She Was and She Was Not by Melissa Bashardoust

She Was and She Was Not

A fairy tale that takes inspiration from ancient Persian/Zoroastrian mythology. A princess is cursed to be poisonous to the touch and explores what inherent power might lie in such a curse.

Details She Was and She Was Not

TitleShe Was and She Was Not
Release DateNov 1st, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Mythology, LGBT, Fairy Tales, Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings, GLBT, Queer

Reviews She Was and She Was Not

  • Dahlia
    This was so. Good. If you love queer fairytales, especially of the non-Western variety, do not do not do NOT miss this Persian-influenced bisexual one.
  • Emily A. Duncan
    Utterly perfect.
  • Rec-It Rachel
  • Julie
    Oh, what a book. This was so beautifully written, so heartbreaking. The story itself was incredible. Soraya was a remarkable, complicated character who had a lot to learn. The writing was luscious and addicting and God do I wish the story was 500 pages longer so I wouldn't have to leave the world so soon. The romance was so gorgeous and devastating. I just. Loved everything about this. But I'm so mad that I'm out of Melissa's books again.
  • Jackie
    “Girl, Serpent, Thorn” is a horrible title that masks a really great read as we explore a new kind of fairy tale where poison lies within the touch of a princess locked away in the tower with a hero who just may be the dragon and with the line between good and evil razor thin you might be tempted to cross it. My biggest critique of this book is the title it’s so weirdly phrased that I was tempted to not even request it but thankfully I did ...
  • Cristina
    every single star in the night sky, i love this so much.
  • Olivia
    I've never read a book with my own culture's folklore behind it. I loved it so much. Is this how other kids feel when they read fair tales? Because I could get used to this.
  • Chloe
    *Spoiler free*I feel like this book kind of snuck up on me. I had seen so many excitment and love for it on Twitter that I was intrigued. Then, I finally read the synopsis and it sounded really, really interesting. Then, the love for it continued on Twitter and I wanted to give it a shot.This is the kind of book where I can't find the words to describe it. It left me breathless. That's the best way I can think of vocalizing how I felt about this ...
  • Cody Roecker
    The best YA fantasy of 2020. Calling it now.
  • Gita Trelease
    Fresh, inventive, beautifully written—full of all sorts of magic and danger and heartbreak. I loved this story about a girl coming into her own fierce power. Dazzling.
  • Vika Ryabova
    Прекрасная волшебная сказка в восточном стиле. Длинная, полная событий, размышлений, переживаний и немного - феминизма :)
  • Sami
    The story of a girl with poison in her veins, isolated and feared by everyone she loves. Head stuck in fairy tales and daydreams, she's astonished to find that she's a fairy tale herself to a boy who seems to see beyond her monstrosity and a girl of the same kind that cursed her. When she begins to doubt the story she's been spun all her life, how far will she go to free herself? This novel is a lyrical masterpiece that puts Melissa Bashardoust o...