Monday, 9 February 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic
Buy this book: Amazon / Book Depository
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.She’s the executioner.As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen. However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
Me by the end of this book.
Damn you, Salisbury, damn you! It's been days since I finished this book and I am still completely unable to make up my mind about how I feel. This book took me on a rather wild ride and I was completely unprepared for it. It's one of those books where I thought I had some idea where the story was going, which it did, but then it quickly took twists and turns I never could have predicted. This is a strong debut, that makes me certain I'll be reading whatever Salisbury does next.

I'd had this book on my wishlist for quite some time, the premise sounded intriguing and that cover was just demanding I pick the book up and read it. This is a book that grabs you from page one and it's almost impossible to put it down. The world was one that I couldn't learn enough about, I was fascinated by it. World building is something I pay attention too, but I usually concentrate more on the characters and whether they work for me. It was refreshing to find a book that had me desperate to learn more about the world.


Twylla is a really interesting main character, but how could she not be when she can kill a person with a single touch. I liked learning that she had to drink a deadly poison each month to prove she's a Goddess embodied, which won't kill her but will make her touch fatal to everyone else. Twylla wasn't born into her royal lifestyle, she was actually the daughter of a Sin Eater. I had never actually heard of Sin Eaters before, even though the ritual was used in history - where a person eats a meal which represents the sins of the deceased, allowing them to be absolved of them and rest in peace. Twylla was given the choice to stay with her family, where she would take the place of Sin Eater after her mother or she could choose to go with the Queen and become Daunen embodied. Twylla chose the palace and the extravagant life it presented to her, not really knowing what the consequences would be.

Now the summary for the book talks of the Prince that Twylla is betrothed to, but also about the new guard who arrives. Now that screams LOVE TRIANGLE, which instantly put me off because I'm not a fan. Not to mention I saw a quote in the front of the book saying it had a love triangle to rival Twilight. That also set alarm bells ringing because was there honestly a person who ever liked the love triangle in Twilight? Thankfully both were horribly misleading because this book doesn't actually have a love triangle, at least not in my opinion. Twylla isn't that horribly indecisive girl who finds herself torn between two guys. She's quite decisive and doesn't do that horrible back and forth you see in love triangles. This book actually has characters getting to know one another before declaring their love for each other. I was expecting the romance to be the part of the book I enjoyed the least, but it wasn't. I thought it was handled so well and I loved it. Even if I was taken on a bit of a wild ride where that was concerned.

I refuse to give much of anything away about this book because I can't spoil it for you. I will say that it had way more twists and turns then I ever predicted. There's the evil Queen that you never trust and are rather fearful of, she's the one pulling the strings. I always imagined the Queen as Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones because she really reminded me of her, for many reasons. I loved the court politics aspect to this book as well. There was one reveal that I had guessed and was comforted by the fact that was it, I'd got it and everything would be okay. I was wrong! This book took me completely by surprise, in the best way possible. To make matters even better, it finishes and has an ending that makes it worthy of a standalone, whilst leaving you desperate for more. I finished it thinking it was a standalone, which made me a little sad because I had so much more I wanted to know about this world, the characters and the romance. Have no fear though, apparently it is a series and I can be devouring more of Salisbury's awesome writing soon!

4/5 Butterflies

I really don't want to give away many details about the story because I want you to be able to enjoy it all, to discover everything as you go. I applaud a book that is the first in a series, yet still manages to give you a completely satisfying story without feeling the need to end on a horrible cliffhanger. This has enough closure to read as a standalone, but you'll enjoy it so much that you'll be desperate to get your hands on the sequel regardless. I really enjoyed the book and will be eagerly awaiting whatever Salisbury does next. 



Meet The Author

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, which makes me rather jealous of her. She loves to travel and this can be seen in The Sin Eater's Daughter where parts are inspired by real places that she has visited. When she was a child she genuinely believed that Roald Dahl's Matilda was her biography.

To help us get to know Mel a little more, she's going to share with us the top ten things she can be found doing when she isn't reading.



Top 10 Things Mel Does When She's Not Writing

1. Read!

I love reading (show me a writer who doesn’t?!) and it’s my first and greatest love. I always have a book on the go, and even though time is less available to me now, I still snatch moments while I eat my lunch, just before bed, whenever I’m on trains, or buses, or in a queue. I'm trying this year to be more discerning with what I read, now that I have less time to devote to it, and I'm focusing on the books that really appeal to me. And so far, it’s going well! I've read nine books this year so far and loved them all.

Something that all us book bloggers love to do too! If I'm not reading a book then I'm probably writing about a book I've just read.

2. Travel!

I am a big, big traveller, and I’m lucky that my day job affords me plenty of time to do it. My favourite places to go are Northern and Eastern Europe, though Venice is now a new favourite too. Most of my money goes on travelling, I don’t often buy new clothes, and when I do they’re normally from Charity Shops, Ebay or cheaper high street stores. I eat pretty healthily, but keep an eye out for bargains. Seeing the world is my big passion in life.

Now I am jealous of all the beautiful places that Melinda has visited! I need to go away more.

3. Richard III!

 I am a very proud member of the Richard III society! He’s definitely my favourite king, I think he’s been severely lambasted by Tudor propaganda, and it’s been so exciting for me over the past 3 years to experience them finding his body, and the investigations into his life that has provided. That period of medieval history is captivating, so dark and deadly and game-changing, for the whole country.
 4. Castles!

I love going to have a poke around castles, Warwick Castle and the Tower of London are particular favourites. I was really lucky to get an annual pass to the Historic Royal Palaces this year, so I plan to spend a lot of time exploring them. It ties in to my love of medieval history, but there’s something so powerful about walking in the footsteps of the past, and realising it.

Yes! I would love to spend my time visiting castle after castle. I went to a wedding in Dublin, which was taking place in a castle. I literally paid more attention to the beautiful castle than I did to the wedding ceremony. Oops!

5. Nature!

When I was in primary school, I had this thing I called the Animal Club. The purpose of the Animal Club was to learn all of the names of the native British Wildlife. And what their tracks looked like. And their poo. Unsurprisingly, this club was mostly just me. My whole life I’ve been absolutely besotted with the natural world, and I still am. Everything about the cruelty and beauty of nature thrills me, and I think by now I’ll probably never grow out of it. Anything natural science-y gets my attention. It’s fascinating, how little we know about the world around us.

6. Photography!

I am rubbish at it, but I love it so much. One of these days I'm going to get myself a decent camera and learn it properly, because I already spend a lot of time composing shots, and looking for beautiful things to take pictures of. I may as well do it with decent kit. You never know, I could even start a side-line as a stock photographer.

7. Jewellery making!

One thing I already have a side-line in is making jewellery. It started when I decided to make jewellery for my friends one Christmas and went from there. Now I have an Etsy shop, and I used to sell at craft fairs on weekends too (back in the days of yore when I had weekends). I make book themed jewellery, buying second-hand copies of classics and cutting them up and mounting them in bezels. I've also made some The Sin Eater’s Daughter themed necklaces to be given away at my launch. There’s something really therapeutic about creating lovely things, and I hope I get to do it forever.

8. Harry Potter!

I spend a lot of the time I'm not writing talking about the Harry Potter. My Nana bought me the first book for my birthday (after a fraught conversation about lavender bath sets being more appropriate gifts for young ladies – she caved in, she was the best) and on that birthday I woke up, started reading it, finished reading it and immediately took the rest of my birthday money into town to buy the next three books, two t-shirts, and two chocolate frogs. That level of fangirling has not stopped, the other day I bought tickets for my 6th visit to WB studios, I’ve flown to Florida twice for fan conventions, been to Scotland, Ireland and Sweden for events. I’m an excessively proud Slytherin and plan to eventually use my Collector’s Edition Beedle the Bard as my coffin. Siriusly.

Siriusly, this makes me love Melinda Salisbury even more! We both discovered Harry Potter for the first time when our nan's bought us copies for our birthdays. And it seems that she became as addicted to it as I did. I'm a proud Ravenclaw, even if a small part of me was sad I wasn't a Slytherin and so still own about 6 Slytherin shirts. 

9. Go to the aquarium!

Go to the aquarium! I love the ocean – I live by the sea, and I don’t think I could ever live inland again, not even by a river or a lake – I need the sea. And I’m very lucky, because not only do I live near the sea, but there’s an aquarium very close by too that I can go to when the weather gets rough. There’s something so incredibly soothing about watching fish swim, and something so otherworldly about them. If ever I’m nervous, or anxious about something, I’ll try and get down to the aquarium for an hour or so and find a quiet corner to stand in while I watch the fish. I always feel a lot better when I leave.

10. Mooch around on the internet!

This is the one I'm least proud of. Sometimes, a bit of a wander through the avenues of the Web is fun. Sometimes, four hours pass and the work you were supposed to have done isn't done, and now your eyes hurt and you've nothing to show for it but some reaction GIFs that aren't even that good, if you’re honest. 



I went to the Scholastic blogger brunch, where I was lucky enough to get another ARC copy of The Sin Eater's Daughter. I got my copy signed by Melinda Salisbury, but sadly didn't think to get the spare signed. But I will be giving away my spare copy to one UK winner! And so I don't forget all my international followers, you can have the chance to win a copy from Book Depository, as long as they ship to you!





63 comments:

  1. Oooh, thank you so much for the giveaway!

    Your review is great! I'm glad to hear that you thought the romance was handled well, because a love triangle that rivals the one in Twilight does sound pretty off-putting to be honest! But it sounds like it's not as annoying as that makes it out to be so that's good! It's always great when they actually take time to develop the romance and the characters have time to get to know each other.

    I'm so excited for all the twists and turns and surprises that this book will hold for me! I'm glad to hear that the ending isn't too much of a cliffhanger either and that this would work well even as a standalone. (:

    ReplyDelete
  2. I LOVE this book's cover and it sounds really good! I've heard great things about it so far so I'll definitely be picking it up. Fabulous review! <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it.

      Delete
  3. This book sounds amazing! 100% going to add it to be TBR pile!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  4. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    I'm very excited to read this book! It's sounds really good! <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  5. I am so excited to read this, so many people are loving it. And olay, the cover whore in me so loves that cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  6. Thank you so much for this giveaway! The cover is so beautiful and I can't wait to read it after reading your review! Hope to get my hands on this soon & adding it to my list of books that i shouldn't miss! - SJ 25

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  7. Thanks for giveaway opportunity, I love the sound of this book and have found the legends about Sin Eaters very interesting (Sleepy Hollow has a lot to answer for!).

    Plus, the cover is to die for (no pun intended)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  8. Your review made me really curious about this! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  9. I haven't heard of this book, but it certainly sounds interesting. I appreciate that there doesn't seem to be a true love triangle. Those are way too common these days. Great review. I will have to look this one up :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  10. "was there honestly a person who ever liked the love triangle in Twilight?"

    LMFAO! *deaddd*
    I'm so glad SOMEBODY finally read this book so I could greedily read their review *drools* I mentioned it in my Naming Fantasy Novels post. I'm so glad you liked it. I'm going to get a copy ASAP, becauseee I want to read it RIGHT NOW! Should I enter the giveaway? It feels weird. I never enter giveaways. O_O At the same time, I'm horribly broke so maybe I should. Yes. I should. I will!

    I love the information on Melinda Salisbury. That was pretty interesting (the Animal Club made me 'aw'. I had a club at primary school too... the Best Friends club or some rubbish.) Great great greeeat review, thank you for sharing! (And I hope you are doing okay emotionally.) Will be back sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you got the chance to read it and that you actually enjoyed it.

      Delete
  11. My friends and I were just talking about this book a while ago, and if this review is not a sign that I should pick up a copy of this book ASAP, I don't know what is!

    I admit, I did get a bit worried hearing the romance tagged as Twilight-esque, but thank you so so much for clearing it all up and stating that the romance aspect of the book actually takes it time to build. It's something that I think I would really enjoy. Twylla sounds like an amazing character, and I definitely feel like she's someone I would really enjoy reading about as well!

    Great review, Charnell! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You really should and I hope you love it when you do.

      Delete
  12. I've heard such amazing things about this one! The story's unique and the cover's gorgeous so I can't wait!! I'm super excited :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  13. The cover is sooooo beautiful - The Sin Eater's Daughter isn't my usual type of read, but I can't wait to try this one!
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  14. Well, this sounds interesting! I love a decisive main girl character and I feel comforted that the supposed love triangle isn't that bad ;) I've heard of Sin Eaters before, but I'm not sure it's the same thing...
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  15. If I am honest I wasn't too excited for this books release - but now I am and can't wait to try it myself! I like the idea of good world building because that matters a lot to me in the series. And of course the characters and plot sounds brilliant and like it would hook me in from the beginning. :3 Added to the TBR!

    *whispers* Who liked the love triangle in Twilight? *silently raises hand*

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am absolutely antsy to get this one in my hands. I have it pre-ordered. EXCITEMENT!
    I love what you say about the romance. As with you, and a lot of people, love triangles are so done. I also am quite partial to romances that involve Captains of the guards(Chaol anyone).
    I'm also a character driven reader, but when a book can provide the complete package it's like my bible. Your review leaves me even more excited. Not too much longer now.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you finall get the chance to read it.

      Delete
  17. Great review!
    This definitely sounds like an intriguing read. I'm glad the love triangle was handled well.
    The cover is so pretty!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Jess @ A Book Addict's Bookshelves

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  18. YAAAY!! I AM SO GLAD THIS IS A STRONG DEBUT!! I get worried (just a teeny itty bitty bit) about debuts that I'm really really excited for...but this sounds PERFECT. And awk! The world alone totally intrigues me. I hadn't heard of Sin Eaters before now either. 0.0 I think goodreads needs a really-really-really-really-want-to-read shelf. XD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's very strong and makes me excited to see what the author does next.

      Delete
  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I saw this book the other day and told myself I had to read it! It sounds so great! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  20. I really enjoyed this book. Melinda killed me with the ending though, how am I suppose to wait another year to know? I found this a hard book to review with out giving anything important away. Great review! :D

    Amber @ The Book Bratz

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I enjoyed this, but I've lost interest in the sequel as times gone on.

      Delete
  21. Excited? ME?! Nope, nopeity, nope, I am so NOT excited for this book. Not at all.

    ..

    I'M KIDDING I'M KIDDING I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK I CAN LITERALLY NOT WRITE THIS COMMENT. This is like my number #2 most anticipated debut of the year!! OF COURSE I'M EXCITED. Plus, cover love??!! EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO AND WIPE THIS DROOL ON MY FACE.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'm really excited about this book and yay…no love triangle! I think so many books are marketed as having a love triangle but then there really isn't one. Obviously it depends on how you define love triangle, but still. Glad you enjoy this one! ~Pam

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This was very love triangle free, at least in my opinion.

      Delete
  23. Because it sounds amazing obviously and unique too. I didn't know about Sin Eaters either so yay for learning haha. I can't stop staring at that cover... Great review, you've made me even more excited to get my hands on it :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you really enjoy it when you finally get to read it!

      Delete
  24. Glad you enjoyed the book Charnell, it sent me on a ride too haha. My review should be up soon of it.

    I know what you mean about the love triangle. I think it was silly to advertise it as there really isn't anyone else for her.

    Great review hun :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There really wasn't a love triangle. I'm not sure why they thought that was a great way to market it, when most people are sick to death of love triangles.

      Delete
  25. It sounds as though you have made up your mind. You were entertained and left the book having to give it more thought.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it was an okay read but didn't blow me away.

      Delete
  26. The book cover is gorgeous and just by reading the synopsis i think i am going to love it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  27. I've been wanting to read this book not only because the cover caught my attention, but the summary interested me. I wanted to see how the author's idea of having the main character have such a deadly power. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  28. "Thankfully both were horribly misleading because this book doesn't actually have a love triangle, at least not in my opinion. She's quite decisive and doesn't do that horrible back and forth you see in love triangles."
    ^^^Thank God for that. I am not fan of love triangles so I was a little bit wary of reading this book because of all those hints about love triangle. Now I cannot wait to read this book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  29. This book seems intriguing enough - the cover is catchy :) lovely review <3

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  30. I am so excited to read this one. Evil queen oo yes you always gotta love that type of character. I should hopefully be diving in this week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  31. SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS ONE, CHARNELL! I'm really looking forward to reading this one, and I loved learning some more about the author. :) Thanks for a wonderful review.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete
  32. I'm dying to get my hands on this one!! Sounds sooo exciting and the cover is one of the best I've seen!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it! :)

      Delete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, it always makes my day! Because of time restraints, this is now an award free zone but thanks so much for considering me! Feel free to leave a link to your own blog and I will come visit.