"Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, Twylla isn't exactly a member of the court.
She's the executioner." From Amazon.
I was very intrigued by this opening description. There are many books about girls hoping to be moved into the castle and win the heart of the handsome prince. Twylla was forced to go to in order to save her younger sister. She is shunned at court because her touch is lethal, and her only companionship is that of a loyal guard. She was forced to kill the only person who dared to become her friend, so she doesn't try to seek companionship. Her betrothed, Prince Merek, who is immune to her touch, is returning to the kingdom after an absence of several years. Her old guard falls sick right after a new guard joins her security detail, and Tywlla begins to form a connection to him, causing the queen to ramp up to new levels of crazy.
I thought Twylla was a believable character, and her hesitation over who to trust logical in the face of her circumstances. She didn't hesitate to try to improve her situation and fight for herself. I thought the world building was great and the story had twists I didn't see coming, which is always fun. I hate seeing the ending coming from the third chapter!