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Mar. 14th, 2017 05:51 pm
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Title: The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn 0.5)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Format: Epub
Rating: 3.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: March 12, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Book Summary: Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.
Book Review: Real Rating: 3.5

The more I read of these little novellas the more my interest in the bigger portion of the series I am looking forward to.

Although this was a nice addition and a real nice treat to see what Khalid's thoughts were upon his new bride, I didn't find it entirely necessary. Yet it worked in a way, I suppose. Just a nice little treat before preparing to devour the next books in the series.

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Mar. 10th, 2017 03:18 pm
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Title: The Moth and the Flame (The Wrath and the Dawn 0.25)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Format: Epub
Rating: 5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: March 5, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Book Summary: It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.
Book Review: This was the first short novella by Renée Ahdieh I picked up. Normally I would have picked up the first book in the series but I thought a nice, six-chapter book that would the best to get a feel of the series first.

Of course, I understood this book would contain spoilers for the series itself but I expect that with these little novellas.

But it was worth it.

This story follows Despina, an aspiring handmaiden for the new Calipha of Khorasan, Ava, and Jalal, the high captain of the guards, and how a spunky handmaiden was swept off her feet by the very handsome high captain.

I never thought I would find another story that would keep me glued until the very end but this book did. It had romance, humor and moments of tears swelling up in my eyes. It was worth the read even if I did not know all the characters very much but it did give me a really nice introduction to these books.

Now I am hooked and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Renée Ahdieh does a beautiful job with the imagery and she makes you feel as if you are part of the story itself. You might become either character.

This story was worth the read and although it is sometimes best to start off with the first book, a novella can be recommended if you want a chance to give yourself a small introduction to the series itself.

I cannot wait to dive into the rest of these books.

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