Started: July 28, 2017
Finished: July 30, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.
When I read the excerpt for this novel, I felt as if it was almost exactly like the original story – and that made me push it away. I was not all that interested in reading A Thousand and One Nights but written with modern prose. After reading this novel, I still stand by the fact that there are a lot more of the original story in this novel than you might find in other retellings – but I do admit that the book is, still, amazing.
Renée Ahdieh’s writing is captivating and her characters and world feel incredibly real. I fell in love with Khalid and wanted Shazi as my best friend. I wanted to practice archery with Jalal and gossip with Despina. I wanted to live in their kingdom, despite the dangers present there, and I wanted to jump into the story more and more with every page.
If the many similarities with the original story did not bother me that much – and I honestly do not know why they did – this would have been a 5 star read. Especially since those similarities appeared less and less the further into the book you got. But, because of this, I have to stick to 4 stars. Still recommend that everyone reads this – and I can happily admit that I bought the sequel almost immediately after finishing this.
I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #2: Read a hyped book)