The Rose and the Dagger ~ Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 5/5 Ahdieh really nailed it with book two of this duology. Many of my concerns from the first book were addressed, and man was this book action packed. The magic ramps up throughout the story, and Shahrzad meets many people who teach her what they think she needs to know. Artan enters her life … Continue reading The Rose and the Dagger ~ Renee Ahdieh

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The Wrath and the Dawn ~ Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 4/5 The Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid, takes a bride each night, only to have her hung on a silk cord each morning at dawn. His kingdom knows him only as a monster, an 18 yo killer. Shahrzad, whose friend was recently sent to marry the caliph and was put to death, volunteers for the … Continue reading The Wrath and the Dawn ~ Renee Ahdieh

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl ~ Gretchen McNeil

Rating: 3/5 I definitely got what McNeil was trying to do here, subvert sexist and homophobic stereotypes by employing them in her plot, revealing their inefficacy and ultimately reminding readers to stay true to themselves. But I found I didn't love this story, despite wanting McNeil to succeed. None of the characters, but especially not … Continue reading I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl ~ Gretchen McNeil