Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha & Sarena Nauna

Rating: 3.5/5

“That’s what stories do. They teach us to remember, and to overcome.”

Sisters Of The Snake is a retelling of The Prince and The Pauper but instead this time, it tells the story of Princess Rani who longs to escape her gilded cage and prove herself and Ria, a street urchin stealing to keep herself alive. When the two collide, they decide to take a gamble and decide to switch places as the they are unmistakably identical. But, danger lurks in the darkness and the two girls must adapt to a world that is unlike their own while trying to stay alive at the same time.

I’ve been getting into retellings as of late and this was a fun filled enjoyed ride from the start. While it had it’s downsides which I’ll get to in a bit, it was enjoyable for the most part. The dual narriative being told from Ria and Rani’s perspectives was a plus as it helped give readers a better understanding of the girl’s motives and what they truly wanted in order to feel like their own person. This is a story of familial sacrifice, fate, opposites attract with a magical aspect to add to the cultural aspects throughout the book that make it very real.

However, there are some drawbacks that made me fall in love with it completely. I would’ve liked to seen more world-building and contextualization as there were times where I was confused with the magic system. There were some part that were very predictable and I didn’t feel very invested in the romance. With the romance, I feel there was much too much focus on that and not enough on the characters and the world around them. The notion of Ria’s and Rani’s fate being intertwined is very interesting and I would’ve liked more development then the romance.

Even with it’s faults, Sisters Of The Snake is a fun retelling of an old tale and it’s rich diversity and cultural aspects make it even more interesting than the original. A fun read so check it out if you want!

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