the audio version because she really does an excellent job, it was sadly just the plot and characters that I couldn’t connect with.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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9 Responses to “Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury”

  1. Zareena

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like this one. I haven’t read it yet even with all the positive reviews I’ve read. But I’ve also seen some reviews that also say the plot isn’t really there and the love triangle dominates the book. Love triangles really really annoy me but I think I’ll still give The Sin Eater’s Daughter a chance (eventually). Nice review 🙂
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  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m sorry that this one was such a letdown for you Tabitha 🙁 I have to say that I was expecting all the things you were when I first read the blurb for this one, but reading your thoughts now, I think I’ll pass. I hate when the blurb makes you think the story is going to go in one direction and the book ends up going in another, less exciting way. *shakes fist at misleading blurb* And again with the dreaded YA love-triangle *grumbles* Here’s hoping your next read is/was much better 🙂 Great review^^
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  3. Joséphine @ Word Revel

    When I first saw the cover some time back, I thought meh. But when I read the synopsis, I thought I might consider reading it after all. I just wasn’t sure if I should buy or borrow it. After reading your review, I think I’ll go with maybe borrow one day. Haha. Somehow I’ve been growing increasingly tired reading fantasy or sci-fi with heavy romance plots. I want all the action and intrigue about the worlds and people. If I’m simply looking for romance, I’ll go back to contemporary books.
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