Even though I haven’t read A Thousand and One Nights, I’m a sucker for re-tellings and the original story sounds so amazing, that I had to pick this one up.
“The mighty Caliph of Khorasan. The King of Kings. Her beautiful monster.”
This book follows the life of Shahrzad. She volunteers to become the bride of Khalid, The Caliph of Khorasan because she wants to kill him because he killed her cousin, Shiva. He has a curse and he has to kill a bride every dawn, but when Shahrzad came he falls in love and decide to let her live.
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty. This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
I fell in love with the diversity in this book. I’m glad it wasn’t a story full of white americans because we have a lot of books like that. I enjoy retellings a lot, so I was looking forward to read this book and I don’t know why I waited until now to read it. The characters are amazing. I enjoyed Shahrzad a lot. She’s a young girl full of braveness, courage, determination, and feelings. She went there for vengeance, and I admire her… really. Do you think I’m going to a place where I’ll probably die at dawn? Hell no, I’m a chicken. But she did it, and it was good. She was so kind to Khalid… he admires honesty and that’s what helped her gain Khalid’s love, trust and admiration. Khalid is one of my favorite Kings ever. When you read the synopsis of this book you automatically think he’s a bad person, a monster but throughout the story you realize he’s a kind a person, and he has beautiful feelings. His character development was fantastic. He has to do anything in order to protect his kingdom so that’s why everyone thinks he’s a bad person… because when I say anything, is anything. I’m so happy Shahrzad came into his life, seriously. I have to say something… Tariq is someone I don’t like. I didn’t liked him since the beginning and after that ending I’m more sure than ever that I won’t like him. He’s like Adam from Shatter Me. He thinks Khalid is bad and that he cant’t do anything good, but he’s wrong. He’s judging someone without knowing the truth… it annoyed me and drove me mad.
“I know love is fragile. And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm…And make certain that storm isn’t you.”
The plot was really good. I enjoyed every part of it. I loved how Renée waited and waited to tell the truth behind those deaths. I think it was kind of cool the mystery it had. A curse? Really? I like curses, and I like this one in particular. The romance was stunning, so well developed. I’m a hopeless romantic, so I really enjoyed the romance here; it was beautiful. The magic was weak but I think it would be more well developed in the sequel. I would like to read more about Shazi’s father because I don’t trust him at all, but I think I need to know more about his life. Even though the names were really hard to pronounce (at least for me), the writing was stunning… I swear it was poetic. Such a different culture, language, clothing and titles. As I said before, the diversity in this book is amazing. This author has a lot of potential, I can wait to read more books by her so hurry up Renée, write more books!!!
“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”
I don’t even know how to express my feelings because this book left me speechless, but I adored and loved this book so much. It is a great book, with an amazing character development, world building and diversity. I cannot wait to have my copy of The Rose & The Dagger because I need to know what’s going to happen after that ending with a freaking cliffhanger. I highly recommend this book. If the story doesn’t sound interesting to you, look at the cover and you’ll fall in love. Make sure to pick it up.