Published by Penguin Publishing Group on 2015-05
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Have you guys read A Thousand and One Nights? If you have, you should probably know that this book is way better than that book, in terms of romance, and hot guys. HAHA. Yes, this book has a lot of hot guys that you can’t help but fall for.
I was super interested in this book because everyone and I literally mean everyone was talking about it. About how good it was, how amazing Shahrzad is, how hot Khalid is. And I’ve passed by this book a million times every time I walked into a bookstore. It’s just there, beckoning me to buy it. And so….. I did. And I never regretted it.
Shahrzad was the kind of main female character that you will fall for from the first page. She’s strong and she has a false bravado. Even though she’s trembling inside, she pushes it down with a heart of steel. And that’s what made me love her. She wasn’t all that perfect. She has emotions that threaten to spill, every single time, but what made her awesome was that she learnt to hide it well. She’s sassy too, did you know that? She can be so sarcastic that you will laugh and feel sorry for the person at the other end of her sarcasm. From the start till the end, I was all like, GO SHAZI GOOOOO! She is one of the best female characters that I have ever read about, seriously.
And then there’s Khalid. He was also part of the reason as to why I picked up this book. I was curious as to how a boy-king would explain himself for killing loads of brides. I was totally interested in that explanation, and you know what? I am completely satisfied with the reason behind it all. (If you wanna know, grab this book and READ IT.) And trust me, I don’t really forgive characters easily for doing something sinful (eg. murder, rape), but in this case, I love love love it how Khalid KNEW what he did wrong. He never shifted the blame to anyone else, even though by right, in my opinion, I think he should not be fully blamed for it. But anyway, I hope I didn’t reveal too much. *covers face*
You should read this book, if you have not. This book was enchanting, amazing and just freaking spectacular. WHY HAVE YOU NOT PICKED UP THIS BOOK YET? You will devour the book like I did, and you will crave for book two. CRAAAAVE IT BAD. Hi, Renee Ahdieh, will you PLEASE tell me when the next book will be released? (JK, please don’t feel pressurised!)
Anyway, if you need more reasons to pick this book up, talk to me. I will literally list all the reasons why this book is just magical as hell. SO PICK IT UP. NOW. OK.