2016 · 4 Stars · Book Reviews · Retelling · Young Adult

The Rose & The Dagger │ Renée Ahdieh

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Synopsis:

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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Review:

More like 3.5 stars

The hype surrounding this book got to me. I thought it was going to be much better than I found it to be. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to my expectations.

There were many times that I thought “Come on.. we get it, move on!” Those stagnant parts of the books just killed the easy flow that most of the book had.

Overall it was a great conclusion to a great story. Everything was wrapped up real nicely.

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