It’s no small secret that Christina has loved the world and characters Renée Ahdieh created with her duology of the magically lush retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. You can find her reviews for the first installment, The Wrath and the Dawn, and the second installment (publishing April 26, 2016), The Rose and the Dagger, by clicking the links. Below are the mini reviews for the short stories accompanying this series.

Title: The Crown and the Arrow

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn,
Book #0.5

Author: Renée Ahdieh ♠ @rahdieh

Published: March 1, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 9

Genres: Young Adult ♠ Fantasy

Source: kindle freebie

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating:  4 stars! The real of it is this: Nine pages clearly isn’t enough when you’re talking about being inside Khalid’s head and him seeing Shazi for the first time. I mean, obviously, every reader is going to want more. More of him observing her, more of his thoughts their first night together, more of watching him fall in love with her. More more more. But for what it was, which was free and a brief snippet inside his head when he stared at her coming up the aisle, I loved it. I guess I’ll have to dream and imagine about what he thought during their first night together and all the other firsts they shared thereafter. Le sigh.

Teaser Quote:

     This girl hated him with all the violence Khalid felt in his heart. Hated the very sight of him. Hated everything he was with everything she had.
     Her hate was a thing of glory.
     She was not afraid.
~quote taken from the kindle version of  The Crown and the Arrow at 84%

Rec it? Of course, it’s free and a super quick read! Naturally, I’m a greedy devourer of this author’s words, so I’ll take any little morsel she decides to throw at me, especially when it includes these characters that I love so much. But, Ms. Ahdieh, please, ma’am, may I have some more? Pretty pleeeeeeeeeeeease!

Title: The Moth and the Flame

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn,
Book #0.25

Author: Renée Ahdieh ♠  @rahdieh

Published: March 22, 2016

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 40

Genres: Young Adult ♠ Fantasy

Source: purchased

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! I freaking looooooved being inside Jalal and Despina’s head. Aside from Khalid and Shazi, they were probably my favorite characters in the book, and their secret love affair had me all sorts of curious. I had always thought I wished to get to know more about it and because of this blessed little novella, I got to see where their relationship started. And. It. Was. Glorious! They have amazing banter that had me laughing and swooning and flailing in abundance, especially considering it was only a too-short-in-my-opinion 40 pages.

Teaser Quote: There were so many little gems of swoony, heart-flutter-inducing quotes in such a small amount of pages. I chose a short one so that you can experience the other beauties firsthand.

     A whisper at her ear. “I find myself unconvinced, lovely girl.”
     “Then–by all means–scurry away, ridiculous boy,” she retorted in airy tones.
     Another rumble of laughter.
     “I don’t run from challenges.”
~ quote taken from the kindle version of The Moth and the Flame at 20%

Rec it? Absolutely! The only thing that could have possibly made this any more perfect was if it had been 300 or so more pages of epicness. I think The Moth and the Flame was a wonderful addition to the series and my only regret in reading this is that I didn’t have many more pages to read. Well worth the meager $1.99 in my honest opinion.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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