Okay, honesty right off the bat: I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.
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.
What Intrigued Me: I love One Thousand and One Nights. Hell, I even love the really corny miniseries from the early 2000’s (with the terrible special effects). Scheherazade is my homegirl. I mean, the woman tells stories to save her life (and the lives of countless other women). How could I not love that?
What Hooked Me: This book checks off so many things on my Favorite Things list.
Classic story retelling? Check.
Revenge plot? Check.
Magical elements? Check.
Enemies-to-lovers romance? Check.
Badass female main character? Check.
Sexy bad boy with a dark past? Check.
What Made Me Fall In Love: Right away, Shazi establishes herself as the head bitch in charge. She doesn’t take crap from anybody.
Her life in perpetually in danger, and she’s giving orders. She’s playing mind games. She’s getting revenge.
She doesn’t need a crown. She doesn’t need to marry a king. She was born a queen.
*Ahem*…me. I’ll take them all.