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    Blog Tour Review: STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi

    Welcome to my stop on the STAR-TOUCHED STORIES Blog Tour!

    There aren’t many short story compilations that I would say are must reads, but STAR-TOUCHED STORIES is an absolute must. Not just because it includes the novella, Death and Night. Or because all three stories together expand on the world, give a longer look at the characters you already know and love, give a more complete picture of their lives. But because the writing is every bit as amazing. It lets you get lost in the worlds the author created. It will make you smile and will bring you to tears. It is absolutely magical.

    STAR-TOUCHED STORIES releases today in print, audio and electronic formats. So if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, you can grab your copy at your favorite retailer or e-tailer.

    And if you’d like to know more about what I thought, my review is below.


    About STAR-TOUCHED STORIES

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    Title: STAR-TOUCHED STORIES
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: August 7, 2018
    Publisher: Wednesday Books
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

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    Death and Night

    He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

    Poison and Gold

    Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Gauri and Vikram’s new reign presents itself, she will have to battle her insecurities and maybe, along the way, find love.

    Rose and Sword

    There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

    As the excitement builds for Chokshi’s next series THE GILDED WOLVES (February 2019), this collection will satisfy the cravings for her gorgeous prose and fans can catch up with their favorite characters. Even if dipping into the Star- Touched universe for the first time, STAR-TOUCHED STORIES will draw you in and leaving for more.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Roshani Chokshi’s writing is beauty and poetry and romance. It conveys strength and bravery and sorrow and truth and love. STAR-TOUCHED STORIES is every bit as magical and imaginative and gorgeous as the author’s full-length novels, with each story connecting to the other and telling a tale that while shorter than a novel feels every bit as complete and satisfying and enchanting.

    Each story can be read independently of one another, in any order, whether THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN or A CROWN OF WISHES has been read or not. However, reading these stories following a read of the novels will allow for a better understanding of the characters and a better connection with them. And reading them in order will save the most anticipated and surprising and emotional story for the very end.

    Death and Night tells of how and why the two met and how their story began. It promises humor, romance, witty dialogue, the possibility of heartbreak, and the hope for a happy ending. It is instantly captivating, shares the viewpoints of both characters, returns readers to a world that is interesting and alluring, and reminds them just how extraordinary a writer the author is.

    Poison and Gold invites readers to get to know a bit more about Aasha – her fears, her struggle with her new identity, her wants and wishes. It’s a story of discovering oneself and of acceptance of who they are, and offers a touch of romance and a deadly test to keep things exciting.

    Rose and Sword is a tale of the possibility of a lifetime of love lost before it ever had the chance to truly begin. It is a story of choices and bravery and love and loss. It is beautiful and bittersweet and heartbreaking and beguiling. It promises a quest, beloved as well as unexpected characters, a peek into their future, and answers to the questions of what happens next. It is thoughtful and stunning and the perfect end to the compilation.

    For those readers who just can’t get enough of Roshani Chokshi’s insanely breathtaking writing, STAR-TOUCHED STORIES delivers this in spades. Each story is an adventure. Each story allows readers to become fully immersed. Each story will remind readers why they fell in love with the characters, the world, the writing in the first place.

    The Rating


    About the Author

    ROSHANI CHOKSHI is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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    A CROWN OF WISHES Blog Tour Review

    I am super excited to be a part of the A CROWN OF WISHES Blog Tour. Author Roshani Chokshi has created a series that is so beautifully written and magical that I can’t wait for everyone to discover it and fall in love with her writing and her characters.

    If you haven’t yet read THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN I would definitely recommend reading it prior to A CROWN OF WISHES. And because A CROWN OF WISHES releases today you can read both books back-to-back without having to wait.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this amazing sequel. If you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. There’s also information on both full-length books in the series, and a few excerpts if you want to get a sneak-peek. And if you’d like to know more about the author, her details and places to find her online are at the end of the post.

    Oh… and a prequel novella, DEATH AND NIGHT, is releasing on May 2nd. If you’d like to add it to your Goodreads TBR pile, just click HERE.


    About A CROWN OF WISHES

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    Title & Series: A CROWN OF WISHES (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: March 28, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffn
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

    Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    A CROWN OF WISHES is the epic, action-packed, magical, and completely captivating second book in Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen series. With writing that is gorgeous and poetic, a setting that is enchanting and dreamlike, characters who are dynamic and whose personalities balance one another, and a journey that offers the promise of a wish, this sequel is certain to keep the pages turning.

    Vikram wanted to be seen as more than just a figurehead for the Council of Ujijain to control. But not having royal blood running through his veins meant that they would always deem him unworthy and never give him the power to rule.

    Gauri cared deeply for the people of Bharata. She couldn’t stand idly by while her brother’s callousness, selfishness, and indifference destroyed her home. But when her attempt to overthrow him and take the throne failed, she was banished, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.

    Being a champion in the Tournament of Wishes is their only hope of becoming more than their empty titles – the Fox Prince and the Jewel of Bharata. It is the only way they believe they can achieve their dreams. They just need to find a way to trust each other, to pass whatever tests they’re given, and to figure out how to circumvent the rule that says only one of them can leave when the contest is over – that is if they both survive that long.

    Roshani Chokshi brought to life a story that is myth and adventure and romance and magic. She imagined a world of injustice and cruelty and one of hopes and dreams and desires and vengeance. She introduced beings of terrifying beauty, those with a deadly touch, those who are cursed, those who long for something they don’t have – fantastical and interesting and bizarre creatures who make this tale fascinating and exciting and absolutely wonderful.

    A CROWN OF WISHES will transport readers, with its beautifully written passages and stunning imagery, into both its human and mythical worlds. It will keep them transfixed as Gauri and Vikram confront their fears and put their lives on the line in their attempt to become champions and earn their wishes. And it will make them hope for each character’s happy ending and for the possibility that their happy endings will entwine.

    A quick pace, intriguing Hindu mythology, and a riveting storyline make this sophomore novel a must.

    [Note: A reading of the first book in the series is not required to enjoy this sequel, but it is strongly recommended.]

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    Praise

    Named “One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” by Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Bustle, BookRiot and B&N Teen Blog

    “Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review

    “Chokshi’s debut, The Star-Touched Queen (2016), was lush and gorgeously written, and Chokshi has only improved; this lovely companion tale boasts a stronger narrative structure in addition to the delightful prose.” —Booklist

    “With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “Set against this vivid backdrop is a story with two skill- fully drawn protagonists…this gem will likely send those new to Alaka back to the companion story as its fans wait for another invitation to Chokshi’s luminous world.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

    “Lush and ornate ribbons of language… rich and dizzying.” —The New York Times Book Review on The Star-Touched Queen

    “The sentence-level beauty of this book often stunned me: There’s a smooth, understated loveliness to the writing that kept catching me off guard. In Chokshi’s prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor; never have I wanted to munch on books so much as after reading…Solidly crafted and very engaging, this is a smooth, lovely and assured debut.” —NPR.org on The Star-Touched Queen


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    About Roshani Chokshi

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    Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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    Title & Series: THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN (The Star-Touched Queen #1)
    Author: Roshani Chokshi
    Release date: April 26, 2016
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    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.

    A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

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