State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury |Book Review

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today?

Today I have another long overdue review for you and of a book that I LOVED! I’ve read State of Sorrow last year and I couldn’t get enough of it. I have to admit that I’m ashamed that my review only goes live today but what can I say? I’m the queen of procrastination. Unfortunately!

And now without further ado, let’s start with this review!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sorrow – for that is all she brings us.

A people laid low by grief and darkness.
A cut-throat race for power and victory.
A girl with everything and nothing to lose…

By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the brother who died before she was born.

By night, she seeks solace in the arms of the boy she’s loved since childhood. But one ghost won’t stop haunting her, and when enemies old and new close ranks against her, Sorrow must decide how far she’s willing to go to win…

Be swept away by the dark and dangerous new world from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy

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Title – State of Sorrow
Author – Melinda Salisbury
Publisher – Scholastic UK
Series? – Sorrow #1
Release date – March 1st 2018
Genre – Fantasy/Young Adult

Trigger Warning – drug abuse, violence, attempted murder, mild sexual content
Version – Hardcover (Fairyloot edition)
Language – English
Pages – 464

What I liked

First of all let me say that the writing was flawless and perfect. I’ve rarely read such a perfect writing style and on a scale of 1-10 it’s easily worth an Eleven! (even more)
Salisbury’s writing style felt great and it also was a visual writing style. I don’t know if you get what I mean but I had the feeling that I was THE main character in this story. And this is truly amazing. I want to read more works from this author!

Another thing I really liked was our main character. She was amazing and I truly loved her and I always felt sorry for her because her life was truly not easy.

State of Sorrow has an original storyline and before this book I have never read anything quite like it before.

The cover art is amazing as well and even though this has nothing to do with the author or the story itself it helped me to pick the book up. And therefore it counts in my eyes.

State of Sorrow makes the reader turn the pages automatically because it is so intriguing that you can simply not put the book down. It’s hypnotising!

There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and some were I had a certain intuition but I wasn’t sure if I would be correct or not. But I have to say that I enjoyed the twists that I didn’t see coming.

State of Sorrow also has great characters that were written in a perfect way by Melinda Salisbury thanks to her amazing storytelling.

This novel is fast-paced and I promise you don’t see the time flying. By now I’m pretty sure that you can guess what comes next. I didn’t want the book to end but I also couldn’t stop reading because it was so addicting!

During the book you can totally relate to the main character and her emotions through the book are understandable. State of Sorrow is an intense but great book and where the main theme is politics.

Now I can’t wait to finally read the second book in this duology but as usual I don’t have a copy of the book. Which shouldn’t surprise me by now. I know myself and I never buy the sequels on time.

What I didn’t like

I wanted to find some flaws but unfortunately I didn’t.

Favourite Character


Overall, State of Sorrow is an amazing young adult fantasy novel that I can recommend you if you’ve enjoyed The Storm Crow. – 7.03$

The Book Depository – 9.45€

Waterstones – 7.99£

And this was everything for this post. Have you read State of Sorrow? Or are you planning on reading it in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!

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