The Last Tale of the Flower Bride
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"A fairy tale in the oldest and truest sense: a haunting dream full of blood and love, vicious truths and beautiful lies. It swallowed me whole, and I went willingly." -- Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of Starling House "A delightfully meta fairy tale. . . . Magic emanates from every exquisitely crafted sentence. . . . It feels like the best conjuring trick ever." -- Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post A sumptuous, gothic-infused story about a marriage that is unraveled by dark secrets, a friendship cursed to end in tragedy, and the danger of believing in fairy tales--the breathtaking adult debut from New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi. Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. He was a scholar of myths. She was heiress to a fortune. They exchanged gifts and stories and believed they would live happily ever after--and in exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past. But when Indigo learns that her estranged aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, the House of Dreams, the bridegroom will soon find himself unable to resist. For within the crumbling manor's extravagant rooms and musty halls, there lurks the shadow of another girl: Azure, Indigo's dearest childhood friend who suddenly disappeared. As the house slowly reveals his wife's secrets, the bridegroom will be forced to choose between reality and fantasy, even if doing so threatens to destroy their marriage . . . or their lives. Combining the lush, haunting atmosphere of Mexican Gothic with the dreamy enchantment of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a spellbinding and darkly romantic page-turner about love and lies, secrets and betrayal, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive. "Chokshi's tale is as sweet as a piece of fairy fruit, and just as wicked. Every bite is velvet, every swallow is gold, and the taste lingers like a fever dream." -- V. E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue "Gorgeous and ornate, this sensual fairy tale illuminates the corrosive and redemptive power of both love and lies." -- Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book of Night
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"This book is honestly hard to describe. I liked the unusual story and the characters were intriguing, but at times the flowery prose seemed a bit over the top and distracted from the actual plot. "
"DNF at pg 62 after trying reluctantly to pick up and read for a month. Author tried too hard to be poetic to the unfortunate detriment of the story. Painfully, slow-paced, author doesn’t understand male voice yet wrote from the male perspective. As a poet, even I struggled to find the beauty, just empty words thrown at paper in an effort to be pretty and darkly romantic. I wanted so badly to like it because the premise intrigued me. But, I stopped believing it could deliver on its promises. Other reviewers expressed my same grievances so I made the choice to DNF. It’s unfortunate, I wanted to like it."
"It is a really good story, it’s just not very well written. The first part is reallllllllly hard to get through, I almost DNF but I stuck through it. It’s a very good story, the author just did too much. "
"I have only attempted to read one other Roshani Chokshi novel, and that was The Gilded Wolves. I DNF'd that real quick (personal reasons and certain character portrayals, not necessarily the quality of the story or writing). Now I had sadly come to the conclusion that Roshani Chokshi likely just wasn't going to be an author I cared to read from again, and that's ok, everyone has autobuy authors, and everyone I'm sure has their instant "absolutely not" authors. <br/><br/>Well, then came the news that she would be breaking out of young adult literature and into adult fiction instead. Not only that, but the hype around it being pitched as a "gothic dark fairy-tale," and my curiosity was absolutely piqued. I've kept a general rule for myself that if I didn't like an authors, for example, fantasy book, but then they came out historical fiction, or I didn't like their YA but then they come out with adult, and vice versa, that I should try to see if it was just not a match for the original genre or audience of books I had tried to read by said author. My experience with The Last Tale of the Flower Bride only secured this idea. <br/><br/>Now if anyone is paying any attention to the dates I started and ended the book, it looks like it took me nearly a whole month to read what is a 289 page book (excluding acknowledgements). I will have you know that when I first updated my progress with 50 pages that was on the first day of reading, and then I didn't touch it again until the day I finished it. So really it was just two really spread out days. I will be honest, I did not enjoy the first fifty pages. <br/><br/>It was interesting but I think I just got really tired of the voice of the groom way too easily. But then, when I picked the book back up on March 22, I was starting off with Azure's first chapter and quickly, her chapters were often times twice the length of the groom's, with the groom's becoming much shorter than they were in the beginning. I will also take the time here to note that I am an absolute b*tch for short chapters, so I think that was when I started to actually enjoy the entirety of the book, not just be obsessed with Azure's parts. <br/><br/>The writing throughout was honestly masterful, haunting, atmospheric, gripping, all the adjectives related to these. With that being said, I did have one gripe: the frequency of the Love Test Myths being brought up (ie: Melusine, Eros and Psyche). I figured from the start that it was foreshadowing, I'm sure most readers did. So to be quite honest I'm not sure why the mention of these stories and what happens in them just kept getting added in, perhaps I missed a layer to the novel, and if I did please feel free to point that out to me in the comments. Thankfully, at some point either the frequency lessened or I was just in the thrall of the quicker pacing of the rest of the novel to notice or care anymore though, so I think the most annoyed I was, was truly during that first 50 pages. <br/><br/>The only other complaint I have story wise is that the reveal about the brother at the end felt way too quick, and clean, but then again, while I cared, I was much more invested in Indigo and Azure to care all that much about how brief this part felt in the grand scheme of the rest of the book. <br/><br/>Naturally, we end the book with an epilogue turning the groom, Indigo, and Azure's story into a short fairytale. Of course, the line "in the end, they lived" got me. Any version in any text will always get me. I'm honestly really glad I returned to this book and finished it. While Chokshi's young adult literature may never be for me, her adult work absolutely appears to be, and I hope she writes more adult literature in the future."
"This really surprised me at the end. Typically I figure it out before it reaches the big reveal. It’s mysterious, a little magical, and involves a man’s past that haunts him as well as his beautiful eccentric secretive wife that refuses to speak of her past. I really enjoyed this book. "
"The story was very confusing and I felt lost through the majority of the book. Also, the writing was too lyrical. The book ended with too many unanswered questions. Just not my type of book. "
"So good!! I never put it down! It is such a great plot and it is probably my new favorite!"