Book Reviews


Title: Stain

Author: A. G. Howard

Age Rating: Middle school and above

Stars: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: “After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.”(

Hello everyone! I’m back with another review–finally! It feels really good to be doing this again, even though the business of 2019 has certainly not let up.

This time I am reviewing the latest book by one of my favourite authors ever: Stain by A.G. Howard. I have faithfully reviewed all of her other books so far (The Splintered series and Roseblood). Now its time for another!

I love A. G. Howard for two reasons. First of all, she has an amazing imagination. The stories she writes, though they are retellings, are so original. They are always filled with magic and intrigue, while also putting a slightly dark spin on things. Stain is the darkest and most intriguing one so far and I am loving it. LOVING IT!

The other reason I love A. G. Howard is the simple beauty of her writing. I get a little weak-kneed every time there is a musical metaphor or a dazzling description (see what I did there? *winks*). But this author really does have a gorgeous writing style.

In this particular novel, she didn’t tell the story in the first person like she has in the past and I admit I was a bit taken aback at first. Turns out that no matter what point of view she uses, her writing still maintains its beauty.

Anyway, now that I have spent a while ranting about my awe of the writing I should get down to the real business.

The first one hundred pages set the stage for the rest of the book and I didn’t feel connected to the characters until I got that far. Once the story really got moving, though, the characters were properly explored and I felt a stronger connection.

I can say with certainty that I truly fell in love once several secrets were revealed and a final plan was put in place. The final fourth of the novel was very thrilling! Those revelations also really brought the plot together, but it was fully complete when the twist appeared… THE TWIST! A really big, fantastic ending that I totally did not see coming. I felt momentarily betrayed, but eventually had to admit it was perfect.

So this book is absolutely perfect for anyone who likes fairytale retellings or wants a little dark pizzaz in their life.

Happy reading 2019–let’s fly together!

Mayah XO

Copyright 2019

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